Effects of Substance Abuse and Alcohol on Students’ Academic Performance

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For over two decade, substance abusers among adolescents and young people have become a universal epidemic across the globe. According to various case studies, it shows that young people including adolescents turn into drugs as a social pleasure thing and others as an easy fix away from their problems. However, many are the users who do not think about the long term consequences and side effects that the substances put on their lives. Substance abuse is defined as overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance for mood altering purposes. Some substance abuse that I will focus on include alcohol, drugs including marijuana, cocaine or over the counter prescription pills. According to my research about substance abuse, I expect to find low academic scores in students who indulge into drug use; for that matter, my independent variable will be the substance abuse including drugs and alcohol and my dependent variable will be the academic grade drop due to indulgence.
There is a saying that goes that too much of something is not good. In this case, we can agree that too much consumption of alcohol or drugs especially in adolescents and young adult is not good. According to a research conducted, it shows how consumption of alcohol can impact student’s grades and thereby leading to other consequential terms such as death, low economic status, pregnancies health related failures and more (White, Hingson.2013). In order to prove that alcohol consumption and drugs is bad for young people, we ought to look at the trigger that causes these people to turn into them knowing it could possibly affect them. Closely, some of the problems which lead adolescents and young adults to drink underage despite the illegality range from en...

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...nces can be toward the cognitive ability. My observation correlates with the researches that have been done stating that alcohol and substance abuse have a significant effect on adolescents and young adults’ academic performance. With this issue on the rise, school based programs dealing with substance abuse should be implemented at the earliest in order to prevent young people from indulging into drugs and alcohol.

Works Cited

National Institute of Drug Abuse. (2014, 01 01). High School and Youth Trend. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/drugfactsmtf2013.pdf
Teen Drinking Law. (2011). Teen Drinking Law. Retrieved from http://www.teendrinkinglaw.vic.gov.au/parents/young.php
White, A., & Hingson, R. (2013). Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Related Consequences Among College Students. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews,35(2), 201-218.

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