Mental health advocates are warning Indiana college students about the dangers of binge drinking – and its link to poor mental health.
In a recent survey, nearly one-fifth of Indiana college students reported drinking to get away from problems. And about a quarter said they felt bad about their drinking.
Lisa Hutcheson, Mental Health America of Indiana vice president, said those issues didn’t improve during the pandemic.
“There weren’t the massive parties that there are, because of COVID, but students were drinking alone or drinking with one other person," Hutcheson said. "So, the drinking continued.”
A new statewide public awareness campaign from Mental Health America of Indiana, the Indiana Collegiate Action Network and the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking centers on that issue.
Hutcheson said there’s understandably been focus on opioids – but alcohol is still, in her words, “the most widely used drug.”
“It is still the one that most people start with before they move on to other substances,” Hutcheson said.
The campaign urges people to visit whatsyournumber1.org to find an assessment and resources for young people struggling with drinking.