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Drug Safety

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not much of a scene

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of drinking, but the school keeps the focus on safety and not on discipline. This seems to work really well in my experience. People have some rough nights but in general stay very safe and are never in any danger.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Bowdoin is almost non-existent. Alcohol is about the only substance on campus

9 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Some people do drugs, but it is very under the radar and can be easily avoided.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Honestly, compared to other colleges, hard drugs are nonexistent here. I always feel safe around my peers because they're smart and they know how to respond if anything ever happened.

8 people found this useful Report
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Although some hardcore drugs may be used on campus, it’s definitely kept private and hidden from mainstream campus life. Smoking cigarettes is not very common, but many students seem to almost brag about their drinking ability. However, partying at Bowdoin is relatively calm because it is primarily limited to the weekends—the rigorous academic schedule does not really allow otherwise.

Most students feel little pressure to join in drinking or use drugs. Bowdoin students respect the wishes of others and will not put them in situations in which they are not comfortable. If you are looking for a night of heavy alcohol consumption, it will be available, at least on Fridays and Saturdays. But if you aren't interested in drinking, there are usually other events going such as performances in Pickard Theater, movies at Frontier Café, or various lectures from visiting professors. Students at Bowdoin would never think of making anyone get involved in something that is not their thing—they will just hope you are having a good time doing whatever you plan on doing.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
181
Alcohol-Related Arrests
1
Drug-Related Referrals
8
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
32 College St., Herbert Ross Brown House
(207) 725-3145
Individual and group therapy, referrals to off-campus programs.
Did You Know?
Underclass students are often told by their older peers that when security shows up at a party, they should set their drink down on any available surface so they don't get in trouble. Despite this laissez-faire attitude, the College does a pretty good job during orientation of educating freshmen about what levels of alcohol are life-threatening. Security is also responsible for taking students to the local hospital if they have consumed too much alcohol.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 37 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 24% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 36 responses

  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% 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 36 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 39% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 56% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 8% Somewhat limited.
  • 41% Somewhat abundant.
  • 51% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 37 responses

  • 24% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 22% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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