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Monitoring the Future 2013 Survey Results: College and Adults

Marijuana infographic - see text
Alcohol infographic - see text
Stimulant infographic - see text


College Student Group: In 2013, 36 percent of college students said they used marijuana in the past year, compared to 30 percent in 2006

Non-College Group: The rate of daily marijuana use for the non-college group is about twice as high as the rate for the college student group.

Daily marijuana use among college students is at its highest level in three decades.


Binge Drinking

College Student Group: 35%
Non-College Group: 31%

College students had a higher prevalence of occasions of heavy drinking (five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks).


College Student Group: 40%
Non-College Group: 34%

Forty percent of college students report having been drunk in the prior 30 days, compared to 34 percent of the non-college respondents.

The groups did not differ much in their rates of daily drinking, with 3.6 percent of college students and 4.1 percent of their peers reporting such use.

Stimulants - Past Year Use


College Student Group: 10.7%
Non-College Group: 6.8%

Use of Adderall without medical supervision was somewhat higher for college students than for non-college respondents in 2013.


College Student Group: 3.6%
Non-College Group: 2.3%

Use of Ritalin was also slightly higher among college students in 2013 than among their non-college peer group.

Amphetamine use, such as Adderall and Ritalin use, nearly doubled between 2008 and 2013.

Source: Monitoring the Future Data, http://www.monitoringthefuture.org. Johnston LD, O’Malley PM, Miech RA, Bachman JG, Schulenberg JE. Monitoring the Future National Results on Drug Use: 1975-2013: Volume 2, College students and adults ages 19-55. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan; 2014.

This page was last updated April 2015