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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: My favorite thing about McGill is that there is very little judgment surrounding drugs and alcohol. When people come from all over the world, everyone has a different background regarding drugs and alcohol. As a result everybody does their own thing. Still, everything drugs and alcohol related is extremely accessible so it's there if you want it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Tons of alcohol at McGill, which is to be expected with the drinking age of 18. Lots of people smoke weed, and hard drugs are easy to come by, also to be expected since McGill is in a large city, Montreal

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are a choice that you make - no one is going to stop you from using them. If you want them, they're there. Time to use your own judgement.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You can drink/smoke/use drugs at your leisure. No one really prevents you since the drinking age is 18 and there is a much more lax attitude about drugs like marijuana. However, it's not a school where drug use is in your face or where the majority of kids are going crazy all day. Everyone here is smart, and the people who want to experiment do and sometimes go hard, but I would say most people are pretty low-key about that kind of stuff and would rather study. It's not as big of a deal because it's not constantly cracked down upon the way it is in the States' universities.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: With a legal drinking age of 18 in Quebec, alcohol is common at parties and in the nightlife, but also at many university-related events, such as at cocktails or with meals at networking events, awards ceremonies, wine and cheese events, etc.
In terms of peer pressure to drink or take drugs, it really depends on your social group, but all in all, drinking is common, but drugs less so.

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Considering the nightlife at McGill, it is definitely no surprise that McGill is a bit of a party school. Most people drink, and most people get drunk at least once a week, with a good portion getting drunk multiple times a week. That said, McGill is also a demanding school, so as much as there is partying, there is also studying. The most popular drug of choice, in a city where 18 is the legal age to be served, is of course alcohol. Above all, students at McGill love their liquor. A night out usually starts with pregaming until everyone is sufficiently tipsy, then ordering some more drinks at whatever venue they are going to. The streets of Montréal at 3 a.m. are littered with drunken students hollering, swaying, and generally disturbing the peace.

As far as illegal substances are concerned, marijuana is the most prevalent. Pot was, for a time, decriminalized in Ontario, but that has since been repealed, so it is now officially illegal across Canada. However, possession penalties are much looser than in the U.S. In Montréal, specifically, there seems to be an unwritten code of ignorance amongst law enforcement. As long as you are smoking in your own house or on your stoop, the police pretty much leave you alone. Every Sunday during good weather at Mont-Royal is an event called Tamtams, where hippies gather to sell their crafts, dance, drum, and smoke grass in the grass. Police do patrol this, but they never arrest anyone. With this kind of attitude, it makes sense that pot is also pretty common on McGill’s campuses.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Drug and Alcohol Help Line
(514) 527-2626
24-hour drug and alcohol help hotline

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 26 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 11% Ecstasy
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 52% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 37% 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 26 responses

  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 73% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 8% Somewhat limited.
  • 19% Somewhat abundant.
  • 73% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 26 responses

  • 19% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 62% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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