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Drug Abuse In College

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.


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.

Adjusting to college life can be very stressful and overwhelming to some. Socializing is eased with the consumption of booze therefore making alcohol an attractive invitation. 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.


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.


Reasons Why College Pupils Revert To Drugs

The alarming rate of drug use in college may be attributed to:

  • 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.
  • Academic Demands
  • The pressure to complete their assignments within the due dates leads more students to begin taking stimulants such as Adderall, which can help them to stay awake late at night for the studies.
  • More often than not, commonly abused stimulants like Adderall are acquired without a genuine prescription.
  • Curiosity
  • Students tend to experiment whilst in college, exploring new aspects of both their personal and professional lives.
  • It is almost usual among people at this age to explore and experiment with new things and experiences in life.
  • 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 Pills And Eating Disorders At College

Students in colleges are more susceptible to eating disorders than others.

There was a survey done by the National Institute of Mental Health that shows majority of these students suffer from some eating problem. It is quite unfortunate that these number tends to increase as the years go by. Desperate to lose weight, a large number of students resort to diet pills to achieve their weight loss goals. Some of these drugs have severe effects such as death. There is information about the effects that come with the use of these drugs.


College Drug Choices

College students are known to use almost every kind of drug.

College pupils take some drugs are taken more than others. These include:

  • Most college campuses have to deal with heavy drinking.
  • The society accepts drinking as part of life and that's why recognizing a drinking problem in someone is difficult.
  • Adderall also has the nickname of being a "study drug" and this medication along with some other stimulants is increasingly becoming popular with college students who are facing the pressure to meet all their academic requirements.
  • Many students are using Marijuana as talks about legalizing it are becoming popular.
  • The use of Marijuana has outpaced that of alcohol on many campuses.
  • 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.
  • It is relatively accessible among college students as a party drug, and they are more likely to use this drug as they fall under the target age range for this drug abuse.
  • This party pill is increasingly popular among rave parties and concerts.

Alcohol Effects On College Students

Alcohol gained its notoriety as the most popular and legally accessible substance among college students. 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.

It is observed that the average college students consume more alcohol that their out of school counterparts which can be attributed to the culture and widespread use in campuses.


Booze is drunk by four out of five college pupils.

The Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have reported that nearly half of the population in colleges indulge in excessive drinking. Attack, injury, detention, and passing are issues related to binge drinking, not only long term problems related to health. Learn more about binge drinking and the effects of alcohol on college campuses.


Substance Abuse In Fraternities And Sororities

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 most overused prescription substances within fraternities and sororities, way more than students outside the Greek system.


Seeking Assistance For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Don't go through harsh times alone if you are a college pupil having troubles with heavy drinking, prescription drug overuse, or an unhealthy eating behaviour. You will have support from expert guarantors that our dependence professionals will find for you. Do not delay your contact with us on 0800 246 1509 to understand how you can take your life back from substance abuse or addiction.