As far as drugs are concerned at Whitman, the primary drug of choice is alcohol, and it is used in abundance. Although harder drugs do exist, they don't exist in a large enough way that they are noticed and highly problematic. Most students couldn't really respond to the drug scene because there isn't much of one. Although alcohol is very popular, and probably the most abused substance on campus, drugs aside from marijuana are not seen regularly.
Yes, it is a rarity on the Whitman campus to attend a party where alcohol is not a major component to the atmosphere. However, many students would rather have alcohol in abundance than any other substance, particularly illegal drugs. Given that most substance abuse is centralized on alcohol, there is a certain pressure, of course, to drink-there is even an annual student-run tradition called "the Beer Mile." Whitman does have a well-deserved reputation for being a drinking school, but most students feel this is better than being known for pot or other illegal substance abuse. And, though it is sometimes a challenge on a Thursday or Friday night (Whitman's bigger party nights) to find a party without alcohol, it is even more challenging to find a party with illegal drugs. Overall, the drug scene and substance abuse are not extensive in variety or problematic for most students.