When considering whether or not to drink or use any other substances, it's important to keep the context of this year in mind; a context unlike any other year. So, before you make these decisions, learn a little about the interactions between alcohol and all that this year is bringing us.
To get to Princeton and to succeed as a student, you set limits for yourself all the time. You limit your time on Netflix or the time you spend on social media. Alcohol is no different: you need to decide for yourself where you draw the line.
When it comes to alcohol, most people do set limits for themselves. For example, among Princeton undergraduates*:
- 35% are current non-drinkers** including 20% who have never used alcohol.
- Of those who had ever used alcohol, 75% reported 4 or fewer drinks the last time they drank it.
Whether you choose to drink occasionally, regularly, or not at all, you’ll find helpful tips on these pages:
- Not Drinking?
You'd be in good company. Explore why many students choose not to drink ever or on any given night and fun things to do on campus.
- Drink Smart.
If you drink, find out how to keep your BAC below 0.06 to avoid many of the negative effects associated with drinking.
- Help Someone Who Drank Too Much
Understand the Red Zone (a BAC above 0.06), why it’s dangerous, and how to help someone who drank too much.
- Thinking About Planning a Party
Tips for hosting safe, fun parties.
- Express Concern About Someone's Drinking
Gain the skills to recognize someone's risky drinking and talk with them about it.
Discover more about how alcohol affects your body and other alcohol-related topics.
*According to the 2020 National College Health Assessment survey
**Defined as not drinking any alcohol in the previous 30 days