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Drug Safety


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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: The school works hard to keep students safe.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Some students are irresponsible and transported

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school hasn't put too much emphasis on being strict about drug/alcohol use, although it does have some interesting events/talks about raising alcohol/drug awareness.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school puts in a huge effort to educate us on what we are doing with drugs.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Pretty standard boozing a partaking in the reefer. Not many "potheads" but most students will smoke. Social life pretty much revolves around drinking. Pretty noticeable divide between those who are "chem free" and those who are not.

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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
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
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 30 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 26% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% None
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 50% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 10% 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 30 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.
  • 40% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 53% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 3% Somewhat limited.
  • 47% Somewhat abundant.
  • 50% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 23% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 50% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 23% 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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