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Drug Safety


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Drug Safety: There is a lot of access to alcohol and parties where drinking is a key feature of the event. Most people simply want to at least try it, due to stereotypes about what makes a fun college experience. If you don't want to, it's fine. If people try to get you do drink, it's because they want to help you have fun, not because you'll be considered uncool if you don't.

Yale has a really good policy on underage drinking. It's more or less don't ask, don't tell. Only freshmen have "freshman counselors," like RAs, who are supposed to monitor their alcohol use. But the highest priority is keeping kids safe, not enforcing punishments. This makes it so that students have no reservations about getting help for someone who's in trouble for fear of having the school call their parents, being suspended, etc.

People by and large watch out for each other, so if someone drinks too much or is in danger of being the target of a sexual predator, friends and even strangers will intervene on this person's behalf. The whole college climate is one of "we're all in this together." We take the "company of scholars and society of friends" thing pretty seriously.

I have no personal knowledge of the drug scene. It's not visible at all unless you seek it out. It definitely exists, but that's really all I know. Illegal drugs, for the most part, are more often used as study aids (i.e. something like coke or Adderall) than party drugs, as far as I know. This IS a genuine safety issue, but not one the school can do much about. It's 100% a person's own choice, not at all a peer-pressure influence.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Only a few occasions of abuse

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It depends on ones taste but either way one can have a good time

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not sure what great or bad means in this case, but I think that drug use is not prevalent

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Little usage of drugs on campus.

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Yale has an extremely tolerant policy on alcohol. Students are only disciplined for alcohol if they become involved with the New Haven (rather than the Yale) police or hospital. Instead of encouraging students to avoid the health center to avoid punishment, the University encourages students to seek medical help without fear of repercusion. These policies make drinking a very popular activity on campus since alcohol is widely available. If, however, alcohol leads to other problems like sexual harassment or vandalism, Yale will address the offences.

However, alcohol is not an imperative part of the Yale experienc. Students can have a great time (there are a lot of parties!) without ever touching alcohol. It's a personal choice for each student. There is so much to do on campus (dance parties, theater, music, comedy shows, etc.) that alcohol simply isn't necessary to have a fabulous night.

Like nearly every school, there is a drug scene amongst certain cliques or groups of students. However, it's easily avoidable and not an integral part of campus life. Alcohol is much more popular. If you don’t interact with people who use drugs, you might never even encounter drugs on campus. Students do not have to negotiate “peer pressure." Yalies value freedom of judgment and leave others' decisions up to them.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
  • Stimulants
Drug Counseling Programs
Substance Abuse Counseling
17 Hillhouse Ave.
New Haven
(203) 432-0290
Counseling services provide education and support for those dealing with an alcohol or drug dependency.
Did You Know?
Yale employs a "good Samaritan" policy for alcohol. Students will not be disciplined for seeking medical help due to alcohol related activities.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 43 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% None
  • 2% Heroin
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 43 responses

  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 40% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 42% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 51% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 37% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 42 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 10% Somewhat limited.
  • 55% Somewhat abundant.
  • 33% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 42 responses

  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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