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College And Drug Use

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.


Many people that abuse drugs are young people that are still in school especially in the higher institutions.

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

Many pupils suffer social anxiety when first going to college. They can join social circles where they start using alcohol and eventually get addicted to it. These addiction usually comes gradually when the continue drinking.


Drugs and booze are easily overused by full-time college students than youngsters who do not study in a campus.


Understanding Drug Use Among College Students

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

  • Pressure
  • Students are usually required to face the high demands of coursework, part-time jobs, internships, social obligations and various other things, which make them turn to drugs as a method of coping.
  • Course Work
  • 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.
  • Curiosity
  • 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
  • Students who are surrounded by their seniors who could be experimenting with recreational and performance-enhancing drugs are more than likely to attempt to use these substances for themselves.

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Eating Abnormalities And Dieting Pills In College

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

According to a research of the National Institute of Mental Health, at least 25% of college pupils have problems with unhealthy eating behaviours. 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. Some of these drugs have severe effects such as death. 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.

College pupils take some drugs are taken more than others. The examples are:

  • In most of the colleges, liquor is the most abused substance.
  • The society accepts drinking as part of life and that's why recognizing a drinking problem in someone is difficult.
  • 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.
  • In many states, Marijuana is now legal and that's why its use among college students is rising.
  • Other states even have campuses tallying increased use of cannabis as opposed to alcohol.
  • Ecstasy also known as molly or MDMA, is making its comeback since it was first introduced in the early 90's.
  • 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.
  • One of the most common party drugs is MDMA.

Alcohol Effects On College Pupils

By far, alcohol is in the position of being the most popular and dangerous drug on college campuses. Booze is basically ever present at private parties, sport venues, and student gatherings therefore becoming synonym of college experience.

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


Four out of five college students consume alcohol during their time in college.

The Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have reported that nearly half of the population in colleges indulge in excessive drinking. Unmoderated alcohol drinking is not only detrimental to the drinker but also to other people in terms of troubles and violence it causes. Discover more helpful information about excessive alcohol use and its effects on students and college campuses.


Greek Life And Overuse

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


Seeking Assistance For Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Help is closer than you think in case you are unable to come out of your drinking problem, drug abuse, or eating disorder. Our addiction specialists can get you in touch with caring and experienced counsellors to help you overcome this problem. We invite you to contact us on 0800 246 1509 so that we can help you get over your addiction and reclaim your life.