Student Handbook

Health Risks Related to Alcohol and Controlled Substance Use

Health Risks Related to Alcohol 
Short-term effects of alcohol use include:
            • distorted vision, hearing, and coordination
            • altered perceptions and emotions
            • impaired judgment
            • bad breath
            • hangovers

Long-term effects of heavy alcohol use include:
            • loss of appetite
            • skin problems
            • sexual impotence
            • malnutrition (food substitution; digestion interference)
            • delirium tremors: disorientation, hallucinations, memory loss
            • brain damage and possible permanent psychosis
            • cancer of the mouth, esophagus, or stomach due to alcohol irritation
            • heart disease, enlarged heart, or congestive heart failure
            • liver damage, including cirrhosis, liver cancer, and alcohol hepatitis
            • irritation of the stomach lining causing ulcers and/or gastritis
            • damage to the adrenal/pituitary glands
            • fatal bleeding from esophagus
            • birth defects or injury to the fetus during pregnancy
            • respiratory depression
            • increased aggressiveness, possible abuse of others
            • impairment of coordination and judgment

Health Risks Related to Controlled Substance Use

The general health risks associated with the use of illegal drugs can be divided into two categories: drug use that can destroy a healthy mind and body by outright organic damage, mental illness, malnutrition, and failure to get treatment of injuries or diseases; and drug use that generally reduces the body’s natural immune system and increases the chances for infectious diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS. Drug overdose may cause psychosis, convulsions, coma, or death.

Specific health problems associated with the following drugs:
• Amphetamines: heart problems, malnutrition, possible death, psychological and physical dependence, hallucinations;

• Cocaine: convulsions, coma, death, destruction of nasal membranes, physical dependence, depression, hallucinations, confusion, lesions on the lungs;

• Depressants (Barbiturates, Tranquilizers, Methaqualone): confusion and loss of coordination, physical and psychological intolerance, coma or death, problems when taken with alcohol;

• Marijuana and Hashish: confusion and loss of coordination, psychological dependence, lung damage; 

• Hallucinogens (LSD, PCP DMT STP, MDA, Designer Drugs): hallucinations and panic, birth defects, convulsions, coma, death; and

• Narcotics (Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Opium): lethargy and loss of judgment, physical and psychological dependence, convulsions, coma, death, malnutrition, infection, hepatitis.

    Student Handbook Contact Info

    Jim Wiltgen
    Dean of Students
    (501) 450-1222

    Michael Le Blanc
    Assistant Dean of Students
    Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
    (501) 450-1222

    De Ann Huett
    Administrative Assistant  
    (501) 450-1222