The academic opportunity costs of substance use during college


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Arria, A. M., Caldeira, K. M., Bugbee, B. A., Vincent, K. B., & O’Grady, K. E.
Center on Young Adult Health and Development.

This report sheds light on the research linking excessive alcohol and drug use during college to academic performance. By interfering with the achievement of educational goals, substance use can be viewed as having “academic opportunity costs”, which ultimately can undermine a student’s ability to fulfill his/her individual potential.