EFFECTS OF DRUG ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM ON THE NIGERIAN 21ST CENTURY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

  • YAKSAT L BULUS, Ph.D University of Abuja
  • JOHN JOHNSON EDACHE University of Abuja
  • ZHIYA J. D SOLOMON University of Abuja
Keywords: Drug Abuse, Alcoholism, Nigerian 21st Century University Students, Self- Medication

Abstract

This research work is titled "Effects of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism on the Nigerian 21st Century University Students.” The paper found out that drug and alcohol affect the academic performance of university students, also that children whose family members abuse drug/alcohol are at greater risk of drug abuse and alcohol. To a very high extent, the paper shows that peer influence lead students to drug abuse and alcoholism. It was discovered that education has a great role to play in curbing the incidence of drug abuse and alcoholism, which has led many students to other social vices. The paper therefore recommended that students should be adequately informed on the negative health effect of drug abuse and alcoholism, by parents and the school. Government should set up rehabilitation centres to aid victims of drug abuse, also, enforcing the legal drinking age has shown to be one of the most effective ways to reduce alcohol-related problems. Retailers and school administrators can help cut down on the amount of alcohol and substance-related problems by enforcing these federal laws and campus rules consistently. To prevent drug abuse and alcoholism, religious organisations should also hold seminars for parents and families to expose them early to the symptoms of drug abuse and alcoholism in their children. There should be law and rule enforcement in addition to the existing laws, basically to limit underage drinking as well as intake of abusive drugs, and government should ensure increase in the price of alcoholic beverages (for example, through raising taxes), these could lead to decreased consumption, both by the general population and most especially within students and youth.

Author Biographies

YAKSAT L BULUS, Ph.D, University of Abuja

Department of Counselling and Educational Psychology

JOHN JOHNSON EDACHE, University of Abuja

Department of Counselling and Educational Psychology

ZHIYA J. D SOLOMON, University of Abuja

Department of Arts and Social Science Education

Published
2018-09-17
Section
Articles