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Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2014

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2014 Monitoring the Future College Students and Adults Survey Results

First Figure: Marijuana Use Among Full-Time College Students on the Rise

College students now smoke marijuana daily more often than they drink alcohol daily

Daily drinking: 3.7 percent in 1994 and 4.3 percent in 2014

Daily marijuana smoking: 1.8 percent 1994 and 5.9 percent in 2014.

Daily marijuana use has more than tripled in the past two decades among college students with 1.8 percent smoking marijuana daily in 1994, 4.5 percent in 2004, and 5.9 percent in 2014

Second Figure: Heavy Alcohol Use Higher in College Students than Non-College Peers.

Binge drinking (five or more drinks in a row): 35.4 percent of college students and 29.3 percent of non-college peers in the past 2 weeks.

Intoxication (having been drunk): 42.6 percent of college students and 34.1 percent of non-college peers in the past month.

Third Figure: Nicotine Use More Common in Young Adults Not in College

Four times more non-college young adults smoke half a pack of cigarettes or more daily than full-time college students.

Cigarettes (past-month use): 12.9 percent of college students and 24.6 percent of non-college peers

E-cigarettes (past-month use): 9.7 percent of college students and 15.4 percent of non-college peers

Fourth Figure: Stimulant Use in Full-Time College Students: Adderall Decreasing but Cocaine Increasing

Past-year Adderall use: 10.7 percent in 2013 and 9.6 percent in 2014

Past-year cocaine use: 2.7 percent in 2013 and 4.4 percent in 2014


Johnson LD, O’Malley PM, Bachman JG, Schulenberg JE, Miech RA. Monitoring the Future National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2014: Volume 2, College students and adults ages 19-55. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan; 2015.

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This page was last updated December 2015