There can be several benefits for Americans to study abroad, but according to a new survey American students seem to drink more while studying in a new country.
On Call International surveyed 1,000 current study abroad students and those who studied abroad while in college. Half the respondents who said they drank alcohol said they drank MORE while studying abroad. And 11 percent said they were more likely to “black out” (the point where you pass out from drinking too much).
It doesn’t stop there.
29 percent said they used drugs while abroad and 11 percent said they tried drugs for the first time while abroad.
The survey also found that from these behaviors 32 percent of respondents said they sought out “casual hookups”, meaning they engaged in romantic encounters with strangers.
Please keep in mind this is just a survey of 1,000 respondents. It may not be representative of all Americans studying abroad, but it seems like people aren’t surprised by these results.
“I can’t say I was terribly surprised,” Jim Hutton, the chief security officer at On Call International said. One reason being that more American students are studying abroad.
During 2013-2014, more than 304,000 American students studied abroad, an increase of 5.2 percent over the previous year. This is according to the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.
The top destinations for American study abroad students are:
- United Kingdom
- Costa Rica
The majority of Americans (62 percent) do short-term study abroads, such as a summer or up to eight weeks. 36 percent do one semester or two quarters. Only 3 percent study abroad long-term (an academic year).
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