Kids in college tend to drink more alcohol than their peers not enrolled in college and take longer to outgrow the harmful habit. Though perhaps unsurprising this is not good news. Rather than simply accepting that college students will practice harmful drinking and set negative drinking patterns, one study looked at how university campuses and the surrounding community can partner together in creating successful interventions.
National surveys show that nearly four out of five college students are drinking on campuses in America. Half of those drinkers engage in what is referred to as binge drinking or heavy periodic drinking, according to a recent news article.
It is not a new concept, but definitely a new term to describe a type of binge drinking. “Drunkorexia” is not a medical term, but one derived by the media that describes binge drinking and calorie withholding by young adults.
A handful of colleges around the country have joined together to try and optimize student visits to their campus health centers. Known as the Dartmouth Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking, the initiative aims to take the occasion of a medical appointment to screen students for possible alcohol abuse. Including such screens within the course of regular healthcare is a practice already suggested for many years by our own government as well as the World Health Organization.
A newly published study examines how drinking the night before impacts a college student’s performance the following day.
College students are 50% more likely to be admitted into residential treatment for alcoholism than are young people their age who are not enrolled in institutes of higher education, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The government research team looked at figures from 2009, and found that 12,000 college students ages 18 to 24 years enrolled in substance abuse treatment programs, and about half of them (47%) were in treatment for alcohol related problems.
Returning to school and work are stressful times for many college students and it’s hard to get back in the groove. Many students plagued with anxiety turn to drinking as a means of coping, according to recent news article. The pressures cause many to turn to alcohol once the anxiety hits and this new study provides answers to why alcohol may be so popular among college coeds.
College students are often young adults leaving home for the first time. Faced with new opportunities and unprecedented independence, some have difficulty navigating their new lifestyles. Some students try using alcohol or other substances and quickly find themselves out of control.
It won’t make front page news to learn that the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has stated that college students register higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse than the post-college adult population. One of many reasons that college students have higher rates of substance abuse is that the 18-25 year old brain has not fully developed in areas of judgment and impulse control while the area responsible for risk-taking and pleasure-seeking is just reaching its peak.
College life is synonymous with the party life. Many students earn new freedom when they leave home for a college town, and they often find that there are more parties around than they could possibly attend. Before long, they may be hosting parties themselves.