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Alcohol Abuse a Problem on Nearly All College Campuses

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that nearly every college campus across the country has students that participate in high-risk drinking. Binge drinking and college have gone hand in hand for years. What starts off as innocent fun can quickly turn sour. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1,700 college students die every year from alcohol-related incidents. The Archives of General Psychiatry found, through their studies, that 18 percent of all college students suffer from clinically alcohol-related problems. Unfortunately for some college student’s binge drinking can quickly develop into full-blown alcoholism. To help cope with binge drinking and prevent alcoholism many college campuses are now providing mandatory education on alcohol abuse to its students along with environmental prevention. College campuses around the nation are doing their best to educate their students on alcoholism as well as to provide help for students who struggle with the disease of addiction. While alcohol remains the drug of choice on college campuses, the abuse of prescription drugs along with marijuana has increased significantly since the 1990’s. College students are more apt than the general public to suffer from alcohol abuse or drug addiction. What can start off as recreational use, to relax, can quickly turn into needing drugs and alcohol simply to function. While addiction on college campuses will never completely disappear, hopefully through mandatory education and prevention classes more college students can avoid finding themselves caught in the grips of an addiction.

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