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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Huge peer pressure, if you dont drink you will be left out

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have no idea what the drug scene is on campus outside of drinking. For that, there is a lot of access to happy hours, boozy brunches, and general DC bars.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: You don't really see it, but we are located in DC. It is obvious that it is around.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People seem pretty straight edge here so there's a large population that would only smoke weed or take adderall. There are others though and if you want to find more drugs, you'll be able to do it. Being a rich kid school, there is cocaine use.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's easy to find drugs if you look for them, but it's easy to avoid them if you aren't interested.

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There are plenty of students who do drugs at GW—most commonly, students smoke pot, drink alcohol, and smoke cigarettes. A lot of students talk about, sell, and smoke pot on a regular basis. But for students who are not interested in drugs, there is rarely any pressure to partake. People mostly associate with others who share their views on drugs.

Alcohol is the most popular drug on campus. GW students love drinking—many taking it to excess. Study drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, are very popular on campus. Students pop these prescription pills before a long night at the library to stay up late writing a paper or cramming for an exam. There are some harder drugs on campus, such as cocaine and ecstasy, but everyone knows which social circles use those harder drugs, and staying away from them is easy. Harder drugs are definitely not as visible as alcohol, pot, and study drugs.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Center for Alcohol and other Drug Education
Time Out, Educated Choices, Last Call, private counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 88 responses

  • 32% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% Cocaine
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 88 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 17% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 56% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 23% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 39% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 44% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 88 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 8% Somewhat limited.
  • 64% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 88 responses

  • 23% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 16% 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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