Essay about Alcohol And Drug Use Among College Students

731 Words Nov 6th, 2015 3 Pages
Alcohol and drug use among college students is viewed as innoxious fun which students take part in to get away from the stress of being a student. What begins as innocent fun can quickly lead to a self-destructive path. While often referred to as substance abuse, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 redefined it as; Substance Use Disorders and explains it to be as a cluster of cognitive, behavioral and physiological symptoms which indicate that an individual continues to use a substance despite significant substance related problems (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013). An issue that is at an all-time high on college campuses and continues to be overlooked. Primarily because of the attitudes that the media has created about young adults. An attitude that facilities an environment which encourages the excessive use of substances. My purpose for writing this paper is change the relaxed perception that is held towards the use of substances. Furthermore, to educate students on the pivotal differences between substance use disorders and recreational use.
Population
As stated above the population that is being heavily afflicted by this problem are college students, specifically freshman (first year) students. There are many reasons why first year students are immensely susceptible to substance use disorders. The emerging transition from home to a new environment where the young adult develops a new found freedom is one of the most common…

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