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Office of Public Safety

ALCOHOL AWARENESS

When does alcohol abuse become alcoholism?  It is not easy to pinpoint the moment when someone starts having a problem with alcohol.  Instead of clear lines, there are shades of gray between social drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

Know your limits: 
Experts define heavy drinking for men as more than two drinks per day on a regular basis.  For women, it's an average of more than one drink per day.  But it may still be hard to tell when drinking has become a problem.

Losing control:
   Alcohol abuse on a small scale can lead to full-blown alcoholism.  People who continue to abuse alcohol often find they have to drink more to get the same effect.  This warning sign of alcoholism is called tolerance.  In time you may need a drink just to feel normal.  These signs add up to dependence which is a hallmark of alcoholism.

Getting help: 
The effects of alcohol can be devastating.  Family and work relationships usually suffer.  Drinking too much alcohol on even one occasion can lead to injuries or death from a car crash, drowning or other types of incidents. Your doctor is a good place to start finding the counseling or treatment you need.


IF YOU NEED HELP

OFF CAMPUS:  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Referral Routing Service - 1 (800) 662-HELP
ON CAMPUS ASSISTANCE: The Wellness and Counseling Center - Marshak Building Room J15 - (212) 650-8222


FOR MORE SAFETY TIPS CONTACT:

Nidia Polonia, Crime Prevention CCNY Public Safety Department
(212) 650-6036 - npolonia@ccny.cuny.edu
NAC Room 4/201
General Inquiries 24 Hours a day (212) 650-6911

For Emergencies Dial (212) 650-7777


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