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J Psychoactive Drugs. 2013 Jan-Mar;45(1):39-47.

The role of mental illness in alcohol abuse and prescription drug misuse: gender-specific analysis of college students.

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  • 1School of Social Work, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0314, USA. clo@ua.edu

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.

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