Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

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Ventura County Community College District-Drug and Alcohol Policy

Know California law regarding marijuana, controlled substances, alcohol use (647F) and driving under the influence (23152, 23220) 

Take your life back. Set yourself free from drug and alcohol addiction. Here are some resources that can help:

Are You Binge Drinking?

You are binge drinking if you are having four or more drinks in a row one or more times in a two week period. It may seem like you are just having fun but you are seriously harming yourself now and in the future.

Binge drinking increases the risk of:

How to reduce binge drinking

Binge drinking affects academic success

  • Cortical thickness, or outer brain volume, is significantly reduced.
  • Impaired control, self-perception, and self-care; greater risk-taking; and worse academic or occupational consequences compared to light drinkers.
  • Lower levels of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), the most important inhibitory (calming) neurotransmitter, in the frontal lobe. Deficiencies in GABA are associated with a range of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
  • Lower levels of the metabolite NAA (N-acetylaspartate). Deficiencies in NAA are associated with impaired neuronal health (brain cell integrity).