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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have seen no drugs on campus, nor have I heard of them.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Tons of alcohol at McGill, which is to be expected with the drinking age of 18. Lots of people smoke weed, and hard drugs are easy to come by, also to be expected since McGill is in a large city, Montreal

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 88th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1187th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1250th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1272nd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1318th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kelly Baker
Weston, CT
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Considering the nightlife at McGill, it is definitely no surprise that McGill is a bit of a party school. Most people drink, and most people get drunk at least once a week, with a good portion getting drunk multiple times a week. That said, McGill is also a demanding school, so as much as there is partying, there is also studying. The most popular drug of choice, in a city where 18 is the legal age to be served, is of course alcohol. Above all, students at McGill love their liquor. A night out usually starts with pregaming until everyone is sufficiently tipsy, then ordering some more drinks at whatever venue they are going to. The streets of Montréal at 3 a.m. are littered with drunken students hollering, swaying, and generally disturbing the peace.

As far as illegal substances are concerned, marijuana is the most prevalent. Pot was, for a time, decriminalized in Ontario, but that has since been repealed, so it is now officially illegal across Canada. However, possession penalties are much looser than in the U.S. In Montréal, specifically, there seems to be an unwritten code of ignorance amongst law enforcement. As long as you are smoking in your own house or on your stoop, the police pretty much leave you alone. Every Sunday during good weather at Mont-Royal is an event called Tamtams, where hippies gather to sell their crafts, dance, drum, and smoke grass in the grass. Police do patrol this, but they never arrest anyone. With this kind of attitude, it makes sense that pot is also pretty common on McGill’s campuses.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Drug and Alcohol Help Line
(514) 527-2626
24-hour drug and alcohol help hotline

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 18 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 9% Ecstasy
  • 7% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% None
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 56% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 67% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 6% Somewhat limited.
  • 17% Somewhat abundant.
  • 78% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 17 responses

  • 24% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 65% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 6% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 6% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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