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Lifestyle

Hangover

Symptoms

Hangover is characterized by headache, dry mouth, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and feeling shaky and/or sweaty.

Cause

Excessive intake of alcohol causes a hangover due to:

  • Dehydration by stimulating the kidneys to produce urine. This may cause dizziness and dry mouth
  • Irritation of your stomach lining leading to nausea and/or vomiting
  • Low blood sugar leading to dizziness
  • Expansion of blood vessels leading to headache

Self-Care

  • Sip fluids, fruit juice or soup
  • Eat crackers, dry cereal, toast
  • Take an over-the-counter medicine for headache
  • Rest

To lessen the severity of a hangover

  • Eat something before drinking
  • Drink water/soda between alcoholic drinks
  • Drink only one kind of alcohol
  • Avoid drinking games

Additional Resources

Mayo Clinic Information

Web MD Hangover Information

Substance Use: Alcohol

Before you use alcohol, consider the possible consequences. Students report verbal abuse, physical fights, missing classes, unsafe sex, sexual assaults and DUIs as a result of excessive alcohol use. These consequences affect not only you, but the people around you.

Additional Resources

College Drinking Prevention Website

Factsontap.org

Substance Use: Drugs

The most commonly used drugs on campus after alcohol are marijuana and nicotine. Other street drugs used are hallucinogens (LSD), barbiturates (downers), amphetamines (uppers), inhalants, morphine and cocaine. Drugs on the rise on campuses are “club drugs” known as MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, Ketamine, methamphetamine, LSD and prescription narcotics. 

Additional Resources

National Institute on Drug Abuse and Addiction

Club Drugs

Tattoos

  • Be sure of what you want. If you have any doubts, wait
  • Make the decision on your own
  • Talk to the artist to make sure they are knowledgeable, professional and experienced
  • Check out the studio’s cleanliness and tattooing procedures
    • New needles
    • Sterilization of equipment
    • Use of medical gloves
    • Clear instructions for care of the tattoo

Remember, it’s permanent:

    • Will you like the design 5, 10, 20 years from now?
    • What about a new job? Change in careers? Social situations?

Self-Care

  • Allow two to three weeks for healing
  • Don’t pick the skin at the site of the tattoo. This increases chance of scarring and infection
  • Moisturize the tattoo
  • Stay out of the sun. Sun fades a tattoo over time

Body Piercings

  • Rings are better for ears and many body piercing
  • Check out the studio’s cleanliness and body piercing procedures
    • Piercing done in a separate room
    • Use of medical gloves
    • Sterile, disposable needles
    • Never use piercing gun
    • Studio has an autoclave and ultrasonic cleaner
  • Beware of jewelry that’s too thin or thick for the area to be pierced. Jewelry that’s too thin can tear out and jewelry that’s too thick can cause scarring
  • Jewelry should be made of stainless steel, 14 or 18 karat gold titanium or niobium only
  • Beware of jewelry that has scratches, nicks or irregular surfaces

Self-Care

  • Clean your hands before touching your piercing
  • Soak the piercing in water saline solution for 5 minutes once to twice daily
  • Rotate the piercing during cleaning
  • Clean with mild antimicrobial soap
  • Dry the piercing with paper towels

Additional Resources

Mayo Clinic Topic Overview

Web MD Topic Overview

 

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