athleteCollege athletes who make use of performance enhancing substances can be at an increased risk of abusing alcohol and indulging in substance abuse, as per a new research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

In a study involving 234 male athletes, it was found that athletes using performance enhancers such as steroids and weight-loss supplements are more likely to use drugs like marijuana and cocaine.

Study co-author Dr. Robert J. Pandina, director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, said that the concerning implication is that many athletes are not only using recreational drugs but also suffering from harmful effects.