Substance Use

Best practices to address student-athlete alcohol abuse
Best practices to address student-athlete alcohol abuse

Drinking by college students has long been viewed by many as a harmless and expected part of the transition from high school to college. The truth is that drinking is not harmless and is among the most serious public health problems of American college students.

Rates of excessive drinking among student-athletes falling

An NCAA substance use study showed that excessive drinking and smoking rates have fallen, but that use of prescription painkillers and ADHD medication is on the rise.

About the Survey

The 2013 substance use study is the eighth of its kind the NCAA has conducted since 1985. The initial National Study of Substance Use Habits of College Student-Athletes in 1985 and two subsequent replications were completed for the NCAA by...

NCAA Student-Athlete Substance Use Study: Executive Summary August 2014

Findings Excessive drinking is down significantly among student-athletes. Since 2005, the percentage of male student-athletes who reported drinking excessively (defined as 5 or more drinks in a typical sitting) dropped from 63% to 44%. For...

From the Trenches: The Good and Bad of Substance Use Trends

Experts at a recent NCAA meeting warned that while testing and education efforts have helped curb steroid use, administrators and coaches must remain vigilant about the ever-changing dietary supplement market, the seemingly never-changing...

Glossary of Terms

The language of substance use is evolving as much as the substances themselves. Here’s some terminology to help understand the discussion: Alcohol: A central-nervous-system depressant derived from fermenting sugars. At high dosages,...

Related Programs and Resources

The focus on substance-use education has grown in recent years as researchers learn more about use patterns and outcomes. Here are just a few of the more effective programs and resources designed for the college population: APPLE Program...

NCAA Student-Athlete Substance Use Study

As part of the NCAA’s charge to enhance student-athlete well-being and protect the integrity of intercollegiate athletics, the research staff periodically assembles a trends report on student-athlete substance use patterns. The quadrennial...

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