The rate of substance abuse (both drugs and alcohol) among college students has risen steadily in recent years. A recent study found that 37% of college students have used an illegal drug and/or abused alcohol on a regular basis.
Stats on Alcohol Use Among College Students
The prevalence of drinking among college students is staggering. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 54.9% of full-time college students between the ages of 18 and 22 drank alcohol in the past month, which is over 10% higher than non-college students of the same age. The study also discovered that each year:
- 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.
- 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
- Approximately 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers and receiving lower grades overall.
Symptoms related to mental health problems can also be worsened or trigger new symptoms with the use of drugs and alcohol. And when combined with medications like anti-anxiety pills, antidepressants and mood stabilizers, drugs and alcohol can make symptoms more difficult to manage.
Signs of Drug and/or Alcohol AbuseThe following signs may indicate drug or alcohol abuse:
- Lack of interest in class and other activities
- Negative change in academic performance
- Weight fluctuations
- Withdrawing from friends or acting secretive
- Unexplained changes in behavior or personality
- Mood swings, depression or irritability