Running head: effect of substance abuse on students 2
Binge drinking, prescription drug abuse and recreational drug use are all common problems on college campuses. College students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide. Young people (ages 18 to 24) are already at a heightened risk of addiction. Those who are enrolled in a full-time college program are twice more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than those who don’t attend college.
Starting out in college produces some natural social anxiety for many students. The temptation to drink is strong because college students overwhelmingly find that alcohol makes socializing easier. Not all college students immediately start binge drinking and doing drugs, but routinely drinking to have more fun leads many students toward addiction. Many factors trigger substance abuse among college students:-
Changes in the environment, new social roles, peer pressure, hazing rituals are some of the reasons why students do drugs. Other reasons include high levels of social anxiety, extra stress, new responsibilities, copying the parental behavior and desire to experiment. Studies show that having too much free time is a leading factor.
*Nicotine, marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, such as Adderall, and heroin are also on the list of popular drugs among students.
Drugs and college are two words that pair perfectly. Let’s be frank, all of us have high expectations and memories related to college life: independence, freedom, and much more. And there’s one thing that makes us feel only a step away from making all our dreams come true: drugs. Since the beginning of civilization drugs have been the way to achieve inner peace. You can reach God and act as your real self with no worries.
It’s not surprising that young people use drugs, especially in college. The desire to experiment, to fit and be “cool,” are only some of the reasons behind drug use among college students. Others include coping with stress and peer pressure, numbing the pain or embarrassment, to deal with unstructured time and boredom.
Whatever the reason is, the truth is that many young people still don’t have the right amount of experience. They don’t have the self-awareness to resist their urges or leading trends, and they often become victims to drug addiction. The one sip of alcohol or the one shot of heroin often grows into substance abuse and addiction.
· The alarming facts behind drugs in college are:
1. Many students have tried some drugs prior college
2. 3.8 million, which is half of all full-time students, abuse drugs
3. Four out of five students participate in heavy drinking
4. 40% of students engage in binge drinking
5. 600,000 students suffer injuries due to drinking and 1,825 die due to alcohol
6. Students report having tried heavy drugs, such as heroin and cocaine...