Alcohol and COVID-19
Students review the impacts of stress and alcohol on the immune system. Presented by Hannah Gubser, Stephanie Macke, Kara Lemkau, Elizabeth Kawamoto, Annie Schact
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- [00:00:02.080]In this presentation,
- [00:00:03.010]we'll be discussing stress and alcohol,
- [00:00:05.440]and how that affects your immune system,
- [00:00:07.310]specifically in college-aged students.
- [00:00:12.800]According to the National Institute
- [00:00:14.810]on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,
- [00:00:16.870]about 55% of students 18 to 22
- [00:00:19.770]reported drinking in the last month,
- [00:00:21.710]and about 1/3 of them had recently
- [00:00:23.820]participated in binge drinking.
- [00:00:26.530]Excessive alcohol consumption can lead
- [00:00:28.380]to a compromised immune system,
- [00:00:30.150]so by looking at these numbers,
- [00:00:31.440]we can see that there's a large proportion of students
- [00:00:33.600]at risk for a compromised immune system.
- [00:00:40.400]As many of us know, college students frequently
- [00:00:42.780]have a high level of stress due to homework, exams,
- [00:00:45.740]on top of financial responsibilities.
- [00:00:48.290]When the stress is not properly handled,
- [00:00:50.580]it alters the body's ability
- [00:00:52.050]to fight illnesses and infections.
- [00:00:58.220]So what happens when your immune system is weakened?
- [00:01:01.300]Excessive stress and alcohol
- [00:01:03.720]can make you more susceptible to diseases,
- [00:01:06.370]such as COVID-19 and influenza,
- [00:01:08.840]which can become problematic this upcoming flu season.
- [00:01:15.203]So how do we maintain a healthy immune system?
- [00:01:18.340]We can do a better job of monitoring our drinking
- [00:01:21.050]by only having one drink an hour,
- [00:01:23.290]and maxing at four a night.
- [00:01:25.460]We can reduce our stress by using healthy coping mechanisms.
- [00:01:29.860]We can make sure we're getting
- [00:01:31.140]at least eight hours of sleep a night,
- [00:01:33.990]exercising 30 minutes a day,
- [00:01:35.610]even if it's just walking around on campus with a friend;
- [00:01:39.090]and we can make sure we're drinking plenty of water
- [00:01:41.220]by always having a water bottle filled with us,
- [00:01:43.670]and having a balanced diet.
- [00:01:49.440]If you need further help,
- [00:01:50.480]the university offers several caring
- [00:01:52.500]and non-judgemental resources,
- [00:01:54.020]such as Big Red Resilience and Well-Being,
- [00:01:56.650]Alcoholic Anonymous meetings every Monday night
- [00:01:59.400]at 8:00 pm in Husker Hall,
- [00:02:01.420]or counseling and psychological services,
- [00:02:03.860]otherwise known as CAPS, which is in the Health Center.
- [00:02:06.590]And they provide crisis care appointments,
- [00:02:08.650]individual counseling, and alcohol and other drug resources.
- [00:02:12.520]The contacts are listed below,
- [00:02:13.990]and they're more than happy to help.
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