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Recovering College Students: Practical Considerations for College Counselors
Mark S. Woodford
The substance of choice for most college students, alcohol, is readily available and plays a part in the college socialization process (Prendergast, 1994). Recent prevalence data of drinking on college campuses indicates that 85% of college students reported having tried alcohol (Johnston, O‟Malley, Bachman, & Schulenberg, 2009), while a particular subset of college students (40%) drinks "heavily," defined as five or more drinks in a row (Johnston, O‟Malley, Bachman & Schulenberg, 2009). A study of more than 14,000 students at 119 U.S. colleges reported frequencies of DSM-IV diagnoses for alcohol abuse and dependence at 31.6% and 6.3%, respectively (Knight, Wechsler, Kuo, Seibring, Weitzman, & Schuckit, 2002).