Drugs And College Students
Students in higher institutions take part in drug abuse and excessive use of alcohol.
One of the bigger groups of substance addicts countrywide are college pupils.
The probability of drug dependency is very high in teenage years.
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. 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.
Top Reasons Behind High Addiction Rates In College Students
There are many reasons why so many college students become addicted to drugs and alcohol
- 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
- Wanting to succeed always makes the students study harder and they can use some stimulants in a bid to enhance their concentration.
- More often than not, commonly abused stimulants like Adderall are acquired without a genuine prescription.
- From a personal and professional perspective, pupils are placed before new phases of their lives.
- It is almost usual among people at this age to explore and experiment with new things and experiences in life.
- 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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Prevalence Of Diet Pills And Eating Disorders In Campus
College students are exposed to higher vulnerability to develop eating disorders.
According to a research of the National Institute of Mental Health, at least 25% of college pupils have problems with unhealthy eating behaviours. It is quite unfortunate that these number tends to increase as the years go by. In order to cut down weight, many college pupils opt for diet tablets overuse. This has the potential to cause severe health problems up to and including death. There is information about the effects that come with the use of these drugs.
Popular Drugs Among College Students
College pupils try any type of drug depending on the latest tendencies.
College pupils take some drugs are taken more than others. Below are few of them on college campuses
- 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.
- Adderall also has the nickname of being a "study drug" and this medication along with some other stimulants is increasingly becoming popular with college students who are facing the pressure to meet all their academic requirements.
- Pot is now being used most by many students because many states have started legalizing it.
- Marijuana beats alcohol consumption in some campuses.
- Ecstasy also known as molly or MDMA, is making its comeback since it was first introduced in the early 90's.
- The "party drug" is also used by the youths all over campuses, as they fall under the target age range for this drug.
- One of the most common party drugs is MDMA.
Alcohol And The Impact On College Students
By far, alcohol is in the position of being the most popular and dangerous drug on college campuses. Alcohol is always present in all the social gatherings in the colleges.
Alcohol is so common in college and its use rarely, if ever, is frowned at, and that's why college students as a group drink more alcohol than those who are of the same age but do not attend college.
Booze is drunk by four out of five college pupils.
Data suggests that almost 50 percent of students who consume alcohol have indulged in binge drinking once or many times more. 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.
Greek Life And Misuse
The idea of family relationship fostered in fraternities and sorority groups is somewhat negated with the increasing alcohol and drug culture that are common among them.
Members within the fraternity and the sorority are more than likely than their non-Greek peers to abuse prescription medications, including Adderall.
Look For Support For Drug Or Alcohol Addiction
If you or someone you know in campus is overtly showing signs of any of the aforementioned abuse, take urgent action to ask for help. Our addiction specialists can get you in touch with caring and experienced counsellors to help you overcome this problem. Regain control of your life by contacting us on 0800 246 1509 about your substance abuse.