Substance Abuse in College
College means enduring long hours of study, worrying about grades, making new friends, and yes – getting a little rowdy on a Friday night. Unfortunately, for far too many students, relaxing on the weekend might also mean indulging in far too much alcohol or even harder substances.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about four out of five college students drink alcohol. Though drinking has long been the most common form of substance abuse in college, the National Institute on Drug Abuse points out that the use of marijuana, prescription drugs and illicit drugs is on the rise. The good news is that students can be proactive in understanding what constitutes substance abuse, how to keep their own habits in check, and how to spot problems in themselves or others. This guide offers a wealth of resources to help students do all of those things and more.