September | Center on Addiction


It’s no secret that risky drinking, or drinking alcohol at levels that put a person at risk of health problems, is prevalent among students at colleges and universitiesTo get the perspective of addiction experts on this topic, we spoke with Clayton Neighbors, PhD, Professor, Director of Social Psychology and Director of the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab at the University of Houston and CASAColumbia’s President & CEO, Samuel Ball, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, to ask them questions about risky drinking at college.  

The recent deaths of two young adults have put the dangers of excess caffeine consumption into sharp focus. In June of this year, the state of Ohio became the first state to ban pure powdered caffeine after a teenager overdosed on the stimulant and died days before his high school graduation. 

The opioid crisis in the U.S. is on the rise, with deaths from prescription opioids quadrupling since 1999. In 2013, more than 16,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses in the U.S., and almost 2 million misused or were dependent on opioids. Roughly 700,000 emergency room visits related to opioid misuse occurred in 2011. 


Before the introduction of e-cigarettes to the U.S. market in 2007, a series of enormously successful public health initiatives significantly reduced the rate of cigarette smoking. These initiatives also increased negative attitudes toward tobacco and nicotine products among young people in the U.S. But the introduction of e-cigarettes may be beginning to reverse this trend.

It’s that time of year when teens across the country are beginning a new chapter in their lives – leaving their parents’ homes to attend – or in many cases – return to college. This back to college season is an important transition in their lives, where young adults are faced with new and exciting challenges, along with some tough decisions and potentially risky situations. 

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