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Is alcohol, tobacco and another drug one of your tools to help calm things down?

Is alcohol, tobacco and another drug one of your tools to help calm things down?

Rethink…are you helping or increasing your stress?

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Stress Management: What You Should Know About Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs..When You Are Feeling Stressed Stress Management: What You Should Know About Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs..When You Are Feeling Stressed Presentation Transcript

  • STRESSED OUT?
    Is alcohol, tobacco and another drug one of your tools to help calm things down?
    Rethink…are you helping or increasing your stress?
    Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health Services
    University of New Hampshire
    www.unh.edu/health-services
    Facebook/Twitter: UNHHealth
  • Tobacco & Stress
  • I feel clamer when I smoke or chew tobacco.
    FACT:
    Nicotine is a stimulant. Instead of calming you down it is actually speeding up bodily functions.
    Sometimes when people are dependant on nicotine, smoking or
    chewing does seem to calm them down, but really the feelings of
    stress are being caused by withdrawal. As nicotine leaves the body,
    withdrawal kicks in, increasing stress and anxiety. Then the person
    uses nicotine products to relax. It seems that nicotine helped but
    really the feelings of withdrawal are subsided for the time being.
    Unfortunately, those feelings will be back and the person will need
    more nicotine.
  • Nocotine can also impact ….
    sleep patterns, which can increase
    stress.
    and
    immune systems which can increase a
    person’s chances of getting sick.
  • Other Drugs & Stress
  • I know misuing drugs may be harmful but it really does seem to relieve stress.
    FACT:
    Some drugs affect the brain the same way stress does. Long-term drug use makes the users more sensitive to everyday stress than non-users.
  • I use drugs occassionally when I am stressed out – it is not like I use all the time. How bad can that be?
    FACT:
    There are several reasons why using drugs to handle stress can lead to problems.
    Drugs can often have the reverse effect than expected, therefore increasing stress levels.
    Drugs can affect sleep and eating patterns which can actually increase overall stress.
    Stress can put people at risk for substance abuse, especially if using drugs to off set the stress.
  • Alcohol & Stress
  • I find having a few drinks relaxing.
    FACT:
    Alcohol relaxes people due to its depressant qualities.
    Women and men can have 1 – 2 drinks, per day and not be negatively impacted physically by that amount. Some may actually see a health benefit.
    But when people drink over these quantities, they risk a variety of impairment problems and unwanted consequences and also increase their stress levels.
  • About High-Risk Drinking
    One night of high-risk
    drinking may make the
    stress seem better in the
    moment, but the
    causes of stress will
    remain and may be
    worse the next day.
    High-risk drinking can
    cause physical stress to
    the body. It can take
    up to 72 hours for the
    body to repair itself
    from a night of high-risk
    drinking. In the
    meantime, the causes
    of stress may continue.
  • About High-Risk Drinking
    Drinking may help you
    fall asleep but it will
    disrupt impair
    sleep which can
    increase stress the next
    day.
    High- risk drinking can
    decrease the immune
    system, making it more
    likely that you will get
    sick.
    Research has shown that when one is experiencing highly stressful events (a death, sickness, breakup) this can influence their use of alcohol. When alcohol is used in these situations the more likely it may be that people will develop patterns of drinking that can be difficult to change later on.
  • All About Stress
  • All stress is bad for you.
    FACT:
    Stress can help you deal with tough situations. It can also be used as a motivator to finish projects, a paper, or study for an exam.
    Stress can also be associated with positive changes such as starting school, a new job or deciding to study abroad.
  • Build Your Stress Toolbox
    Learn how to manage stress and leave alcohol, tobacco and other drugs out!
    • Take a nap
    • Listen to relaxing music
    • Call a friend
    • Get out and move! Ride a bike, go for a walk, hit the gym…
    • Draw, color or do a craft that you find relaxing
    • Read a book
    • Take a bath
    • Get a massage at Health Services (862-3823)
    • Learn stress management techniques with a Wellness Educator/Counselor at Health Services (862-3823)
    • Or use any other tool you find relaxing and that will put you in the right frame of mind to tackle your next task.
  • The Office of Health Education and Promotion, Health
    Services offers the following services to help you manage
    stress:
    - Stress management education/counseling
    - Alcohol, tobacco and other drug education/counseling
    - Individual and group meditation sessions
    - Biofeedback
    - Massage therapy
    - Check out books, videos and CDs on a variety of
    wellness topics from the Resource Library
    - And more…!
    (603) 862-3823
    www.unh.edu/health-services
    Resources at UNH