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Drug Safety


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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Students tend to have a lot of expendable income which they use to gain access to drugs and alcohol. It is hard to have a social life if you are turned off by being around drugs and alcohol.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many students are interested in careers with the government.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Really not an issue here

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: In my experience, almost everyone at Georgetown drinks,and drinking is pretty central to social activities. During New Student Orientation, I was told that 80% of students drink underage. There is definitely a work hard, party hard culture. The University is pretty hands-off and lets students have their fun, but there are available EMTs, saferides, campus police, and mandatory alcohol safety tutorials to ensure that we stay safe.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Present but definitely not bad at all. It is definitely not an issue at all.

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Most Hoyas characterize the Georgetown drug scene as low-key and underground. Whatever you want can certainly be found, but drug use does not bother those students who do not want to be bothered by it. Hard drugs almost never materialize at campus parties, though marijuana sometimes makes appearances at smaller-scale, intimate gatherings of friends. It is much more popular to smoke hookahs at parties than to smoke anything else, and hookahs are legal. Students agree that alcohol is about as common as it is at any other school.

Recently, the University started working toward changing its alcohol policy, which many student leaders have characterized as being draconian and unrealistic. Provisional changes were recently adopted that bring Georgetown’s rules and regulations more closely into line with those of other universities. The University also has a serious commitment to helping students with substance-abuse problems. An on-campus psychiatric and counseling center devotes a considerable portion of its energies toward encouraging students with alcohol and drug-dependency issues to seek help. In the end, a prospective Hoya needs only to know that aside from alcohol use, the drug scene at Georgetown is, in a word, tame. Binge drinking, however, is as popular here as it is anywhere in the country.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS)
One Darnall Hall
Washington, D.C.
(202) 687-6985
Anxiety and stress management, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, discrimination, low self-esteem, sexual abuse

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 68 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 67 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 52% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 9% 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 69 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 54% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 26% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 68 responses

  • 6% Very limited.
  • 12% Somewhat limited.
  • 57% Somewhat abundant.
  • 25% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 66 responses

  • 27% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 52% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 18% 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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