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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's definitely a campus-wide celebration on 4/20 and students definitely partake in marijuana and alcohol, but there are also plenty who don't. Residential Assistants are very lenient.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No one really pressures you to drink, but if you want to, it's very easy to find places to get alcohol.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Cal does a good job at presenting/ confronting the presence of drugs, alcohol, + peer pressure from the very beginning of your time. It's required to complete a drug and alcohol (safety and law) module online so I'm glad there's honesty about it. There are alcohol limits for parties. Drug use-- it's California so there are pot smokers and it's a top university so there is a hushed presence of study drugs; however, I don't find it any more than other areas. It actually may be less present than at other college campuses I've been to.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There's been a lot of problems regarding school safety lately.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Our school is notorious for being known with weed. We're the most recognized with drugs. The alcohol visibility usage is witnessed with peer pressure. The school should do a better job with the policy enforcement. There's too many students that have died or have been injured by alcohol poisoning. It allows them to party excessively.

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Despite Berkeley’s well-known hippie-stoner reputation, the drug scene is not intrusive. If you want drugs, they’re easy to find, but if you aren’t interested, they’re easy to avoid. Still, people who are uncomfortable with drugs should realize that they will hear about them much more than at home. At parties, pot is treated kind of like cigarettes—you may see it, but nobody will force it on you, and it's easy to walk by. And it's easy to sit there and talk to the smokers without feeling pressured to try it yourself. Many students try smoking marijuana at least once or use it occasionally without making it an important part of their lifestyles.

Marijuana is by far the most pervasive drug on campus. 4/20 is a campus holiday of sorts, and many students are brave enough to smoke in public. It is not surprising to see someone on other drugs such as cocaine, psychedelics, or ecstasy, though these harder drugs are used much less openly. Many students have an “I’ll try anything once” philosophy but don’t continue to use them after the first time. Prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin are popular, especially before big tests, among many students who don’t use other drugs. While there are occasional drug busts, users shouldn't worry much about getting caught—UCPD seems to focus more on frat parties and public drunkenness.


Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Tang Center's Alcohol and Drug Counseling
(510) 642-6074

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 158 responses

  • 36% Marijuana
  • 35% Alcohol
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 159 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 21% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 42% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 27% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 160 responses

  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 32% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 16% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 159 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 57% Somewhat abundant.
  • 18% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 158 responses

  • 36% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 48% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 13% 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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