Are you someone who drinks on a regular basis? It could be once a month, once a week, a few times a week, or even more frequent than that – the Wellness Resource Center is promoting the first week of April as a time to try and go alcohol-free and join the sizable community of students, staff, and faculty on campus who choose not to incorporate alcohol into their lifestyle. There are many benefits to abstaining from alcohol including better sleep, improvements in critical thinking, problem-solving, memory, and mood, and probably more money in your bank account!

For some people who choose to drink, alcohol may serve a significant function. Using it as a coping mechanism or as a way to open up socially are examples of how people may rely on alcohol to serve a need, though not in the most healthy or sustainable way. This next week can also be a time to reflect on your alcohol use and examine the role it plays in your life. We recognize that it is not easy for everyone to just abstain from alcohol at a moment’s notice, especially if it’s serving a significant purpose.

Over the course of the week, Chris Walters, Health Educator in the Wellness Resource Center, will hold open office hours for any student interested in discussing their own alcohol use, how to talk to a friend who’s abusing alcohol, setting up a process to cut down or eliminate use, and finding healthier alternatives to serve needs that are being treated with alcohol. Also, stop by our table on Thursday (April 5th), National Alcohol Screening Day, for information on alcohol abuse and free Alcohol Use Disorder screening forms.

Open Office Hours the week of April 1st:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3-5pm in Worner 221

And be sure to follow the WRC on Facebook and Instagram for daily information and motivation to encourage you throughout the week!
Instagram: @wellnesscc

Posted by for the March 30, 2018 digest.

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