Alcohol, Devil or Angel? / 酒精:惡魔還是天使?

(按此看中文版)

Just imagine this scene: you are lying in bed with a bottle of Vodka in hand, looking out of the window at the night sky. Maybe there are even more empty beer cans around. Isn’t this a classical scene in films when a character falls into the lowest point of his/her life? Well, bottles are never a useful treatment for your stress. All it can do is merely providing you with a brief escape from the dark side of your life. What else can you get after all the unconsciousness and false comfort?

I know clearly that university life can be full of stress. A failure of an important exam or interview, a broken relationship, financial burdens or some emotional problems you are afraid to expose to others… these can all become triggers of alcohol abuse. But look around, what else do you have? Don’t forget that you still have people backing you up. Give a call to your parents or old friends, to those who are there for you all the time; put on your sportswear and go for a run at night, letting the stress evaporate with your sweat; visit the SDS Counselling Service to receive help on dealing with your emotional problems, as pouring negative emotions out is the best way to alleviate your stress.

A bit of social drinking may be relaxing and comforting. However, you cannot pretend that everything is fine with bottles of wine. Sometimes it gets worse. Alcohol abuse will bring you even more emotional turmoils, let alone physical harm. As drinking is a personal choice, just bear in mind the following tips for safe drinking:

  1. Eat something before and while you drink.
  2. Don’t drink too fast.
  3. Think before you combine anything.
  4. Try to avoid drinking games.

Writer:   Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Image:   dupagehealth.org

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想想這樣的畫面吧:你獨自一人躺在床上,手裏握著一瓶伏特加,滿面愁容忘向窗外的夜空。身邊還盡是空啤酒罐。聽上去是不是就像電影裏面主角遭遇人生低谷時常有的場景?但是,酒精根本不能幫你緩解壓力。它除了給你帶來短暫的安慰,還能讓你得到什麽?

我知道大學生活有時會讓人喘不過氣。考試面試失敗了,和好朋友鬧僵了,和另一半分手了,經濟上的負擔還有許多情緒問題,都可能成為濫用酒精的誘因。不過仔細想想吧,你真的一無所有嗎?不要忘了始終有在你身後支持你的人。跟父母或者老友,跟那些你知道永遠不會拋棄你的人聊一聊吧;換上跑鞋,開始一場酣暢淋漓的夜跑吧,讓煩惱隨著汗水一起蒸發;或者去學生發展處的個人輔導服務尋求幫助吧,這才是緩解壓力的最好方式。

酒精不能讓一切變得更好,相反,它只會讓一切變得更糟。酒精濫用會帶給你一系列生理和心理的麻煩。不過,飲酒始終是個人選擇,但是請記住下面這些安全飲酒的小貼士:

  1. 喝酒之前和喝酒時都吃點東西;
  2. 不要喝得太快;
  3. 不要隨便混合不同的酒類;
  4. 盡量不參加喝酒遊戲

文:   陳妍宇 (舍堂十)
圖:   dupagehealth.org

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