Alcohol use in higher education: Dissecting the college drinking culture

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When it comes to alcohol consumption at institutions of higher learning, it’s important to understand that college drinking isn’t just a fad: It’s a culture that’s been enabled and propped up for decades, to the point that it’s expected and encouraged … and as a result, it can cause serious problems. That’s not to say…

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Drug and alcohol use among college students: A look at the data

drug and alcohol use among college students

Drug and alcohol use among college students is a topic that’s often treated, in many circles, with kid gloves. Consider, for instance, the vast repository of Hollywood films made about the party culture in higher education, from “Horse Feathers” to “Animal House” to “Revenge of the Nerds” to “Van Wilder.” Popular culture often depicts college…

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Scaring them straight: The history of anti-drug campaigns in America

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It may seem like a bizarre claim, but bear with us: Anti-drug campaigns are as American as apple pie, baseball and Budweiser. Much of that has to do with our Puritanical roots, and the role faith played in shaping every aspect of early American society, but consider what sociologist Carl Reinarman wrote in his 1994…

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Drug use on college campuses: What are the substances of concern?

drug use on college campuses

Like the college drinking culture, drug use on college campuses exists in that gray area between outright disapproval and tacit acknowledgement of it as a rite of passage. Since incoming freshmen first left home to attend school away from the watchful eyes of parents and guardians, college dormitories, Greek residences and off-campus apartments have developed…

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College students and weed: Is marijuana a party favor or a problem?

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Kegs are canceled, blazing up is in: Marijuana is more popular than ever at institutions of higher learning, with college students and weed becoming a much-scrutinized public health concern. To be fair, the college drinking culture hasn’t necessarily been replaced as much as it’s made room for cannabis. As the data website Statista reports [1],…

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Can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction?

can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction?

Can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction? It’s a question that deserves some consideration. Summer is on the downswing, the semester starts soon and you’re preparing to embark on the next chapter of your life: college. Mom and dad are excited but nervous, and one of the last things they’ll tell you…

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How to talk to your college student about drugs and alcohol

We’re in the second half of summer, and across the country, college campuses are preparing to open their doors for an influx of new students. And as they ready themselves to send their teens off to get a higher education, many parents may be wondering how to talk to their college students about drugs and…

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