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I read an article several months ago about how lots of oxbridge students have alcohol/drug dependency and also depression. Is it true that there is a higher proportion of students at oxbridge with alcohol or drug problems compared to other universities and if so is it likely that the pressured environment there is enough to tip some students over the edge?
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I don't know but it wouldn't surprise me. Use of cocaine, from my experience, seems to be quite high and I think this is partly because they can afford to do it, they have the money or their parents have the money. I think drug use is going to be far higher in all universities than in society as a whole, along with rates of despression etc, due to the age group there. Its a complicated question, but I'd be interested to see actual figures of hard drug use in oxbridge (by hard I exclude things such as cannabis).
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Depression is supposed to be quite a big problem in comparison to other universities; of course having only ever been to Oxford I can't say if that's true or not. Though the OUSU have got quite a lot about it on their website.

As the person above said there's quite a lot of cocaine, though I suspect that's more to do with the type of people that attend Oxbridge than the uinversity itself.
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(Original post by BazTheMoney)
though I suspect that's more to do with the type of people that attend Oxbridge than the uinversity itself.
Or the admissions process
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We must have one of the most comprehensive welfare systems in the country, with the student union, individual JCRs and the university all providing comprehensive welfare facilities. It's not that surprising - lots of the "cream of the crop" are screwed up - why have many worked so hard all their lives to get the best grades rather than settle for 2nd best? There's increased workload pressure, competition etc here. A lot of depression here's caused by people thinking too much about their life - existence, contentment etc.

However I wouldn't say alcohol & drugs problems are that prevalent - the drugs scene is very underground and largely a social pastime of the richer kids, though relatively few have addiction problems.

As for the intitial question, it's not enough to make people "tip over the edge". A fair few take a year out to sort themselves out, but suicide is almost non-existent.
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Lots of people from public schools go to Oxbridge. None of them have ever done drugs, don't be ridiculous...
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Lots of people from public schools go to Oxbridge. None of them have ever done drugs, don't be ridiculous...
Sarcasm?

As a generalisation here cannabis is done by the indie kids, cocaine by the rahs, and E/LSD/Heroine almost non-existent.
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Sarcasm?

As a generalisation here cannabis is done by the indie kids, cocaine by the rahs, and E/LSD/Heroine almost non-existent.
Absolutely. Half my school did drugs quite regularly. Do a fair number of people really do cocaine? I've second-hand-smoked cannabis, but I wouldn't ever push it as far as injecting or snorting.
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When i went on the shadowing scheme to Selwyn there was a lot of campaigning (it was at CUSU election time; who was elected president btw) about the high suicide rate at Christ's college.
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Absolutely. Half my school did drugs quite regularly. Do a fair number of people really do cocaine? I've second-hand-smoked cannabis, but I wouldn't ever push it as far as injecting or snorting.
I would say a large minority of Oxford Students have done some type of drug at one time or another, though in the majority of cases that would just be cannabis. For cocaine there's very few students who are dependant on it, but significant amount have probable tried it. It's certainly easy to find if you so wish.
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I met a girl who told me the way to get through Cambridge was to smoke cannabis. Obviously a bit of a stresshead.
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Is alcohol abuse wwhen you ddon't finish your pint? poor drink might feel abused that you didn't finish it.

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(Original post by Jools)
Sarcasm?

As a generalisation here cannabis is done by the indie kids, cocaine by the rahs, and E/LSD/Heroine almost non-existent.
Seen a fair bit of E and coke doing the rounds, specially on nights before slide at the zodiac. I suppose it depends on who you hang around with as to how much drug use you see going on, i.e. people who spend their life in a library probably don't see much, (snorting coke from off a bodleian library desk isn't that heard of) whearas more time with the grand café set might mean you see more coke and more time moshing in sabotage might mean you see more canabis smoked.

Students doing drugs isn't exactly major news though is it now! So hopefully no-one is that shocked when they see it happen.
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(Original post by whitewitch)
I read an article several months ago about how lots of oxbridge students have alcohol/drug dependency and also depression. Is it true that there is a higher proportion of students at oxbridge with alcohol or drug problems compared to other universities and if so is it likely that the pressured environment there is enough to tip some students over the edge?
I think depression is a major problem, but the only people I know of who have been seriously depressed did not become dependent on drugs and alcohol. My overall experience is that Cambridge students - and I would expect the same is true of Oxford students - drink more than the people at my previous school, but use drugs less. Still, the vast majority of those who I know (either through college or course) can control their alcohol use. I would say that I am alcohol dependent (I very rarely go a day without drinking a pint) but I am in control (for the final seven weeks before my exams I did not get drunk once).
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Yeah. I know E/hardcore stuff is popular with the 'town' - Coven II crowd, Zodiac for D&B etc, but not with students.
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Yeah. I know E/hardcore stuff is popular with the 'town' - Coven II crowd, Zodiac for D&B etc, but not with students.
Mmm it's been mainly 'gown' types who I've seen doing it although admittedly students who go out away from typical student haunts, pt, bridge, park end etc. So fair point. Although probably should stress that drug use in Oxford isn't any different from other places I've been to, (don't want to put anyone off now).
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http://www.oxfordstudent.com/1999-10-28/news/1

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Oxford University, whose members have the highest suicide rate of any University in Britain,
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Some people have no sense of humour. I mean if you can't laugh at the suicide of close relatives and dear friends what have you got left?
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When i went on the shadowing scheme to Selwyn there was a lot of campaigning (it was at CUSU election time; who was elected president btw) about the high suicide rate at Christ's college.
got a statistic for that?!
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i doubt its any different from anywhere else, this is one area where oxbridge is far from special
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