An Exploratory Study of Students’ Consumption of Alcohol and Drugs at A&M-Commerce
Abstract: Research showed heavy alcohol and drug usage has become a significant public health concern in colleges which was an enormous risk on the intellectual and social lives of students across campuses nationwide (“National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,” n.d). Forty-four percent of college students engaged in binge drinking, while 36% used illicit drugs, particularly marijuana (“Substance Abuse among College Students,” 2018). The current study was aimed at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) Spring 2018 enrolled undergraduate students (N=7668) in order to understand alcohol and drug-related issues and trend. A total of 702 students responded to the survey, which consisted of 25 questions including both multiple choice and open-ended questions asking students’ family history of using alcohol and drugs, their past year and past month frequency use of alcohol and illicit drugs, so on and forth. The study was using quantitative approaches. Three questions were to be answered using descriptive, correlation, and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) analyses, including: 1.The students’ awareness level of alcohol and drug issues; 2. Does family history have an influence on students’ alcohol and drug usage; 3. Are there any alcohol and drug use differences at various students’ living location? The study was extremely valuable as it provided the holistic understanding of the undergraduate students’ consumption trend of alcohol and illicit drugs. This research endeavor would assist the campus alcohol and drug committee to evaluate existing policy, reform policy, and implement strategic plans to improve the quality of the student life and success.
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