Drug Safety

Winston Salem, NC
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5 College Freshman

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

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you want alcohol, it's easy for anyone to get there hands on. It's annoying that the liquor stores are state run and have very limited hours. Wake Forest is a wet campus, featuring two on campus locations where beer ($5 pitchers are clutch) and wine are sold. If you're underage and carrying a beer can around campus, yes you'll get into trouble. However, drink like a normal person and you're all set.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is mostly an issue of drinking. There are people who smoke weed and take adderall and probably some who do harder drugs, but it's nowhere as visible as drinking. It would be a lie to say it's not related to Greek Life. It would be a lie to say that only Greeks drink in excessive quantity. However, as an unaffliated student I find much less pressure to drink at house parties or in intimate settings with friends. Frat parties are unbearable with some alcohol in your system. Overall, if you find the right friends they won't pressure you to drink until you blackout.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: "work hard, play harder mentality", the kids at wake go pretty hard on the weekend, most drink at frat parties, there are definitely people who don't drink, but it's usually pretty uncomfortable for them

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you don't drink, you'll find others that don't drink. It will take time because the majority of wake kids drink. Also, with high tuition comes expensive drug habits, aka cocaine and xanax; however, you really only find that at specific houses.


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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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Will Geiger
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
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
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 26 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 24% Marijuana
  • 24% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 5% None
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 48% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 62% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 35% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 4% 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 much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 26 responses

  • 69% Practically unlimited.
  • 27% Somewhat abundant.
  • 4% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 26 responses

  • 12% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 23% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 42% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 23% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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