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College Age Addictions

Updated on November 16, 2013


Lower Socioeconomic status male population
Higher Socioeconomic Status females
Comparisons in point range
4.2% no disorders
2.6% no disorders
12.2% with mental disorders
7.8% with mental disorders
21.0% with alcohol disorders only
15.4% with alcohol disorders
28.2% with Dual diagnosis disorders
20.6% with dual diagnosis disorders
Female population
2.9% no major disorders
1.9% with no major disorders
8.6% with mental disorders
5.8% with mental disorders
15.6% with alcohol disorders
10.6% with alcohol disorders
21.2% with dual diagnosis
18.7% with dual diagnosis disorders

College Age Addictions or Abuse

Volume 4, Issue 12, November 16, 2013

The college age mind-brain of 18 to 24 can be affected by its environment; and the links it might connect to in criminal activity. Some of those acute and undesirable behaviors that are additive are alcoholism, drug addiction, and socioeconomic maladies (diseases associated with environment). The abusive and additive behaviors (drugs and alcoholism) can vastly reduce the possibility of new and optimal neural pathways and inhibit the growth of a healthy mind-brain. Not to mention the stresses that are related in the environment that plays a role and are linked to these additive and abusive behaviors.

The effects of a flawed mind-brain inhibit our five magnificent senses and the neurological triggers are flawed when sending and receiving messages back and forth from body areas or parts to our mind-brain (communications). An example is when we are drunk our vision and cognitive functions are affected and it is sending flawed signals to the brain that are flawed by what is seen in a drunken state of mind and understood by the mind-brain that is producing a flawed neurological circuit or pathway, if you will. If this behavior is continual, chronic, or habitual then the neurological pathways that is grown is flawed.

A great amount of study has gone into establishing the effects of neurological disorders and it is primarily linked to the serotonin in our body that is being produced, that creates an optimal balance in our behaviors and health. If it is too high or too low the affects could be lethal to the neurological pathways and to the person or subject of the behaviors or events.

Some of the discoveries of behaviors and illnesses being produced by differences in serotonin levels are very profound as we age, during chemical reactions, and while there is misuse or disuse of our neurological pathways [{Kotulak, Ronald (1935-), p.75}].

Low levels of serotonin produce unbalanced neurological systems and can cause schizophrenia in some individuals with aggressive behaviors at the top of the list including, but not limited to impulsive behaviors, suicidal tendencies, impulsive aggression, alcoholism, and sexual deviance. The chemical reactions in our bodies can wreak havoc on our neurological pathways and bodies. Risk groups are variable in age and can start early on [{p.74 & p.89}].

If unrecognized behaviors like aggression and anger go unnoticed, it could produce an unhealthy environment of violence or violent behaviors that could have been prevented.

A national study was conducted by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in 1976 that compared Lower and higher risk groups among socioeconomic status where the risk factors where compared at low and high rates of subjects under and over 45 years of age.

The chart shown in this writing is a sampling of those numbers in the U.S. population as of 1976:

In addition to the sampling it has been established that the brains communication pathways are affected in the way the brain works and looks and can be linked to the moods and behaviors the subject performs or produces along with diseases and illnesses that are associated with mental illness, alcoholism, and drug addictions. The region of the brain that is affected is the Pre-frontal cortex with limbic and dorsal striatal regions affected that connects our emotions, cognition, and execute control of our bodily systems.

Some of the consequences of drinking especially for College age students or subjects is death where it is documented by the National Institute on Alcohol abuse and Alcoholism that have died (1,825) between the age of 18 and 24 each year from alcohol related deaths.

Sexual abuse in victims between the ages of 18 and 24 range in 97,000 students or victims of sexual abuse or date rape abuses. Injuries for this age group of 18 to 24 year olds are 599,000 while under the influence of alcohol. An academic problem associated with 25 per cent of the college student population is attributable to drug or alcohol abuse. Health problems and suicide attempts has also climbed at an incredible rate reporting an alarming 150,000 students between the age of 18 and 24 who develop health problems and 1.2 to 1.5 percent attempting to commit suicide within the past year (2012).

Since 1976 socioeconomic status has changed and evolved dramatically so the numbers and percentages of this sampling has also changed, if you look at what is reported and has been studied in this past year (2012) the numbers and percentages can be integrated to reflect what we were talking about in the population studied below 45 years of age. The differentials in environment and mitigating factors that have affected our environment have changed the percentages as the environment in the United States has evolved and just what they might consume in alcohol or drugs that are linked to the behaviors on a daily basis and consumption habits.


Kotulak, Ronald (1935- ) Inside the brain, revolutionary discoveries of how the mind works, A Universal Press Syndicate Company

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