College bound? Know the facts and avoid a future of addiction and self-destruction! College has already started for some students and others are getting ready for sessions to begin. What we want most for our young men and women in college is to have a successful, enjoyable and safe year.
Today the use of alcohol and drugs in college among many students is unbelievably high in social settings and for increasing academic performance when it comes to cramming for tests and completing assignments.
College students have their whole lives ahead of them as they're working toward their futures and sadly many of them make risky choices during this time that could affect them the rest of their life. Alcohol, prescription drugs, recreational drugs and other substances are commonly used among many college students today and one night of partying can change a person's direction in life forever.
Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking
Alcohol consumption is very common among many college students and around half of the students that drink "consume alcohol through binge drinking" according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A lot of students feel drinking in college is normal and just part of being in college according to Samhsa. Sadly though, one out of every four full time students in the past year experienced either alcohol use or dependence. In 2009 almost half of college student's substance abuse treatment admissions were for alcohol abuse.
According to NIH around 4 out of 5 students in college drink alcohol and almost sixty percent are between the ages of eighteen and twenty years old. They also go on to state that around 1,825 students in college between eighteen and twenty four, die every year from injuries and motor vehicle accidents that are alcohol related. Close to 700,000 students in the same age brackets are assaulted every year by a student that's been drinking and over 97,000 students are "victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape".
Prescription Stimulant Drugs and College Students
Stimulant drugs like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta are often used by students in college and unfortunately they're widely available on college campuses. Many college students are obtaining stimulant medications that are meant to help manage the symptoms of ADHD, to increase their academic performance and don't realize how addictive they are.
Stimulant drugs are sometimes referred to as 'smart drugs' or 'smart doping' and many college students are uninformed of the risks associated with the nonmedical use of prescription medications. Not only are prescription stimulant medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta addictive, combining them with alcohol or other drugs can lead to overdose or even death. It's not uncommon for young people to combine stimulants, alcohol and other substances together to enhance their recreational enjoyment while hanging out, partying or just to get high.
Young people in college have a world of opportunities waiting for them when they graduate and an amazing life to explore and we want all of them to be there healthy, happy and safe in the future! Let college be the road you take toward the best years of your life, not a path toward self-destruction and addiction.