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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many students drink and use marijuana even if they are underage. But these students don't do it out in the open so it can be hard to catch them in the act. But there are many videos about drug safety.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: ASU policy of peer pressure, drugs, and alcohol is very taken serious. Every student at ASU goes through a class about these topics to keep us safe and to help others when needed.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You may feel slightly peer pressured to party because of the ASU atmosphere, but its honestly really easy to say no to. Drugs don't have a huge presence here. A lot of people smoke weed on their own time, but no one really pressures anyone to do it. A lot of kids also use Adderall to focus on school work, so it's there if you want it, but no ones shoving it in your face,

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You can find anything you want and a lot of people on campus do a lot of drugs, but the same amount of people are on the other end and dont do any drugs. There's a huge mix of people at ASU and no one really cares if you drink/do drugs or if you dont. I've gone to plenty of parties where I didn't do anything and no one looked at me differently.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I gave it a "great" review because I go out of my way to try an avoid anything concerning drugs, including the people who use them. However just from my nearly four years walking being at the school, I have heard people talk about things in passing (primarily alcohol). Since ASU is a tobacco-free campus, the amount of smoking has greatly decreased (on campus), and I do not believe I have ever seen anyone drinking on campus.


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Holding the title as one of the nation's biggest "party schools" puts a lot of emphasis on substance use, especially alcohol. Alcohol is definitely the substance of choice at Arizona State and the most influential, as many students hit the nightlife scene on the weekends. The majority consists of drinking, drinking, some drug use, and more drinking. Usually drugs come into play when a major rave rolls into town or a major party is about to throw down. Other than that, low-key drugs like marijuana are usually what most people would see rather than the hardcore drugs. Marijuana is prevalent during kick-backs, some dorm parties (if you can keep it hidden), and at random places. It's one of those drugs that is generally more common. Granted, not everyone is wacked out on drugs or will even come in contact with it. It just depends on who you hang out with and what their character is like. 

Drinking and drugs will always come into play at any large party school. If that is your scene, you'd better believe you will not have any problems running into those who can hook you up. Since ASU is a dry campus, drugs and alcohol are not allowed, and if a student is caught with any substance, the consequences can be severe, from a criminal record to expulsion—it all depends on the nature of crime. Those caught drinking underage will usually come out of it with an MIC (minor in consumption) that will go on your record, and of course if drugs are involved, there will be more serious consequences. Obviously, there is a price for these kinds of choices, and ASU does not take these violations lightly.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • "Date rape" drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Heroin
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
ASU Counseling
Student Services Building, Room 334
(480) 965-6146
Did You Know?
According to a recent survey conducted by the University, 86 percent of ASU students surveyed had not abused prescription drugs during the previous 12 months, 88 percent of ASU students do not smoke marijuana, 83 percent of ASU students use a designated driver when they drink, 76 percent of ASU students eat before and/or while drinking, 75 percent of ASU students either abstained from drinking or consumed between 1 and 4 drinks of alcohol the last time they partied, and 39 percent of ASU students did not drink alcohol in the last 30 days.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 431 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% None
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 433 responses

  • 11% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 38% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 18% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 433 responses

  • 8% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 15% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 24% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 434 responses

  • 14% Very limited.
  • 24% Somewhat limited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 24% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 433 responses

  • 42% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 39% 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.
  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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