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According to a recent study from Oregon State University. Published in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Students attending a university in a U.S. state with legal access to cannabis are less likely to drink quickly and heavily.

The study analyzed alcohol and cannabis use trends from 2008 to 2018. And found a 5-13% decrease in heavy drinking among students attending universities in states where adult cannabis was legal. Overall, the 10-year study refers to surveys of more than 1.1 million students.


The most important point to remember from our article is that alcohol problems among students 21 and older change after cannabis is legalization. Said Zoe Alley, a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University and one of the study’s authors.

In their conclusion, Alley and his co-authors hypothesized that the statistical change was likely due to age restrictions and accessibility. In states where cannabis is still illegal. Students over the age of 21 would be more likely to turn to alcohol rather than risk legal trouble with cannabis.

Once you turn 21 in states without legalized cannabis. Alcohol suddenly becomes very easy to find. Relatively speaking, so people might switch to it. Said Oregon State psychology professor David Kerr. “In Oregon, there is a lot of [cannabis] retail stores, and it’s advertised,” Kerr said. “We see it on billboards. The stores are very obvious in the way they are decorating and promoting. It seems to be very available.

As legalization proceeds, the authors of the study hope that better access to cannabis will help reduce excessive alcohol consumption, as well as the harm resulting from its overuse.

There are a lot of problems with heavy drinking on university campuses . we talk about sexual assault, drink driving, alcohol intoxication, and lethality. Alley said. If you can bring that down, it’s clearly a good thing.

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