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Overuse Of Drugs In College

Drugs And College Students

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


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.

Many students experience social anxiety when they enter college. It is easier to let go off your inhibitions after a few drinks and that's why many students are tempted to drink. A good number of pupils falls into dependence of drugs and booze after these become part of a habitual form of enjoying life.


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.


Reasons For Drug Abuse In Colleges

There are many reasons why so many college students become addicted to drugs and alcohol:

  • Anxiety
  • For students dealing with the stress of coursework, part time jobs, internships and the likes many students turn to drugs as a coping mechanism.
  • Course Work
  • The pressure to complete their assignments within the due dates leads more students to begin taking stimulants such as Adderall, which can help them to stay awake late at night for the studies.
  • These prescription medications are usually obtained without a legitimate prescription in most cases.
  • Being Interested In Something New
  • Students tend to experiment whilst in college, exploring new aspects of both their personal and professional lives.
  • Many students start using drugs to satisfy their curiosity about these things.
  • Group/Social/Peer Pressure
  • Many pupils will be lured to experiment drugs because they live in an environment where peers are constantly trying recreational and boasting drugs.

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Eating Conditions And The Use Of Diet Pills

Eating disorders are highly common among college students who are considered to be at an elevated risk in the development of such problems.

As a matter of data suggests that one in every four students have an eating disorder. Over the last two decades men and women who are affected by an eating disorder has shown a tremendous growth, and this number is alarmingly constantly on the rise. Desperate to lose weight, a large number of students resort to diet pills to achieve their weight loss goals. This diet pill use is linked to common health issues and even cause death. Learn about diet pill abuse and eating disorders among college students.


Chosen Drugs On College Campuses

College students are known to use almost every kind of drug.

There are few mainstays among the abused substances that are always there throughout the decades. Some of them are:

  • In most of the colleges, liquor is the most abused substance.
  • It is also tricky to tell if a student is addicted to liquor or not because it is something that is used in many social events.
  • On the other hand, Adderall also popularly known as the study drug, it is the choice prescription drug for staying awake among students.
  • As more and more states approve of the legal use of Marijuana, it has become increasingly common among college students.
  • You shouldn't be surprised to see that it is being abused more than liquor.
  • Ecstasy which became popular during the 90s is presently making a resurgence during the past few years in its pure form and is known as MDMA or Molly.
  • 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 widely abused at raves and gigs.

College Students And The Effects Of Alcohol

Alcohol gained its notoriety as the most popular and legally accessible substance among college students. Alcohol is always present in all the social gatherings in the colleges.

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.

According to National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, almost half of the 80% are binging. Attack, injury, detention, and passing are issues related to binge drinking, not only long term problems related to health. The students in higher institutions are always educated about the dangers of alcohol.


Abuse And Greek Life

The students in the Greek system tend to drink more than those that are not even though they have an environment that hinders them from doing that.

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


Seeking Assistance For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Don't go through harsh times alone if you are a college pupil having troubles with heavy drinking, prescription drug overuse, or an unhealthy eating behaviour. 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.