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Nearly half of all substance abuse treatment admissions involving college students were primarily for treating alcohol disorders

February 13, 2012
A new report shows that nearly half (46.6 percent) of all substance abuse treatment admissions involving college or other post secondary school students ages 18 to 24 were primarily related to alcohol disorders. The rate of primary alcohol-related treatment admissions is far higher among college students than for non-college students in the same age bracket (46.6 percent versus 30.6 percent) according to this new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The SAMHSA report shows that in 2009 there were 12,000 treatment admissions involving college students. While the rate of college student treatment admissions linked primarily to alcohol was far higher than for non-college students, both groups had similar admission rates for primary marijuana-related problems – 30.9 percent for college students versus 30 percent for non-college students.

Full Report (PDF)

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