Relationship of high school and college sports participation with alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use: a review

Addict Behav. 2010 May;35(5):399-407. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2009.12.032. Epub 2010 Jan 4.


This study provides an exhaustive review of 34 peer-reviewed quantitative data-based studies completed on high school and college sports involvement and drug use. The studies reviewed suggest that participation in sport is related to higher levels of alcohol consumption, but lower levels of both cigarette smoking and illegal drug use. Additional research is needed in this domain to further elucidate the relationship between these variables.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Schools
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Sports / psychology
  • Sports / statistics & numerical data*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Universities
  • Young Adult