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Study: Binge Drinking Down Among NCAA Athletes

Friday, January 17th, 2014

young man joggingA new survey finds that binge drinking is down among NCAA athletes, but use of prescription pain medication is up. Of the 21,000 college athletes who were surveyed, 81% of the respondents said they used alcohol within the last year; however, since 2005, binge drinking is down 19% for males and 8% for females. Even with this substantial decrease in binge drinking, 44% of males and 33% of females admitted to binge drinking within the last year.

Prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet are not banned by the NCAA if athletes have a prescription to use them, but six percent of the respondents said they had used the drugs without a prescription. The survey saw a 6% rise in prescription pain medication use since 2009.

In general, college athletes have lower rates of substance use than the general college student population.

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Source: USA Today Survey: Binge drinking down among NCAA athletes

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