Drinking and smoking marijuana to cope with stress is an experience that many college students have. For my project, I was interested to see if the way college students react to problems played a role in the relationship between stress and problematic substance use.
What I found might not even come as a surprise – higher levels of stress and a negative outlook on problem solving significantly predicted problematic alcohol and marijuana use. While the results of my project may seem intuitive, I still wanted to publicly share my findings with Drexel University students like myself.
I organized an interactive alcohol, drug, stress, and problem-solving workshop to educate students about easy tips to stay safe, in a fun and laid back setting. It was co-sponsored by Drexel’s chapter of Active Minds, Psi Chi, and Psychology Club. I also invited John Watson, the director of Drexel’s Drug and Alcohol Education Program to contribute to my event.