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Wednesday, 27 May, 2009 12:17 PM
Will grads outgrow the 'college drinking' lifestyle? An expert reveals warning signs
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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 72% of people have a single period of heavy drinking that last 3-4 years (usually during college) and peaks during ages 18-24 and then they phase out of it. Therefore, 22% do not phase out of it or do not pass through that type of phase.
For 'most' of us.... This period, our best drinking days, was probably in college.
Now, as graduations occur across the country and a fresh crop of young professionals leave their hallowed walls for cubicles and higher degrees, a big question comes to mind, "Will they outgrow the 'college drinking' lifestyle?"
Sarah Allen Benton, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor of college aged students and a recovering alcoholic, did NOT outgrow it. And now wants to help others recognize common warning in her new book: Understanding The High-Functioning Alcoholic: Professional Views and Personal Insights.
Benton was recently featured in Jane Brody's column of the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/05/health/05brod.html?_r=1) and is also an addicition blogger for PsychologyToday.com.
Understanding The High-Functioning Alcoholic is an in-depth exploration of a hidden class of alcoholics and is intended to inform readers that being successful professionally or personally and being an alcoholic are not mutually exclusive. Benton challenges the stereotype of the "skid-row" alcoholic by lifting the veil on alcoholics who believe they can hide behind their external successes. Alcoholism may manifest differently in individuals, but all alcoholics have the same disease.
Source: Newman Communications, Inc.
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