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Friday, November 16, 2007

Yipes 101: Over a quarter of college students have "mental illness"

Campus living not the picture of health

America's college students are in a worrisome state of health, according to a study released yesterday.

Most drink and are sexually active, many have been diagnosed with mental illness, and plenty are fat and in debt, says the University of Minnesota, which surveyed 10,000 students from 14 campuses across the state.

Nearly eight out of 10 students reported being sexually active, while 71 percent drink alcohol. An additional 37 percent described their drinking habits as "high risk," consuming five or more drinks at one sitting. A quarter of the young respondents smoke or use smokeless tobacco.

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