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College Drug Abuse

The Misuse Of Drugs In Higher Institutions

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


A national report shows that a huge number of abusers are college students.

Young individuals [ages 18 to 24] are already at an increased risk of addiction.

Trying to fit in socially is what lead many new students in colleges to start using drugs. They can join social circles where they start using alcohol and eventually get addicted to it. Binge drinking is not something that every student starts doing as soon as he enters college, but drinking on a regular basis pushes many students onto the path of addiction.


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.


Understanding Drug Use Among College Students

Several things can lead college pupils to fall for drug overuse and these are:

  • Stress
  • 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.
  • Assignment Burdens
  • Wanting to succeed always makes the students study harder and they can use some stimulants in a bid to enhance their concentration.
  • These prescription medications are usually obtained without a legitimate prescription in most cases.
  • Being Interested In Something New
  • From a personal and professional perspective, pupils are placed before new phases of their lives.
  • They will thus be curious to try out some things such as drugs and alcohol.
  • Social Pressure
  • Students who are part of a peer group in which many people use recreational drugs are more susceptible to use drugs.

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Eating Conditions And The Use Of Diet Pills

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

National Institute of Mental Health pegged that 1 in 4 college students suffers eating disorders. 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 an effort to loose some pounds, they resort to the use of weight loss pills. Indiscriminate use of diet pills can have severe health consequences. Get more info about unhealthy eating behaviours and diet tablets overuse on college campuses.


Types Of Drugs Found In Higher Institutions

There is no drug available with the immunity for college experimentation, and this is simply because trends have been changing constantly over a period of time.

A few substances, however, have been abused constantly by college students. Below are few of them on college campuses:

  • In most of the colleges, liquor is the most abused substance.
  • Having a drink is often believed to be socially acceptable and recognising a problem among college students who are abusing alcohol can be difficult.
  • 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".
  • In many states, Marijuana is now legal and that's why its use among college students is rising.
  • The use of Marijuana has outpaced that of alcohol on many campuses.
  • Ecstasy also known as molly or MDMA, is making its comeback since it was first introduced in the early 90's.
  • Students in college are within the target age range for this "party drug" that is often abused by teenagers and young adults in their 20s.
  • MDMA is widely abused at raves and gigs.

How Alcohol Affects Students

No other drug is more commonly abused by college students than alcohol. 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.

The use of alcohol is widespread during college and is often condoned, and this has caused many college students to begin consuming more alcohol at a frequency that is higher than their peers who are no longer present at the college.


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. 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.

Adderall is one of the drugs that the students in these systems take more.


Getting The Assistance Required For Dependency On Drugs Or Alcohol

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. We can help you get the best assistance in stopping this addiction. We invite you to contact us on 0800 246 1509 so that we can help you get over your addiction and reclaim your life.