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College Drug Abuse

College Pupils And Drug Overuse

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.

Dependence is a plague that affects people that fit into the age range that goes from 18 to 24.

Trying to fit in socially is what lead many new students in colleges to start using drugs. 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.


Top Reasons Behind High Addiction Rates In College Students

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.
  • Academic Demands
  • Wanting to succeed always makes the students study harder and they can use some stimulants in a bid to enhance their concentration.
  • Most of these substances tend to be found with no proper prescription.
  • Urge To Experiment
  • College students, because of their young age and fewer responsibilities want to try out new things.
  • The self-exploration can lead into drug experimentation, and this is a matter which is well-documented.
  • Group/Social/Peer 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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Eating Abnormalities And Dieting Pills In College

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

As a matter of data suggests that one in every four students have an eating disorder. A report revealed that the number of both males and females having unhealthy eating behaviours has increased by far in the past twenty years. In order to cut down weight, many college pupils opt for diet tablets overuse. Some of these drugs have severe effects such as death. There is information about the effects that come with the use of these drugs.


Popular Drugs Among College Students

Many new drugs are being introduced in the campuses every.

With that said, certain drugs are most commonly abused in college campuses. Some of them 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".
  • As more and more states approve of the legal use of Marijuana, it has become increasingly common among college students.
  • The use of Marijuana has outpaced that of alcohol on many campuses.
  • Ecstasy, which was very popular in the 90s, has started becoming popular in college campuses again in a more concentrated form, called molly or MDMA.
  • 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.
  • MDMA is highly popular at concerts and rave parties.

College Students And The Effects Of Alcohol

The most hazardous drug found in college campuses is booze. Consuming alcohol is synonymous with the experience in college and alcohol is always present during house parties, sporting events and student get-togethers.

Most college pupils end up assuming more booze that non college students because its abuse during college is common and often excused.


It is estimated 80 percent of college students use alcohol.

Data suggests that almost 50 percent of students who consume alcohol have indulged in binge drinking once or many times more. Unmoderated alcohol drinking is not only detrimental to the drinker but also to other people in terms of troubles and violence it causes. The students in higher institutions are always educated about the dangers of alcohol.


Greek Life And Overuse

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.

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


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. We have healthcare experts and counsellors who can take care of your needs in dealing with this predicament. Regain control of your life by contacting us on 0800 246 1509 about your substance abuse.