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Heavy Drinking, Levels of Stress High Among University Students Canadian Campus Survey
Released September 15, 2005

For Immediate Release: September 15, 2005 (Toronto) - Rates of cigarette smoking are in decline among university students but rates of binge drinking and psychological distress remain high according to the results of the 2004 Canadian Campus Survey released today by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

The 2004 survey shows that rates of cigarette smoking and the use of hallucinogens have declined since the survey was last conducted in 1998 (4% and 3%, respectively) but as these behaviours have declined, results also show that some problematic trends still prevail. Results of the survey show that 32% of undergraduates reported patterns of harmful drinking. Though this rate has not increased since the survey was last conducted, these numbers are high and only tell part of the story. Consequences such as alcohol-related harms were evident in the survey with 10% of those surveyed reporting alcohol-related assault, 9.8% reporting alcohol-related sexual harassment and 14.1% reporting that they had experienced unplanned sexual relations due to alcohol. According to Dr. Adlaf, research scientist at CAMH and associate professor, Department of Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, who conducted the study along with colleagues across Canada, "Reports of alcohol-related harms are not trivial. Indeed, the 10% of students who report such consequences represent some 64,000 students."

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