Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Survey: College is a Slippery Place

In general, people with more education tend to go lighter on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. To this there is one important exception: booze in college. The current national survey reveals that full time college students drink more often and more heavily than their peers. This finding has held steady over the past four years.

There is no similar gap for illicit drug use; it's about the same on campus as off. Cigarette use among full time college students is much lighter (30 per cent) than among people of similar age not enrolled full time, or at all (43 per cent). But alcohol use by full time students is a solid six per cent higher.

The survey did not ask whether the colleges in question had fraternities and sororities.

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