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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's definitely a drinking culture at Amherst, but then again, there's a drinking culture at pretty much every school. I can't complain-- people probably drink here more than they do at your average high school, but it's not unmanageable (though your experience will vary greatly depending on which dorm you live in).

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking basically dominates the social scene. There aren't really other alternatives to it. It's been pretty difficult to find other things to do on the weekends, especially since the PVTA bus system doesn't get you anywhere efficiently. I guess if you have a car, you can get places.
On the other hands, drugs are not as visible here. Of course, it exists, but drinking really dominates here. In the 5 college consortium, Hampshire is known for their drug scene.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Adderall is the drug of choice for academics and even the social scene. Marijuana is about as standard as any school you would imagine

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There isn't too much of a drug scene though you can always visit Hampshire if you're looking.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The college is not extremely strict about drugs, but it does work to restrict underage drinking and use of illegal drugs. It's really not very difficult for anyone wanting to drink or smoke pot to obtain some. Drugs really aren't a nuisance though. Probably the majority of students drink, but usually moderately and for parties. Pot is almost always kept to one's dorm room. There is only very, very mild pressure to drink.

In general, the college is fairly laid back, drugs are available but not a nuisance, and everyone's chill about it.

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Amherst nights—and for some, the days, too—involve respectable amounts of alcohol. Alcohol is not for everyone, and is not used all the time, but for many Amherst students, alcohol consumption is part of a weekly routine. Often time, sports teams have parties after big wins, and these parties are usually attended not only by the athletes, but other students, as well. It’s common to get the lowdown on this weekend’s parties and just go to them and drink, many times for free. Most of the time, this is due to generous seniors who pick up the tab for the poor underclassmen. When you’re a senior, you’ll probably do the same.

Pot is the other popular illegal substance, and, as is the case with alcohol, if you’re into it, there’s no problem getting it. (Even though, unlike alcohol, pot doesn’t come free.) Harder drugs are present but are far less common. It is a near consensus among students that doing hard drugs or too many "light" drugs will inevitably get in the way of academics and other activities. Perhaps here is where this ostensibly lax campus checks itself. Most students seem to be able to prioritize well: “A big paper due in two days means no partying tonight” is the common rule of thumb. It’s mostly an individual decision whether to drink or experiment with light drugs, and there is little active social pressure to do anything. Drinking, although prevalent, doesn’t determine coolness, and in fact, those students who drink frequently and heavily may be chastised by their friends after a while.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
The Amherst Counseling Center

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 13 responses

  • 46% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% Cocaine
  • 0% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 64% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% 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 15 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 60% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 33% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 15% Somewhat limited.
  • 23% Somewhat abundant.
  • 62% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 29% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 7% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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