Drug Safety

Location
Winston Salem, NC
Undergrads
4,746
Tuition
$43,200
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Junior

Drug Safety: People definitely drink, and no one really does much about it. I don't drink, and after I decline, people accept my decision. I've never felt pressured.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I think calling this drug 'safety' is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, there is a huge amount of social drinkers on campus. Yes, there are a lot of parties. Yes, you probably will feel a little left out if you don't drink. But there really isn't a safety concern in my opinion. People drink to celebrate working their asses off during the week and have a good time. The drug scene is pretty prevalent too, a lot of kids take addy or vyvanse to help study, especially around finals time. Recreational drugs also are pretty big on campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are not typically visible. However drinking may be associated with the success of athletic teams.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I hate to give a rating about the "Drug Safety" here because it isn't logical.

Here's the deal: alcohol is very easy to get your hands on. There will most likely be a kid in your hallway who has a fake ID, and all fraternities provide unlimited alcohol at all parties. Cops don't bother with you in most cases; the majority of writeups freshman year stem from getting busted pregaming in your room by the RA on duty or people passing out or drinking in dumb/public places. As long as you aren't obnoxious and don't disturb others you won't get written up.

Marijuana is rapidly gaining popularity on campus, and is pretty easy to get your hands on. I have had little difficulty in finding sources. Cops are cracking down recently though so be careful...

Adderall is pretty prevalent, you will find lots of students use it here because of all the homework that we're given. This may seem negligible but it's a true testament to the workload here.

As for coke, Xanax, etc., these are not used by the majority of students (maybe 10-15% use) but are still accessible if you look in the right places.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you participate, you'll have fun and be safe.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 42nd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 979th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1129th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1293rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1320th
    Least Underage Drinkers

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Will Geiger
Hometown
Brielle, NJ
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Alcohol is certainly common, but unless you count students pounding coffee in the library, a drug scene is almost non-existent. As far as alcohol goes, yes, people do drink, but no one is going to judge you if you don't. Drinking violations are a slap on the wrist and result in fines and community service depending on the specific infraction. With drugs, the consequences are more dire—even for smoking pot. That said, most student have not come into contact with any drugs more serious than marijuana. Nonetheless, even getting caught with pot will result in losing housing privileges on campus.

At a "work hard, play hard" school like Wake Forest, it is no surprise that alcohol is ubiquitous. In recent years, the administration has adapted a policy to tolerate safe and responsible behavior from students rather than completely clamp down on underage drinking. This does require a certain amount of discretion and responsibility from Wake Forest students, but it has seemed to work well.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
106
Alcohol-Related Arrests
3
Drug-Related Referrals
7
Drug-Related Arrests
1
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
George C. Mackie Health Center
(336) 758-5218
Alcohol dependency assessments, evaluation of alcohol on physical well-being
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Center
118 Reynolda Hall
(336) 758-5273
One-on-one counseling, alcohol and drug dependency assessment services, short-term and long-term counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 30 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 24% Marijuana
  • 24% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Cocaine
  • 4% None
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 57% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 10% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 70% Practically unlimited.
  • 23% Somewhat abundant.
  • 7% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 13% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 20% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 40% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 27% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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