The negative physical and mental effects of the use of alcohol and other drugs are well documented. Use and abuse of these drugs may cause blackouts, poisoning, and overdose; physical and psychological dependence; damage to vital organs such as the brain, heart and liver; inability to learn and remember information; and psychological problems including depression, psychosis, and severe anxiety.
Impaired judgment and coordination resulting from the use of alcohol and other drugs are associated with DUI/DWI arrests; hazing; falls, drowning and other injuries; contracting sexually-transmitted illnesses; unwanted or unplanned sexual experiences and pregnancy; and physical assault.
Abuse of alcohol and/or other drugs by family members and friends may also cause concern for students and employees. Patterns of risk-taking behavior and dependency negatively impact the lives of abusers and can interfere with the emotional well-being and academic and work performance of family members.
For additional information regarding specific substances, see “Health and Behavioral Risks of Alcohol and Other Drugs” in University of Lynchburg Alcohol and Drug Policies.