Marijuana use among college students is on the rise, while alcohol consumption remains stable, a new study has found. Photo Jantaaa/Pixabay
Oct. 12 (UPI) — Nearly one-third of all college students in the United States smoke marijuana, a study published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics found.
Roughly twice as many — 62% — drink alcohol, the data showed.
At the same time, the number of students who say they abstain from both has increased to 28% from just under 20% in the early 2000s.
The percentage of college students who meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder also has declined to 10% over the same period from just under 20%, they said.
“Abstinence from both alcohol and marijuana have increased,” study co-author Ty Schepis,, professor of psychology at Texas State University, told UPI.
And “the number of young adults with alcohol use disorders has significantly declined, [and] the same is true with combined alcohol and marijuana use disorders,” he said.
The findings are based on an analysis of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health for the period of 2002 through 2018, which included information on alcohol and marijuana consumption for between 7,000 and 11,000 young adults annually.
Published: October 13, 2020