Drug and Alcohol abuse in college

by Brietta

It's no secret that college students have been known to have issues with drug and alcohol abuse. Looking at drinking alone, 60% of students reported drinking within the past month, 40% admitted to binge drinking. 13% claimed heavy drinking in the past month.

Each year 1,825 students die from alcohol-related injuries, including auto crashes. 599,000 are unintentionally injured while under the influence of alcohol. Meanwhile, 696,000 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

97,000 are victims of alcohol related sexual assault or date rape. 13% of college students claim to have had unprotected sex as a result of excessive drinking. Over 100,000 students report being too drunk to know if they consented to having sex.

25% of students have academic consequences due to drinking. 19% have met the criteria for alcohol abuse or an alcohol use disorder. A terrifying number, 5,860,000, drive under the influence of alcohol.

While more than enough trouble can be found with alcohol, some students, 41% in 2014, still report using illicit substances. A graph shows the top 10 Most On-Campus Drug Related Arrests in 2013 per 1000 students. Number one was SUNY New Paltz with a rate of 13.9 and number two SUNY Oswego with a rate of 12.3. Number three was University of West Georgia with a rate of 11.8.

In 2014 5.9% of college students said they smoked marijuana 20 or more times in the prior month. It's the highest rate of near-daily use reported since 1980. 21% of students admit to smoking at least once a month and 34% admit to at least once a year. Of all 19-22 year old high school graduates, only 35% viewed marijuana as dangerous in 2014 vs the 55% in 2006.

Prescription Stimulants are also a huge problem for college students, they abuse them for several reasons including to help focus when studying (44%), athletic performance, staying awake (31%), weight loss, and purely recreational. 66% of college seniors will be offered prescription stimulants for non-medical use while going to college. Nearly half will use them at least once. Full time students are twice as likely to abuse Adderall than their peers. 57% will get the medication from a friend. 10% will get them from a family member, and 6% use a "dealer". Adderall is the most abused stimulant at 60%, Ritalin is at 20% and Vyvanse is at 14% and all three are prescribed to help people deal with ADHD.

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