Stress. and Substance Abuse. Stress is inevitable… It is the body’s reaction to protect itself from emotional, physical pressures, and in extreme circumstances…from danger. STRESS FACTS. 80 % of health-care expenses is spent on stress-related disorders
Too much or too little
Time pressure and deadlines
Lack of clear plans and goals
Inability to complete assignments/projects
Frustration/boredom with current roles
Disruptions to Plans
Health and Nutrition
Lack of Exercise
Lack of Relaxation
Lack of Sleep
No FUN!!Stress Factors
Insufficient working and living space
Crowding and invasion of personal space
Lack of light
Poorly organized or run down environment
Do you feel a constant pressure to achieve?
Do you criticize yourself when you are not perfect?
Do you give up pleasure/relaxation in order to get more done?
Do you feel you have not done enough no matter how hard you try?Stress Factors
Standard Drink: 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, 1.5 ounces of liquor. These all contain the same amount of alcohol…your brain cannot tell the difference between a beer and a shot
As a rule, a small person experiences greater impairment from a given amount of alcohol than a large person. Also, because degree of impairment is related to total body fluid
Women are typically more impaired from the same amount of alcohol then men of the same size. Women have more body fat and less blood.
Drinking alcohol with an empty stomach causes greater impairment
ILLNESS OR TIREDNESS
Someone who is tired, sick, or just getting well experiences greater impairment from alcohol. Fatigue adds greatly to increased risk, especially for shift workers.
This refers to all drugs, legal and illicit. Drinking alcohol while taking any drug can intensify or weaken the effect of the drug. It can also intensify the effect of the alcohol. It is dangerous & can be fatal.