Radford City has been impacted importantly by substance abuse in recent years, and this is the type of issue that should always be taken seriously because of the harm it can cause, and in this area of Virginia, it has definitely been present and caused some damage within the community. This next statistic will go over excessive drinking, as this is something that can lead to devastation. In 2017, 19% of adults in the county reported either binge or heavy drinking, according to County Health Rankings. For us to truly understand how dangerous this can be, it is important to know exactly what excessive drinking entails. First, when it comes to binge drinking, it is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as drinking to such a degree that it brings the blood alcohol concentration to 0.08% or more. This will usually mean having 5 or more drinks for a man and 4 or more for a woman. As for heavy drinking, this is defined by the same source as more than 4 drinks for men and more than 3 drinks for women, on any day. People from all walks of life can be affected by substance abuse, even a community’s youth. They can often feel a lot of pressure to perform well in school or simply to be accepted by their peers, and this pressure can sometimes take a toll on them. In a school environment, where kids want to make friends, they may want to fit in with a certain group of people, which can bring them to abuse drugs and/or alcohol. Whatever the reason is for a young person to get hooked on drugs, they deserve to get help. There are treatment programs for youth that can assist them in overcoming their substance abuse problems and can also help them find out different ways to deal with their life struggles that are not life-threatening. With commitment on their part, such a program can really bring them to make a full recovery and be given a second chance at a drug-free life.