The image of fraternity boys hosting parties where all of the students have consumed too much alcohol has been perpetuated through just about every form of media. But how accurate is the image? And what, beyond a painful hangover the next day, are the real consequences for those who do fit the stereotype?
College athletics can be a great experience, with a family-like atmosphere and strong bonds between fellow teammates. But when it comes time to leave this atmosphere, what happens to the athlete who isn’t able to find a similarly supportive situation? Surely depression follows. At least that was the thesis for a study of college athletes. But the findings show that depression in college sports starts far sooner than their last day off school.
College students in the U.S. are deservedly well known for their participation in drinking. Unfortunately, for many individuals, alcohol intake at this age has starkly negative consequences. According to the results of a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, any given student’s drinking behaviors stem from his or her complex, often partially contradictory attitudes toward alcohol consumption. Some of these attitudes are consciously held by student drinkers and non-drinkers, while others exert their influence without ever reaching the stage of conscious consideration.
After 13 consecutive years of education, high school graduates have to decide what to do with their lives. Some head off to college with others left behind. With all the uncertainties of the future and decisions to make, some teens fall into depression. Ironically, all their new-found independence when it comes to romantic relationships, school, work and future plans can make some feel powerless.
Some students enter college expecting ample opportunities to party. They may expect to party on weekends, after a big exam and to celebrate holidays and sports victories. What may not occur to some students is the significant impact on one’s health and safety that heavy drinking can exact.
The transition from high school to college is a critical time for teenagers forming their long-term patterns of alcohol consumption. Current evidence indicates that parental attitudes play a prominent role in determining whether college students start participating in risky drinking behaviors. However, significant numbers of parents fail to fully recognize the alcohol-related dangers their college-age children face.
Depression is a very real illness that affects adults, teenagers, children and even toddlers and infants. But just because it strikes every age group doesn’t mean the illness looks the same at every age. Depression among children, also known as pediatric depression, looks a bit different from the way it appears in grown-ups.
When parents send their child off to college they may worry about their ability to handle academic challenges, newfound independence and responsibility, as well as if alcohol and drugs might tempt them into dangerous behaviors. But they might not have thought to worry about cyberbullying.
For some incoming college freshmen experimenting with alcohol is at the forefront of their minds. Whether it’s the stress of new responsibilities or newfound freedoms, many freshmen engage in risky behaviors related to alcohol. While some may consider this a rite of passage, alcohol consumption is associated with injury, assault or risky sexual behaviors. A new study suggests that interventions, including assessments among all new students to determine alcohol risk, could help freshmen avoid dangerous alcohol-related behaviors.
Cigarettes, hookah and marijuana use is common among college students. Smoking tobacco can significantly increase the risk of lung diseases including cancer. Marijuana use is associated with other types of substance use. As a result, smoking hookah, tobacco and marijuana are all public health concerns. The use of such products is often initiated during college, making campus populations a common target for education and prevention measures.