A DAY IN THE LIFE OF COLLEGE STUDENTS AGED 18 TO 22: SUBSTANCE USE FACTS

 

College is a time when young people transition to adulthood, with many living independently and making behavioral health decisions without direct parental oversight. In 2014, there were an estimated 12.4 million college students aged 15 to 24 in the United States.1 As these youth enter adulthood, substance use appears common for many of them. More than one-third of full-time college students aged 18 to 22 engaged in binge drinking in the past month; about 1 in 5 used an illicit drug in the past month.2 Substance use constitutes one of the most serious public health issues for young people in the United States, creating negative health, social, and economic consequences for adolescents, their families, and communities, and for the nation as a whole.3,4