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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I mean I smoke and drink, it's great because I can find that stuff anywhere.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: There should a better means of educating students about drugs, their risks, and how to use them safely.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't drink and I don't feel left out. I have a lot of friends, and my best friends I met outside of the atmosphere where there would be alcohol anyway. If your new friends are pressuring you, it might be a sign they aren't going to be your best friends.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't know that there is a ton of peer pressure certainly plenty of kids don't drink do drugs. But, my dorm always smells like weed and most kids drink on weekends. There are other things to do, but you may really have to work to find them.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No pressure. If you want to you can, if you don't you can find people who don't either.

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When it comes to drugs and drinking, the general consensus is that students are free to choose what they want to take part in, and there will be no consequences for choosing to be sober. As for drugs, the most common, by far, is pot. If that’s your thing, you are likely to find others to light up with, but if not, there is no pressure to partake. Pot is mostly found in social settings, like off-campus parties, but even so, it’s usually in a back room somewhere, hidden from the general public. The smell tends to emanate throughout the party, but if you want to smoke, you have to go find it. A few students also use prescription “study drugs” like Adderall and Ritalin, but again, if that’s your thing, seek it out. If it’s not, you can go your entire career at Northwestern and never come across it. Drugs like these are used entirely by choice and will never be forced upon those who aren't interested.

However, the ultimate campus drug of choice is alcohol. The social drinking scene is pretty noticeable, and alcohol is fairly easy to obtain for underage students. But the drinking is mostly contained to off-campus apartments or fraternity parties. If you’re looking to drink, just walk into a frat party, and you will find mixed drinks and shots galore, not to mention the kegs and refrigerators full of beer found at many off-campus parties. But again, you choose your experience. You have to go to the alcohol if you want it; it won’t approach you. If you want to drink yourself into a stupor every Friday night, there are plenty of opportunities for that, but if you want a more toned-down experience, you are able to find that, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Searle Hall, 633 Emerson St.
(847) 491-2151
Therapy, workshops

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 63 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 63 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 41% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 37% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% 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 63 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 10% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 60% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 24% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 64 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 66% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 64 responses

  • 25% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 58% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 17% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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