ERIC Number: ED208735
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
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A New Look at Freshmen Attitudes and Behavior Toward Drugs.
Minatoya, Lydia Y.; Sedlacek, William E.
In a study of 404 University of Maryland, College Park, incoming freshmen who complete an anonymous poll regarding their behavior and attitudes toward drugs, approximately 60 percent reported using marihuana. Thirty-five percent said they used it once a month or more. Hashish had been sampled by about one-third of the freshmen, with 10 percent using it once a month or more. About 15 percent acknowledged having used cocaine, speed, downers, and PCP; however, fewer than five percent reported using these substances once a month or more often. DMT, heroin, mescaline, and LSD had been tried by five percent or less of the freshmen respondents, and monthly or more frequent usage of these substances was reported by fewer than one percent of those sampled. Alcoholic beverages were the most frequently used substances. Over 90 percent of the incoming freshmen had drunk beer, wine, or hard liquor, and over half drank once a month or more frequently. Cigarettes had been tried by about 48 percent of the sample, which was roughly equivalent to the percentage who had tried marihuana. Twenty-two percent continued using cigarettes once a month or more often. The most frequently cited reasons for drinking alcoholic beverages were to get drunk, to relieve boredom, and to be more friendly. For other substances, the most frequent reason was to get high; the only exception was cigarette smoking, which was done to relieve general anxiety, tension, nervousness, and irritability. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Drinking, Drug Use, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Marihuana, Narcotics, Smoking, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics
University of Maryland, Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Counseling Center, College Park, MD 10742 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.