Freshman 15…Could Alcohol be the Culprit?

For those of you who will be trotting off to college in a few weeks, you’ve probably heard of the dreaded Freshman 15. Oh, you haven’t? Well, the Freshman 15 is a euphemism for the weight that many college freshman gain in their early months of study. Some of this can probably be associated with extra freedom in the realm of food-choices. Some of it can be attributed to the fact that many college students aren’t very financially stable and thus fill their (small) pantries with processed, inexpensive foods. But a major factor is alcohol consumption.

Here are some interesting tidbits about alcohol and gaining that Freshman 15!

>> Beer is usually the major contributor to the weight gain because of its empty calories, and typically has less alcohol by volume. // Source

>> Alcoholic drinks tend to be high in calories. Additionally, alcohol can deteriorate muscle tissue, which lowers your overall metabolism. So, in case you needed them, now you have more reasons to stay away from binge drinking. // Source

>> Due to the body absorbing alcohol quickly, people can also gain an appetite while drinking. Whether at a party or only having fast food available, students often turn to fatty and greasy food while drinking alcohol. // Source

In addition to the fact that most college freshman have no business drinking (considering it is illegal for those under 21), alcohol abuse in the early years of college (and beyond) can result in major health deterioration on top of the “Freshman 15”. Make wise choices. YOU are strong enough to resist temptation. There are so many other fun activities to choose from in college rather than drinking.

Back to School…Back to School…

image-3 (2)It’s hard to believe that it is already time for students and teachers to start prepping to go back to school. For some students, they’re entering high school or middle school for the first time. For others, this might be their first year of college. Whatever the year of school, there will be many exciting opportunities for learning, fun, and socializing. Football games will start up in a few weeks, as will talk of school dances and mixers.

If you’re in middle school, high school, or college, there will no doubt be opportunities to engage in dangerous activities–namely drugs and alcohol abuse. The temptation might be extremely high. “Everyone’s doing it!” you might say to yourself. I assure you, everyone is NOT participating in those unsafe past times and you don’t have to either. In the next few weeks, the CPMA blog will be bringing you many articles and posts about remaining safe and making wise decisions during this busy and exciting time of year.

So, as you start preparing your backpacks, acquiring your text books, and “First Day Back” outfits, make some time in your busy life to read these posts, share them, and really let the words sink in! You have all the willpower and courage you need to make smart choices in the 2013/2014 school year!