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College Drug Abuse

College Pupils And Drug Overuse

Students in higher institutions take part in drug abuse and excessive use of alcohol.


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. It is easier to let go off your inhibitions after a few drinks and that's why many students are tempted to drink. 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.


Top Reasons Behind High Addiction Rates In College Students

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

  • Pressure
  • There are many activities in colleges such as internships, exams and social life that can exert some pressure to students causing them to resort to using drugs.
  • Course Work
  • Adderall is one of many stimulants that pupils take in order to stay awake and turn in their homework on time.
  • More often than not, commonly abused stimulants like Adderall are acquired without a genuine 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.
  • They will thus be curious to try out some things such as drugs and alcohol.
  • 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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Diet Tablets And Eating Issues 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. 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. In an effort to loose some pounds, they resort to the use of weight loss pills. This has the potential to cause severe health problems up to and including death. Learn about diet pill abuse and eating disorders among college students.


Popular Drugs Among College Students

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

There are few mainstays among the abused substances that are always there throughout the decades. Below are few of them on college campuses:

  • Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in college campuses.
  • It is not considered illicit especially if you are of age hence regulating or identifying abuse of this substance is often overlooked.
  • 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.
  • Legislation is presently in favour of Marijuana legalisation and many college students have begun focusing on pot as their favoured choice of drug.
  • 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.
  • Party drugs are most popular with people who are in their late teens or 20s, and as most college students fall into this age-bracket, recreational drugs are popular among them.
  • This party pill is increasingly popular among rave parties and concerts.

Alcohol And The Impact On College Students

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.

This means that the people in these colleges will end up taking more alcohol compared to their agemates that are not in these institutions.


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. Learn more about binge drinking and the effects of alcohol on college campuses.


Substance Abuse In Fraternities And Sororities

There are many different fraternities in colleges, each of which encourages its members to have friendly relations with other members and to seek excellence in academia and other spheres, but Greek system, with all its good points, has more cases of alcohol and drug abuse than others.

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


Seeking Assistance For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

If you are struggling with a problem of binge drinking, prescription-drug abuse and an eating disorder, furthermore, are a college student you do not have to counter this difficult time alone. Our addiction specialists can get you in touch with caring and experienced counsellors to help you overcome this problem. 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.