Private: College Students: Drinking More And Popping Pills

Substance abuse on college campuses? Not much of a newsflash.

I am guilty of drinking beer and partying with my friends. And yes, maybe a few nights I turned upside down and did an extra keg stand or two, but I do know my limit.

Apparently, I am in the minority. According to a new report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, college students are binge drinking a lot more and abusing perscription drugs, like Ritalin, Adderall and OxyContin.

The report also argues substance abuse isn’t a rite of passage for college students, and calls on educators to take bolder stands against students and alumni to fight this problem. I have to disagree. Unfortunately getting drunk, as “risky” as it is, will always be part of college life. And the more the “man” tries to crack down on it, the more we’re likely to act against authority. It’s okay with me if they try to nip the drug usage in the bud – I’m not into that stuff. But the try to regulate partying will ruin all that is college … partying. Don’t they want us to have fun?

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