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Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

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College students have lots of choices—their major, what clubs to join, where to live, and how to spend their free time. One of the most important choices they can make is about the role alcohol will play in their lives as students.

One of the best-kept secrets about college students and alcohol is that most college students make low-risk choices. Most college students balance their time between activities such as studying, volunteering, working, leading campus activities and socializing with friends. These students aren't usually featured in the movies or news stories of the day, but they are the majority of the students.

While most college students make reasonably safe and healthy choices about chemical use, there are college students who make risky chemical choices. They use alcohol and other drugs in ways that interfere with their academic performance, lead to legal hassles, jeopardize their safety, and create disruptions for others.

There are no magic wands to ensure that college students avoid harmful use of alcohol or other drugs. Real life involves choices and consequences. All college students should know the facts as they make choices about alcohol use.