Stress and Impulsive young women at universities: Ammara HashmiStress permeates almost every aspect of society and has now become a normal experience for most Pakistanis. Although stress was called the “The epidemic of the 80’s”, stress levels since then have continued to rise. There are many known negative implications of stressful life circumstances on personal health. Stress can cause elevated blood pressure, headaches, stomach-aches  sleeping problems, and chest pains. Stress also has been shown to inhibit the immune system. Further, chronic stress can severely impact both mental and physical health.

Stress may affect students’ health and their academic performance. This stress is felt dramatically among university students, and academic pressures can lead to the development of unhealthy habits. Various researches are conducted to figure out different coping strategies -specific efforts that individuals employ to manage stress- in students. It is found that more women now use alcohol to cope stress, placing them at risk of developing alcohol use disorders.

A new study at University of Georgia find the influence of impulsivity-related traits leads them to take alcohol. This impulsive drinking results as symptoms of alcohol dependence (AD) among college women Drinking habits often form in young adulthood, so if a young women gets into the habit of drinking heavily, it may be harder for her to break this habit as an adult. Additionally, because of physiological differences between men and women, women may have more immediate and severe physical symptoms if they consume as much alcohol as a male peer.

Among college women, excessive alcohol consumption is associated with numerous negative consequences. These include impaired academic performance, increased risk of sexual assault, increased risk of injury by accident, and even increased risk of death. This study adds further clarity to the types of personality traits and motivational factors that are at play in increasing symptoms of AD in young adult women across a critical period of the first semester of college.

Students especially College women should learn to plan ahead when they go drinking in order to reduce their risk for problems. Women who tend to get impulsive when distressed should seek training from mental health professionals on effective ways to avoid impulsive actions that prove harmful. Parents and college administrators should not underestimate the risks associated with heavy drinking during the college years. Healthy activities and little appreciation from teachers and parents can go a long a way.

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