Students, Alcohol, and Drugs
Alcohol and drug use among students is a serious problem. Campus
environments are often seen as encouraging not only use but abuse.
Binge-drinking (drinking to get drunk, usually considered at least
four drinks on any occasion) is one form of substance abuse that
is very common among students.
Alcohol and drugs pose special problems for students. The average
student who has one drink a day earns a GPA at only a C-level,
and grades plummet with higher consumption. Women need to drink
only half what male students do to cause the same effect on their
grades. Almost half of academic problems come from abusing alcohol.
It's also a factor in about a third of drop-outs.
In an environment where binge-drinking is common, so are substance-related
legal offences and injuries. Illegal drugs, underage possession
of alcohol, and drunk driving can costs fines and jail time. Fights,
sexual assualt, and injuries are more likely to happen when one
has been drinking or doing drugs. Half of campus injuries are
alcohol-related. One third of people who die in drunk driving
crashes are under 25 years old. It's the leading cause of death
for young people.
Many people have stereotypes of what an alcoholic or addict is,
and most people don't associate that image with young students.
Being young and in college doesn't protect you from addiction.
Responsible behavior does.
The CORE Drug and Alcohol Survey
This survey was developed by American colleges and universities
with support from the US government. It reports on use and abuse
of alcohol and drugs by students, as well as student attitudes
towards drugs and alcohol.
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