Drinking and college go together like chocolate and roses. It doesn’t stop with alcohol though, drug use on campuses is on the rise and a new addiction is rearing its ugly head. Compulsive use of the internet and social media is another addiction to which college students are susceptible, especially new students. If you already struggle with addiction, to any substance, how are you to survive the college lifestyle? Temptations may abound at every turn and staying on the straight and narrow may seem impossible. Start off on the right foot by choosing a college that will help you avoid substance abuse and will minimize your chances of a relapse.
Using a communication method that teens who drink alcohol relate to – texting – may help increase their likelihood of sticking with goals to reduce their alcohol intake, says a recent study from Medpage Today.
College campuses can be alcohol-friendly places. People ages 20 to 22 years old are the group that does the most heavy drinking, which is defined as five or more drinks within five or more occasions in the past month, according to statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That same agency reports that the number of college-aged people seeking treatment for substance abuse has doubled in the past ten years, compared to only a 9% increase among older people.
Eighteen years old sounds awfully young to have been through the torture of addiction and back. But by the end of high school, many adolescents have already hit rock bottom, received drug treatment and begun to rebuild their lives.
A night at a party often ends with a strong cup of coffee, a nod to the intent to end the partying and sober up. A new study, however, says that drinking coffee might be a way to increase the effects of alcohol, not reduce them.