US college students likelier to abuse alcohol than other drugs

Reuters reports that US college students who seek substance abuse treatment are more likely to be abusing alcohol and less likely to be using other drugs, according to a report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Researchers also found that in people from age 18 to 24 who were treated for substance abuse, patients enrolled in college were more likely to be abusing alcohol than patients not enrolled in college, who were more likely to be abusing drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.

SAMHSA official Pamela Hyde said the data show the “pervasive and potentially devastating role that alcohol plays on far too many college campuses.”

The Washington Examiner details, “Nearly half of all substance abuse treatment admissions involving college students (ages 18-24) in 2009 were for alcohol disorders, according to” the SAMSHA study.

What’s more, “the student admission rate was much higher than nonstudents in the same age group (46.6 percent to 30.6), the report found.”

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