When young adults head off to college they are faced with a new found freedom from a life that has more or less been supervised by their parents thus far. Clearly college is supposed to be about furthering education and finding a career path, however, with the reigns loosened, college also becomes a school for partying, which typically involves drugs and alcohol these days.
In a 2002 to 2013 study, research revealed that roughly 20% of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drink alcohol and use illegal drugs. Many of these young men and women begin experimenting with substances in their first year in college.
The same 2002 to 2013 study determined that, each year, 383,000 students used marijuana for their first time, amounting to an average of 1,000 students a day. Around 450,000 underage students began drinking alcohol each year. More disturbingly, the estimated number of college students who started using prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Percocet was 251,000 students in one year.
A successful college experience most definitely involves getting to class, passing exams and discovering a passion. Along with that, young people learn how to socialize as adults. Unfortunately, in the culture today, socializing for young adults involves drinking and drugs in a big way. There’s nothing wrong with cutting loose a bit and living while we’re young, but there is a fine line between just having a good time and opening a valve that could lead to serious alcohol and substance abuse problems.