It seems impossible to go a weekend without hearing that someone met someone else at a party and "hooked up." The hook-up culture is openly acknowledged by most and accepted by many, and though we are all free to make our own sexual choices, it is important to acknowledge the role that alcohol can play and that alcohol may make it difficult to make healthy and safe choices. According to Susan Bruce, director of the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education, alcohol begins to impair people when blood alcohol content reaches about .05.
In a society obsessed with image and beauty, it is not surprising that an estimated eight million Americans suffer from eating disorders, 95 percent of whom are between the ages of 12 and 25 according to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. The 2005 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey found that 12.3 percent of high school students have gone without eating for 24 hours to avoid gaining weight. First-year College student Meredith Dyer realized she had a problem during her senior year of high school. "It started with heavy exercise and the illusion that I was being healthy, but as my exercise was increasing, my eating was decreasing," she said. Dyer explained that for her, losing weight became a goal to achieve and said dieting was no longer about her body's appearance. Aimee Liu, author of "Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders," explained that eating disorders are often about much more than just food and a desire to be thin. "An eating disorder, like other disorders, is a distress signal.