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Few would argue that athletic success depends on both physical and mental health. Given that, it would be reasonable to expect that college athletes avoid using alcohol and other drugs to preserve their overall health and enhance their athletic performance. In fact, college athletes use alcohol, spit tobacco, and steroids at higher rates than their non-athlete peers. Cocaine attracted publicity for its role in the deaths of star athletes in the 1980s and has since waned as a prevalent drug among college athletes. Even so, cocaine still poses risks for college athletes, as do other drugs such as diet aids, ephedrine, marijuana, and psychedelics. This paper offers strategies for institutions of higher education which include: (1) Promoting Alcohol- and Drug-Free Social, Recreational, and Extracurricular Options and Public Service; (2) Creating a Social, Academic, and Residential Environment That Promotes Healthy Social Norms; (3) Limiting Availability and Access; (4) Limiting Marketing and Promotion of Alcohol; and (5) Enforcing Campus Policy and State and Local Laws. (Contains 1 table and 6 online resources.)

Descriptors: Drinking, Drug Use, Smoking, Stimulants, Marijuana, Athletes, College Athletics, College Students, Student Behavior, Males, Sexual Abuse, Eating Disorders, Females, Prevention, College Administration, College Environment, Change Strategies

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Autor: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention


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