MSU survey: Fewer students drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes

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EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – There’s good health news out of MSU today as a new survey shows that fewer students are drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

The new State of Spartan Health survey shows that from 2000 to 2016 there’s been a nine percent drop in the number of student who say they drank one or more times in the last month.

“The percentage of students who have used alcohol during a month’s time has continually dropped to its lowest point ever since we started conducting the survey back in 2000,” said Dennis Martell, health promotion director at Olin Student Health Center.

Martell did add there are still challenges as to how students are educated and how celebratory drinking is controlled.

And smoking has dropped considerably, down 70 percent in that same time frame.

In August MSU became a smoke-free campus.

Stress continues to be an issue when it comes to academic performance.

Fifty-two percent of students reported that they’ve experienced either tremendous stress or average stress this year, yet more students are now indicating that they are willing to seek help in order to cope with stress-related factors.

The State of Spartan Health survey in conducted every two years.

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