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Drug Safety


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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol visibility is quite high, but is not of issue on campus - everyone here is of legal age (18 in France), and nobody gets piss drunk in the AMEX. Drug visibility is low, but most students know that it is far from non-existent. I have not encountered peer pressure to a significant extent, but non-smokers are generally left out.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Again, you are in city life so it's definitely evident.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: As AUP is located in Paris, France and the legal age to drink in France is 18, the vast majority of students at AUP have easy access to alcohol. Also, many of the school functions offer hors d'oeuvres and wine for the students and faculty to enjoy. The student cafe also serves wine, hard cider and beer. Although, if you do not feel like drinking alcohol or if you do not drink at all you can still have an active social life.

I know several AUP students who do not drink alcohol but still go out with friends to clubs, etc. If you can have a fun time without alcohol you won't be looked down for it. Possibly unlike some American universities where there may be a presence of peer pressure to drink alcohol or smoke weed, etc. here many of the students are not American and have been allowed to drink since they were 16-18 years old so there is less of a hype around "getting hammered" or "going hard". However, it is Paris, after all, and if that is something that you are interested in doing then you can definitely have a good time partying here as well.

There is a place for everyone at AUP. I have a few friends who do not drink at all yet still hang out with some of the biggest drinkers on campus. There is little peer pressure to do drugs or drink alcohol at AUP. If you want to drink you can, although if you are not such a big drinker, you don't have to worry about what other people are going to think because they probably won't care.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is regularly offered at school events. Marijuana is 100% tolerated outdoors. Anything harder than marijuana or alcohol is not "allowed" but if it is kept low-key, one will not have any problems.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Not really aware of it.


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The drug scene at AUP is kept on the down-low and isn't really a big deal. The most prevalent drug is pot, and alcohol is widely consumed since France has a lower drinking age than the United States. There isn't any pressure to participate when it comes to this, but if you want something, then you'll know how to find it. Drinking is a huge part of the social scene, and it's ten times more likely that a lot of booze will be downed than drugs. This is because the students have access to the most popular bars, clubs, and parties in Paris, and pretty much everyone knows someone who can get a group of people in somewhere selective.

When it comes to drugs, the students are very respectful when it comes to someone's personal choices. There's not a lot of peer pressure to give into, so the only person anyone has to be honest with is himself. A great time can still be had hanging around your friends who drink, even if you don't; just don't lecture them. There is almost always a mutual acceptance of choices when it comes down to it. Besides, when among people who know how to have a great time, things like this are hardly an important issue.

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Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 8 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 24% Marijuana
  • 14% Cocaine
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 10% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 5% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 22% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 44% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 11% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 67% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 0% Somewhat limited.
  • 11% Somewhat abundant.
  • 89% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 44% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 33% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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