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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.


The rate of addiction in college students is higher than most other groups.

Young individuals [ages 18 to 24] are already at an increased risk of addiction.

It is common for many students to come across problems of natural social anxiety when they begin life in college. Socializing is eased with the consumption of booze therefore making alcohol an attractive invitation. Not every student within the college begins to binge drink or to abuse drugs immediately, but it is the problem of having drinks routinely to have some additional fun, which leads many students towards an addiction.


Drugs and booze are easily overused by full-time college students than youngsters who do not study in a campus.


Why College Students Turn To Drug Use

The percentage of drug abusers among college students is on the higher side and is attributed to a number of factors, including the following:

  • Pressure
  • 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.
  • Academic Demands
  • Adderall is one of many stimulants that pupils take in order to stay awake and turn in their homework on time.
  • Many of the time students procure prescription-based medicines when they don't have a legal prescription.
  • Being Interested In Something New
  • 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.
  • Social Pressure
  • Your environment and the kind of people who surround you are more likely to influence your person and your decision making.

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Diet Pills And Eating Disorders At College

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

National Institute of Mental Health pegged that 1 in 4 college students suffers eating disorders. Over the last two decades men and women who are affected by an eating disorder has shown a tremendous growth, and this number is alarmingly constantly on the rise. In order to cut down weight, many college pupils opt for diet tablets overuse. Some of these drugs have severe effects such as death. Get more info about unhealthy eating behaviours and diet tablets overuse on college campuses.


College Drug Choices

College pupils try any type of drug depending on the latest tendencies.

With that said, certain drugs are most commonly abused in college campuses. These include:

  • In most of the colleges, liquor is the most abused substance.
  • Having a drink is often believed to be socially acceptable and recognising a problem among college students who are abusing alcohol can be difficult.
  • Another form of drug that is used mostly in colleges is Adderall because many students believe that it keeps them awake and they can concentrate on their studies.
  • As more and more states approve of the legal use of Marijuana, it has become increasingly common among college students.
  • Other states even have campuses tallying increased use of cannabis as opposed to alcohol.
  • Ecstasy which became popular during the 90s is presently making a resurgence during the past few years in its pure form and is known as MDMA or Molly.
  • 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.
  • MDMA is highly popular at concerts and rave parties.

How Alcohol Affects Students

A majority of students in the higher institutions use liquor. 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.


Survey reveals that a staggering 80% of college students drink alcohol.

Nearly 50% of all students who consume alcohol have reportedly resorted to binge drinking according to a document published by the National Institute On Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Excessive consumption of alcohol is not just a major health concern within the long-term, but it can also cause immediate tragedies such as assault, injury, arrest and even fatalities. The students in higher institutions are always educated about the dangers of alcohol.


Fraternity And Sorority Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Despite attempts by fraternities and sororities to create a family environment for college students in their perusal of academic and philanthropic endeavours consumption of alcohol and drug abuse within the Greek system are more common than students outside the system.

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


Look For Support For Drug Or Alcohol Addiction

If you or someone you know in campus is overtly showing signs of any of the aforementioned abuse, take urgent action to ask for help. You can trust our experts to assist you in finding experienced counsellors to help you get out of your addiction. Gain your life back from overuse and dependence by contacting us now on 0800 246 1509.