According to a new study released by the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, 19 percent of underage university students in the state show signs of alcohol abuse or dependance. In addition, more than 41 percent of underage students reported binge drinking in the past month. Among 21-24 year-old’s, 22 percent of students show signs of abuse or dependence. The Collaborative defines binge drinking as consuming 5 or more drinks for males or 4 for females, on the same occasion.
According to the study, almost 12,000 university students in Maryland need counseling for problems with alcohol. Emily Sears, of Towson University’s counseling center, said that while many of these students may not be dependent on alcohol, a majority are abusing alcohol. According to Sears, signs of dependency include increases in tolerance to alcohol, missing class as a result of a hangover, and a loss of relationships due to alcohol use. Increased dependency can carry over later in life and cause similar relationship problems, and difficulty holding onto a job.
Towson is working to reduce alcohol consumption at off-campus parties via the University Relations Committee, which was formed 6 years ago. Students who are issued citations for off-campus drinking by Baltimore County Police are referred to the Office of Student Conduct, where they meet with an alcohol counselor in order to address any problems related to their alcohol use. The university also offers counseling for alcohol related problems at the Counseling Center.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, there is help available. At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and toward appropriate care for addictive disorders. To speak with someone at our office, please call us at 410-853-7691.
About The Bergand Group:
The Bergand Group is located in Lutherville, MD under the careful supervision of Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Paul Giannandrea. The pair has created a true Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment program in The Bergand Group. Two complimentary doctors to provide a setting in which patients can be treated and in which clinicians can work that embodies the core principles Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Giannandrea have held to in over 25 years of practice to form the Bergand Group.
As the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders requires addressing each patient’s individual needs, the ability to individualize that treatment is essential. The Bergand Group offers varying levels of intensity in outpatient services, both individual and group. Efforts are made to match clients with appropriate therapists. Pharmacologic therapy, drug monitoring and prescribing, use of antagonist and blocking agents, buprenorphine- both detox and maintenance, are offered.