Study Finds National Rise in Alcohol and Marijuana Use Among College Students as More States Legalize Pot

Simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use among college students is on the rise across the country, according to a new Tulane University study published in the journal Addictive Behavior Reports.

The proportion of U.S. college students using both substances increased to 8.44% during 2015-2019 from 8.13% the previous four years, according to the study which examined data from National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The survey includes responses from nearly 56,000 full-time college students ages 18 to 22.

Simultaneous alcohol and marijuana (SAM) use is defined as using both at the same time or within a couple of hours of each, resulting in various cognitive, social, physical, academic and occupational consequences.

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