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Does substance use affect students’ chances of attending graduate school?

Research has shown that alcohol and other substance use can cause a variety of consequences, but consequences are weighed differently by each individual. This study followed almost 1,000 students over time to see how their drug use, including alcohol, affected their chances of getting into and attending graduate school. Researchers found that participants who misused alcohol had a lower likelihood of getting into graduate school. The study, Excessive drinking and drug use during college: Prospective associations with graduate school plans and attendance was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and published in the Journal of American College Health.
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