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College Drug Abuse

Drugs And College Students

College life to some is often associated with parties where binge drinking and abuse of recreational and prescription drugs are common.


A national report shows that a huge number of abusers are college students.

The risk of addiction is already high in young people within the age bracket of 18 to 24.

Many pupils suffer social anxiety when first going to college. It is easier to let go off your inhibitions after a few drinks and that's why many students are tempted to drink. They don't immediately graduate to drug use or binge drinking but their new found habits predispose them to a greater risk of substance abuse.


There is also a very small chance for the people that are not in these institutions to use drugs as compared to those studying there.


Reasons Why College Pupils Revert To Drugs

There are many reasons that cause people to start using these drugs such as:

  • Pressure
  • Many students are unable to manage various demands, like studying, working part-time, completing their internship program, and socializing, and start using drugs to escape stress.
  • Course Load
  • A large number of students turn to stimulants, like Adderall, so that they can work for longer hours at a stretch to submit assignments on time.
  • Most of the times, medical practitioners are not the ones that have advised or prescribed these drugs to the students.
  • Being Interested In Something New
  • From a personal and professional perspective, pupils are placed before new phases of their lives.
  • Trying drugs is part of these new phases.
  • Group/Social/Peer Pressure
  • Many pupils will be lured to experiment drugs because they live in an environment where peers are constantly trying recreational and boasting drugs.

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Diet Tablets And Eating Issues At College

There is usually problems with dieting among many college students.

There was a survey done by the National Institute of Mental Health that shows majority of these students suffer from some eating problem. A report revealed that the number of both males and females having unhealthy eating behaviours has increased by far in the past twenty years. Desperate to lose weight, a large number of students resort to diet pills to achieve their weight loss goals. Death and other health complications can occur because of this. There is information about the effects that come with the use of these drugs.


Popular Drugs Among College Students

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

There are few mainstays among the abused substances that are always there throughout the decades. The examples are:

  • Alcohol is attributed to most cases of campus troubles that are related to substance use.
  • It is hard to classify heavy drinking as an abuse because alcohol is socially accepted.
  • On the other hand, Adderall also popularly known as the study drug, it is the choice prescription drug for staying awake among students.
  • Legislation is presently in favour of Marijuana legalisation and many college students have begun focusing on pot as their favoured choice of drug.
  • Other states even have campuses tallying increased use of cannabis as opposed to alcohol.
  • Molly is another drug that is being abused in the colleges and gaining popularity, even though it has been in existence for quite sometime.
  • Students in their 20s tend to overuse the "party drug" as their generation is in the target age range for the most common abusers of this substance.
  • In many social events where musicians come to perform, you will never fail to come across students using Molly.

Alcohol And The Impact On College Students

A majority of students in the higher institutions use liquor. More and more students find it cool and associate drinking and intoxication to fun college life, earning its ubiquitous attendance in almost all college parties and sports celebrations.

Alcohol is so common in college and its use rarely, if ever, is frowned at, and that's why college students as a group drink more alcohol than those who are of the same age but do not attend college.


It is estimated 80 percent of college students use alcohol.

The Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have reported that nearly half of the population in colleges indulge in excessive drinking. Binge drinking causes severe health damage over a period of time, but it also contributes to immediate mishaps like accidents and violent fights. The students in higher institutions are always educated about the dangers of alcohol.


Fraternity And Sorority Drug And Alcohol Abuse

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.

Adderall is one of the drugs that the students in these systems take more.


Getting The Assistance Required For Dependency On Drugs Or Alcohol

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.