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College Drug Abuse

College Pupils And Drug Overuse

College campuses face widespread issues like heavy drinking, prescription substance overuse, and recreational drug consumption.


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

The probability of drug dependency is very high in teenage years.

Many students experience social anxiety when they enter college. They can join social circles where they start using alcohol and eventually get addicted to it. These addiction usually comes gradually when the continue drinking.


Students who are attending college full time have a two times greater risk of alcohol or drug addiction than their counterparts who don't go to college.


Why College Students Turn To Drug Use

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

  • Stress
  • 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 Work
  • 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.
  • Curiosity
  • 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.
  • The self-exploration can lead into drug experimentation, and this is a matter which is well-documented.
  • 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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Eating Abnormalities And Dieting Pills In College

College students are exposed to higher vulnerability to develop eating disorders.

There was a survey done by the National Institute of Mental Health that shows majority of these students suffer from some eating problem. To make the matters worse, the incidence rate of eating disorder among students is increasing, as shown by a study which concluded that in the last twenty years, the number of cases of a specific eating disorder has increased, both in men and women. Peer pressure and low-self esteem among college students drive them to pop dieting pills to lose undesirable weight easily. This has the potential to cause severe health problems up to and including 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.

There are some common drugs that can be found in nearly all the colleges. They are:

  • Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in college campuses.
  • It is hard to classify heavy drinking as an abuse because alcohol is socially accepted.
  • Many students, especially those who are stressed out about finishing study assignments on time, reach out for stimulants such as Adderall, which are also known as "study drugs".
  • Pot is now being used most by many students because many states have started legalizing it.
  • Other states even have campuses tallying increased use of cannabis as opposed to alcohol.
  • Ecstasy also known as molly or MDMA, is making its comeback since it was first introduced in the early 90's.
  • 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.
  • This party pill is increasingly popular among rave parties and concerts.

Alcohol Effects On College Students

The most hazardous drug found in college campuses is booze. Drinking alcohol is extremely common in campus, as it is a part of every house party, student parties, and 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.


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

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. Attack, injury, detention, and passing are issues related to binge drinking, not only long term problems related to health. Get more info about heavy drinking and the symptoms of booze on college campuses.


Fraternity And Sorority Drug And Alcohol Abuse

The idea of family relationship fostered in fraternities and sorority groups is somewhat negated with the increasing alcohol and drug culture that are common among them.

Members of a Greek system abuse drugs more than other students.


Getting Help For Drug Or Alcohol Dependency

Help is closer than you think in case you are unable to come out of your drinking problem, drug abuse, or eating disorder. 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.