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Alcoholism: From the Perspective of the Alcoholic, Interview 1 Jan 18, 2024

By Kidra Avery, a CSUCI Service Learning student.

This interview was conducted on Zoom on Tuesday September 29th, 2020. Jonathan and I have known each other since he got out of rehab the second time, and have remained friends since. Our interview was very casual, much like two friends speaking openly, with the awkward recognition that we were being recorded. This is his story.

What if you woke...

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The Negative Effects of Drinking Nov 27, 2023

Written by a CSUCI student.

Consuming alcohol is a common thing in today’s culture, but it's not a topic that everyone talks about comfortably. Many people use drinking alcohol to escape from their daily lives and relax without thinking about the ramifications. No one thinks about the long-term effects of drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol while participating in...

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Is Drinking Worth the Consequences? Oct 25, 2023

Written by a CSUCI student.

Many of us have someone close to us who is abusing alcohol and not even realizing it. It turns out that alcohol is the most common substance people turn to for fast relief. Alcohol provides temporary relief for some who suffer from low self-esteem and look for coping mechanisms. Peer pressure and feeling “lesser than others” can cause someone to...

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Alcohol Abuse Within the Family Jun 15, 2023

Written by a CSUCI student.

Alcoholism is a destructive disease that can have far-reaching effects on the individual struggling with addiction, as well as their loved ones. My uncle's story is a tragic and real example of how alcohol can become an escape for people who are struggling with emotional pain and frustration. This blog will explore my uncle's journey with alcoholism, how it has...

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My Friend's DUI & Struggle with Alcohol May 12, 2023

Written by a CSUCI student.

Alcohol abuse and its consequences can have a major impact on someone's life, as my really good friend recently learned the hard way. In Thousand Oaks, California my friend who is only 22 years old was driving under the influence and got a DUI in February of 2023. After getting a DUI in February, he spent a night in jail and was released the next day. The...

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How Did This Happen? Apr 24, 2023

Content warning - This blog post contains sexually explicit content.

 

Written by a CSUCI student.

Alcoholism always starts out fun. In the words of a friend, “All I knew was that it was a drink that made him happy and silly.” -- until that drink overtook them.

The first time is always the funnest, everyone’s a lucky winner.

Warm. Funny. Dizzy. Vomit. Again,...

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Sobriety and Fitness Mar 24, 2023

Ditch the booze and grab some chalk!

Written by Tristan Miler, a CSUCI student.  

Dehydrated. Nauseous. Regretful. Defeated.

Those words can be used to describe a morning wake-up following a night of alcohol consumption. Alcohol is toxic to your body and requires detoxification via your liver. This stress encumbers not only your liver but also your entire body. Some common...

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Underage & Binge Drinking: Keeping Youth Safe Oct 26, 2022

October is the month of Halloween, which means costumes, spooky decorations, and parties. Celebrating with food and drink. Pumpkins. Candy. Alcohol. Teens will go out and celebrate with friends, and may be peer pressured to drink alcohol. It’s a good time to set some house rules and responsibilities, and talk to your kids about how to say no when offered alcohol, and what to do...

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Peer Pressure in School Sep 29, 2022

This post was written by a CSUCI student.

Peer pressure in school is a very widespread issue affecting young people, myself included. Going to school every day throughout my life, I was able to see just how widespread it was and still is today. The biggest issue was the use of drugs. 

I have memories back in middle and high school of drugs being discussed. This was somewhat intimidating...

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How Does Alcohol Advertising Effect Youth? Aug 30, 2022

Have you ever counted how many times you’ve seen drinking depicted as cool, exciting, and a rite of passage in movies, social media, and on television? Imagine being a teen and seeing this. The power that advertising and representation has on us is astounding, and our youth are especially vulnerable because their brains are still developing and they might not be thinking logically about...

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Parents Allowing Alcohol Use Jul 19, 2022

This post was written by a CSUCI student. 

This topic is probably the most baffling one for me. I grew up in a very strict, traditional household where even talking about alcohol was a sore topic, let alone having my parents actually provide it for me. My parents would have the occasional beer or glass of wine once every few weeks. Their lives did not revolve around drinking, which meant...

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Community Opinions about Marijuana, Vaping, and Alcohol Jul 13, 2022

We recently had the pleasure of working with students from CSUCI’s Service Learning program. Some of those students conducted surveys about attitudes around marijuana, vaping, and alcohol in both Ventura and Los Angeles. Here are the questions and responses. 

  • How do you feel about marijuana? 

  • How do you feel about vaping?

  • How do you feel about alcohol? 

  • (For...

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