According to a new Washington Post article, a new study has found that college students reported record-high marijuana use and record-low binge drinking last year.
The study found that almost half of college-age students in the United States said they consumed marijuana in 2020.
While marijuana use among the students hit a historic high in 2020, alcohol use took a “significant” drop, according to the 2020 Monitoring the Future panel study.
This increase represents the highest levels of marijuana use recorded since the 1980s. The survey found daily marijuana use, which is defined as using it on 20 or more occasions in the past 30 days, had increased to 7.9 percent in 2020 among 19- to 22-year-old full-time college students. That’s an increase of 3.3 percentage points over the past five years.
Use of hallucinogens had also increased among college students last year, reaching the highest level since 1982.
There was also a “significant” drop on college students’ alcohol use, the survey said, with 56 percent of students reporting alcohol use within the past 30 days, compared to 62 percent in 2019.
Also, 28 percent of students reported being drunk in the past 30 days, compared to 35 percent in 2019.
John Schulenberg, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and principal investigator of the Monitoring the Future panel study, said in a press release the “historic low” in binge drinking is a product of the COVID-19 pandemic, since students had reduced time with friends.