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Misuse Of Drugs In College

Drugs And College Students

Many college-going students have a drinking or drug problem.


Many people that abuse drugs are young people that are still in school especially in the higher institutions.

Dependence is a plague that affects people that fit into the age range that goes from 18 to 24.

Many students experience social anxiety when they enter college. It is easier to let go off your inhibitions after a few drinks and that's why many students are tempted to drink. Binge drinking is not something that every student starts doing as soon as he enters college, but drinking on a regular basis pushes many students onto the path of addiction.


It is surprising to know that students enrolled to attend college full time are 2x more likely to become addicts or drug abusers compared to those who are out of school.


Understanding Drug Use Among College Students

There are many reasons why so many college students become addicted to drugs and alcohol:

  • Stress
  • Students are usually required to face the high demands of coursework, part-time jobs, internships, social obligations and various other things, which make them turn to drugs as a method of coping.
  • Assignment Burdens
  • Students who do not have a regular studying habit or are too tired and too hectic to establish one more often resort to stimulant use to keep them awake.
  • Many of the time students procure prescription-based medicines when they don't have a legal prescription.
  • Urge To Experiment
  • The lack of experience and an adventurous nature of being a youth can sometimes lead students to desire to use drugs for the first time.
  • It is almost usual among people at this age to explore and experiment with new things and experiences in life.
  • Group/Social/Peer Pressure
  • Students who are surrounded by their seniors who could be experimenting with recreational and performance-enhancing drugs are more than likely to attempt to use these substances for themselves.

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Prevalence Of Diet Pills And Eating Disorders In Campus

Unhealthy eating behaviours are more likely to form among college pupils.

There was a survey done by the National Institute of Mental Health that shows majority of these students suffer from some eating problem. It has increasingly been observed that this statistic is substantially growing among students in the last couple of years. Peer pressure and low-self esteem among college students drive them to pop dieting pills to lose undesirable weight easily. This diet pill use is linked to common health issues and even cause death. Learn about diet pill abuse and eating disorders in college students.


Selected Drugs On College Campuses

Depending on the prevailing waves and technological advances of the time, the drug of choice among college students change with time.

A few substances, however, have been abused constantly by college students. Below are few of them on college campuses:

  • Most college campuses have to deal with heavy drinking.
  • It is hard to classify heavy drinking as an abuse because alcohol is socially accepted.
  • Many college pupils take drugs that improve their performance, one of them is Adderall, also referred to as the "study drug".
  • Pot is now being used most by many students because many states have started legalizing it.
  • The use of Marijuana has outpaced that of alcohol on many campuses.
  • Molly is another drug that is being abused in the colleges and gaining popularity, even though it has been in existence for quite sometime.
  • Party drugs are most popular with people who are in their late teens or 20s, and as most college students fall into this age-bracket, recreational drugs are popular among them.
  • One of the most common party drugs is MDMA.

College Students And The Effects Of Alcohol

No other drug is more commonly abused by college students than alcohol. Booze is basically ever present at private parties, sport venues, and student gatherings therefore becoming synonym of college experience.

The use of alcohol is widespread during college and is often condoned, and this has caused many college students to begin consuming more alcohol at a frequency that is higher than their peers who are no longer present at the college.


Alcohol is used by majority of the population in the campuses.

Data suggests that almost 50 percent of students who consume alcohol have indulged in binge drinking once or many times more. There are many problems that are associated with the excessive use of alcohol such as death and even dropping out of the colleges. Know about alcohol abuse among college students and the dangerous effects of alcohol on the health.


Abuse And Greek Life

The students in the Greek system tend to drink more than those that are not even though they have an environment that hinders them from doing that.

Survey shows that fraternity and sorority members are more predisposed to prescription drug abuse (with Adderall being the commonly abused substance among them).


Getting Help For Drug Or Alcohol Dependency

There is always help for the students in higher institutions that are having a hard time to stop using alcohol or other forms of drugs. You will have support from expert guarantors that our dependence professionals will find for you. Regain control of your life by contacting us on 0800 246 1509 about your substance abuse.