Connecting Matters. Where do you draw the line?

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:

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