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How can I help a friend whose alcohol use may be harming them?

The most obvious signs that a friend has a drinking problem include:


young woman sleepingInsomnia is when you can not get enough sleep to feel rested.  Insomnia is more than just the number of hours you spend asleep; it is also the quality of your sleep that matters.

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of insomnia may include:


male student sleepingOne of the most frequent problems experienced by college students is fatigue.  Students have a busy and demanding lifestyle that often leaves precious few hours for rest.  One essential tool for combating fatigue is an adequate amount of restful sleep.  While this may vary with different individuals, a minimum of 7 hours can be a good starting point.


2 students talkingSTIs (sexually transmitted infections), also known as STDs, are stigmatized in our society. We associate having an STI with being immoral or promiscuous. This may not be the case, but it still makes telling your current, former, or new partner about an STI difficult.

Why should I tell my partner?

If you think you may have exposed a partner to an STI or gotten an STI from your partner, you should tell them.


women student searching onlineYou may not have considered it, but every time you read health information, from food labels to medical forms, you're exercising your health literacy skills.

Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand health information needed to make informed health decisions. Health literacy affects your ability to:


glass with ice and alcoholThe University of Washington has long been a leader in the development and evaluation of prevention programs and intervention efforts targeting risky alcohol use among college students. In fact, researchers at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center (ABRC) in the Department of Psychology and the Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors (CSHRB) in

What is anxiety?

All of us are prone to feel some anxiety in our lives. But when anxiety affects our day to day functioning and enjoyment of life, it becomes an illness. Many people with anxiety disorder do not recognize it. You may have an anxiety disorder if you worry too much on most days for at least six months. Your anxiety may make it hard for you to live life normally.


Why would someone want to hurt themselves?

The college years represent a major transition period. You may be living away from home for the first time. However, the safety nets that can protect you at home may not exist at college. It is easier for problems to go unnoticed away from the eyes of parents, old friends, and high school teachers.


couple in breakup modeThe end of a relationship is one of the more painful and stressful things people experience. As a culture, we have no clear-cut rituals for ending relationships or saying goodbye to significant others. We are often unprepared for the feelings we experience in the process. Sometimes, the emotions that come up after a breakup can catch us off-guard and affect our functioning at school, work, and in other relationships. 


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