Mental Health

Binge Drinking Among Teens

Binge drinking has been a problem among adolescents and college students for many years.  The problem only seems to be getting worse.  Youth are drinking at younger ages, more frequently, and at higher volumes.  Binge drinking is considered as having 5 drinks within a short period of time for young men and 4 drinks within a short period of time for young women.  Binge drinking has many risks and can cause significant damage to many people's lives.  Some of those dangers includee:  an increased likelihood of assaults or date rape, physical injuries, death, poor academics, and drinking and driving.  Many parents do not understand the consequences of their teens drinking, espeically as it was something they once did as a teenager.  What all parents need to understand is that drinking, especially binge drinking is much more of a problem now than it was when they were growing up. The School-Based Health Center staff is here to help and offers a variety of services. To find out more about the SBHC, please go to About Us. To find out more information about the risks and implications of binge drinking for women in particluar, please click on the following link:

Helpful Phone Numbers

If you aren't currently in school or don't want to visit the health center just yet, these phone numbers may be helpful for you:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Runnaway Switchboard:  800-621-4000
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:  800-843-5678
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline:  800-656-HOPE
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline:  866-331-9474
  • SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends):  800-DONT-CUT 800-366-8288
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: 1-800-729-6686
  • National Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline: 1-800-227-8922
  • National Life Center/Pregnancy Hotline: 1-800-848-5683
  • Planned Parenthood - Chicago, Illinois 312-592-6700; National: 1-800-230-PLAN
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Helpline:  1-888-340-4528

New Partnership Between Facebook, SAMHSA and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

posted Dec 20, 2011, 7:53 AM by

In partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the Nation and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an email from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.

Read the SAMHSA Blog.

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