... On your Life
Substance abuse and addiction can seriously affect one's life
in school, at work, and in relationships.
- Poor school performance. Studies show that grades go down as alcohol consumption increases.
The average student who has one drink a day earns a GPA of only
a C-level. Greater usage is associated with failing grades. 30%
of academic problems stem from alcohol misuse.
- Poor work performance. People with substance abuse
problems miss more work days, are less productive, have more problems
with their bosses, and make more mistakes--including on-the-job
- Relationship trouble. Substance abuse puts a strain on relationships. Problem drinkers
tend to change social circles often and are unable to maintain
long term friendships. They alienate themselves from others to
hide their excessive consumption.
- Personality changes. Drastic personalitiy changes can result from drinking or using drugs.
A normally quiet person may become boisterous or obnoxious, even
violent, under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Marijuana
has been linked to "amotivational syndrome" in which people lose
interest in their jobs, friends, and lives. Drugs such as cocaine,
amphetamines, and LSD can cause psychosis.