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ERIC Number: ED529254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Nearly Half of College Student Treatment Admissions Were for Primary Alcohol Abuse. Data Spotlight
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Many students, and the public in general, believe that drinking alcohol is a normal part of the college experience. Unfortunately, students' efforts to "be sociable" or "fit in" can escalate into substance use behavior that puts their health and well-being at risk: One in four full-time college students have experienced past year alcohol abuse or dependence. In 2009, there were approximately 374,000 substance abuse treatment admissions aged 18 to 24. Nearly 12,000 of these admissions were college or other postsecondary school students. College student admissions were more likely than nonstudent admissions to report alcohol (46.6 vs. 30.6 percent) as their primary substance of abuse. College student and nonstudent admissions were equally likely to report marijuana as their primary substance of abuse (30.9 vs. 30.0 percent), and college student admissions were less likely than nonstudent admissions to report heroin (7.2 vs. 16.1 percent), other opiates (8.3 vs. 10.5 percent), cocaine (1.9 vs. 4.2 percent), or methamphetamine (1.0 vs. 4.4 percent) as their primary substance of abuse. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI). P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345. Tel: 800-729- 6686; Tel: 301-468-2600; Web site: http://ncadi.samhsa.gov
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS)