The use of drugs at Middlebury is noticeable but not prevalent. Popular drugs, such as marijuana or prescription “study drugs,” are easily obtained and used by many, while hard drugs such as cocaine are more difficult to find. Most students would not consider themselves part of the drug crowd. Even if they do, they are so focused on success both in academics and extracurricular activities that only a small amount of their time and money is spent on drugs.
Most students at Middlebury drink, although the quantities of alcohol imbibed vary widely depending on the person and context. Alcohol is abundantly available for underage students. That being said, except for possibly feeling some awkwardness, there is hardly any peer pressure on those who choose to abstain from drugs and/or alcohol. Your decision to remain sober will be respected and rarely questioned, as Middlebury students consider uniqueness an important and valuable quality. In addition, if a party full of drunk people is not your scene, there are plenty of other events—Free Friday Films, concerts, and performances—taking place on campus on the weekends.