When considering whether or not to drink (or use any other substances), it's important to understand the impact they can have on your physical and mental well-being as well as on people around you. The information and strategies given here can help you reduce those impacts should you or someone around you choose to drink alcohol.
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.
Before deciding to drink, you should know the laws in effect where you are. If you are in New Jersey, know that that New Jersey law (pdf)(link is external) and University policy(link is external) generally prohibits the purchasing, serving, and consumption of alcohol by and to people under 21.
*According to the 2020 National College Health Assessment survey
**Defined as not drinking any alcohol in the previous 30 days