The Role of Mental Illness in Alcohol Abuse and Prescription Drug Misuse

Gender-Specific Analysis of College Students

Celia C. Lo, Allison N. Monge, Rebecca J. Howell, Tyrone Cheng

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Abstract

The present study examined whether and how collegians' misuse of prescription drugs and alcohol abuse are associated with mental illness and with a lack of mental health care. Nationally representative data were derived from 5,241 full-time American college students who completed the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. We observed the presence of alcohol abuse/dependence and the nonmedical use of prescription drugs to be associated with relatively serious mental illness and with lack of health care. In pursuing gender-specific results, we found that the association between alcohol abuse and mental illness was stronger among females than males.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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Keywords

  • alcohol abuse
  • college students
  • gender differences
  • mental illness
  • prescription-type drug misuse

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Lo, Celia C. ; Monge, Allison N. ; Howell, Rebecca J. ; Cheng, Tyrone. / The Role of Mental Illness in Alcohol Abuse and Prescription Drug Misuse : Gender-Specific Analysis of College Students. In: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 2013 ; Vol. 45, No. 1. pp. 39-47.
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