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A new report suggests the abuse of alcohol remains a huge problem among college students. In a study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, MD, it found that in 2009, 12,000 college students throughout the country, between the ages of 18 and 24, enrolled in publicly funded substance abuse programs. Dr. Peter Delany reported that of the students enrolled, 46.6 percent are in treatment due to alcohol abuse. In the same age group of people, who do not attend college, 30.6 percent abuse alcohol.
Other SAMHSA studies have shown that one in four college students have experienced dependence or alcohol abuse. Delany is hoping that the studies will inspire parents to take action. He said, “Ideally what I’d really love is…that a parent would take a look at it and say, ‘Let me have a sit-down conversation with my kid.’”