The Core Alcohol and Drug Survey was developed by the U.S. Department of Education to measure alcohol and other drug usage, and attitudes and perceptions among college students. With a few exceptions, Health Services has participated in the national survey since the early 90’s. This year, the survey was administered via a web-based version versus a fill-in-the-bubble paper survey.
Participation was lower than expected, however, Health Services will continue to use the web-based survey and refine the processes to attract a greater number of participants in the future.
Key Findings From Students at UALR:
- 54% of the students consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.
- 26% of the students under age 21 consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.
- 10% of the student are current marijuana users.
- Marijuana is the most frequently reported illegal drug used in the past 30 days.
- 67% of the students said they didn’t know if the campus had an alcohol and drug prevention program (this needs to change).
This year’s survey also addressed sexual behavior:
- 71% of the students reported engaging in sexual intercourse within the past year. Of these, 12% used alcohol the last time they had intercourse and 6% used drugs.
- 46% regularly engage in unprotected sexual activity with a single partner.
- 85% regularly engage in unprotected sexual activity with multiple partners.