Drinking alcohol remains a serious issue because it is so prevalent in America’s colleges and universities. Frequent heavy drinking puts young people at risk for developing an alcohol use disorder. It can also have negative effects on academic performance and increase the risk of being injured or victimized.
While most young people who drink, do so when partying with friends, some college students drink to ease the anxiety associated with college exams. This form of self-medication can be even more dangerous than experimenting with alcohol for fun. The stress that college students often feel around exam time is compounded by other, related problems and these add up to the motivations for drinking. Unfortunately, there are several associated risks. We would like to contrast that with some healthy, drug-free ways to ease stress during college exams.