The rate of uninsured Hispanic students at California’s public universities has dropped drastically, according to new survey numbers. Two California State University (CSU) campuses participated and demonstrated a trend in increasing the number of Hispanic students getting health insurance. The change means that more vulnerable students are protected, and it has been attributed to factors such as outreach and the financial support provided by the Affordable Care Act
Brief alcohol counseling over the Internet can help young adults in college who suffer from both alcohol and depression, but only those with minor problems, researchers say.
“Hello party people at IU! Classes have started and so has the disease of addiction!” So read a dire warning from the “Students in Recovery” Twitter account at Indiana University (IU). “Follow us and tell your friends to spread the word,” it continued.
As you send your son or daughter off to college, you’ve probably had conversations about topics such as classes, supplies and choosing a major. But if you haven’t talked to them about drugs, you might be missing an important opportunity. Research shows that children whose parents talk to them about substance abuse are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. But how do you start that conversation?
A new study published in the American Sociological Review finds that teenagers from higher income families are more likely to take medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder only during the school year. In addition, this study found that students in states with higher academic accountability standards were more likely to take stimulants, again only during the school year, leading researchers to question whether the youths truly suffer from ADHD or are simply looking for improved academic performance.
The Marijuana Motives Measure (MMM) is a 25-question screening tool designed to help researchers, addiction specialists and mental health professionals understand the specific reasons people start using or continue to use the addictive recreational drug marijuana. This screening tool uses the answers to its 25 questions to identify five general motivations that can contribute to marijuana intake. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a team of Dutch researchers examined the accuracy of the Marijuana Motivations Measure and assessed its usefulness for understanding young adults who regularly use marijuana.
In the U.S., college enrollment is traditionally linked to a rise in alcohol consumption, as well as increased participation in binge drinking and other dangerous drinking practices. Significant numbers of college students also abuse drugs or medications; however, patterns of abuse are not necessarily evenly distributed among college men and college women. As part of an annual survey project called Monitoring the Future, federally sponsored researchers from the University of Michigan examined the differences in the patterns of abusive substance intake common to college students in each of the genders.
A study published in the June 2014 issue of Addictive Behaviors examined how prescription drug use among college students has changed over the last 10 years. Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor surveyed full-time undergraduates during the winter semesters of 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Compared to every other demographic group in the U.S., college students are particularly likely to get involved in binge drinking, a form of alcohol intake that results in legally defined intoxication. However, no one really knows if students who frequently binge drink go through cycles where their participation in alcohol binging drops off or even stops. In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, a group of Canadian researchers measured the binge-drinking tendencies of a group of college undergraduates. The researchers concluded that, while these young binge drinkers typically drank heavily, they sometimes went through periods of reduced alcohol intake.
Most college students in the U.S. drink alcohol, and many participate in dangerous drinking practices that endanger their health and the health of others. However, college students sometimes (many of whom normally drink) choose not to participate in alcohol consumption. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, researchers from two American universities explored the reasons college students choose not to drink alcohol on specific occasions. These researchers concluded that the reasons for not drinking are complex and vary from person to person.
Young people making the transition from adolescence to adulthood go through a critical phase of brain development that finalizes their ability to do such things as make logical decisions, control their emotions, control their impulsive behaviors and plan for the future. Unfortunately, people undergoing this transition also often participate in a form of dangerous alcohol consumption called binge drinking. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from two Harvard-affiliated institutions used modern imaging technology to determine if young adults who participate in binge drinking experience unusual changes in the developing areas of their brains.
In the U.S., young adulthood is associated with high rates of alcohol consumption, as well as high rates of alcohol-related harm. While men drink more often than women, women also have significant risks for such problems. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from two American universities used information from a long-term project called the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to determine how the drinking behaviors of a young adult’s partner in a relationship influence his or her odds of developing alcohol problems a few years later.
Teens leaving for their first year at college often struggle to see the long-term effects of their decisions. Many who enter college leave without a degree, unmotivated to put in the long hours of studying and the financial commitment.
Narcissism is a general term used to describe an excessive preoccupation with the self, whether from one’s own point of view or from the point of view of others. Most narcissistic people engage in relatively minor levels of self-absorbed thought or behavior that pose no real restriction to their ability to interact with others. However, at its extreme, narcissism can turn into narcissistic personality disorder, a form of psychiatric illness characterized by dysfunctional self-preoccupation and a lack of empathy. Since the rise of the Internet and social media, mental health professionals have debated the impact of these modern institutions on narcissistic personality traits. While some studies identify social media as an enabler of narcissistic behaviors, other studies detect no real connections between narcissism and social media involvement.
More and more young adults are looking for ways to become intoxicated as quickly as possible, and many may not be aware of the deadly dangers associated with binge drinking.
Binge drinking may be responsible for 79,000 lives lost annually in the U.S., and many of them are young adults, according to a Hill Country Times article.