A Day in the Life of College Students Aged 18 to 22: Substance Use Facts

The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) at SAMHSA presents a report about substance use among college students aged 18 to 22 using combined data from the 2011 to 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

– On an average day during the past year, 2,179 full-time college students drank alcohol for the first time, and 1,326 used an illicit drug for the first time.

– On an average day during the past year, 453 part-time college students drank alcohol for the first time, and 174 used an illicit drug for the first time.

– On an average day during the past year, of the 9.0 million full-time college students in the United States, 1.2 million drank alcohol, and 703,759 used marijuana.

– On an average day during the past year, of the 2.0 million part-time college students in the United States, 239,212 drank alcohol, and 195,020 used marijuana.