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Study: College Students Seek More Help For Alcohol Than Drugs

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BOSTON (CBS) – It’s not shocking to hear that drinking among college students is a problem.

But, a new report by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services reveals some eye-opening numbers on the seriousness of the crisis.

The report looked at the number of young people who were treated for a substance abuse problem, and found that alcohol abuse, and not drug abuse, was the biggest problem for college students.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports

Officials also found that young people (ages 18-24) who did not go to college were much less likely to be treated for alcohol abuse.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Karen Twomey reports


The most recent data available is from 2009. In that year, there were 12,000 college students admitted to a treatment program.

Right now, 30 colleges and universities, including BU and Wellesley, are taking part in a three-year study that is looking at binge drinking and figuring out the best ways to fight it.

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