General Information

Drinking in college is not a given. It doesn't have to be a rite of passage. The stereotype of heavy drinking in college is not reality for most Brown students. Like college students across the country, most Brown students don't drink or drink at very moderate levels:

  • Nearly 1 out of 5 Brown students don’t drink.
  • 77% of Brown students have 0-4 drinks on a typical night.
  • Over 80% of Brown students take care of their friends when they are drinking—by calling EMS, stopping them from hurting themselves and stopping them from drinking and driving.

(These statistics are from a 2009 survey conducted by the Public Health program and Health Promotion. A randomized sample of undergraduates was surveyed. This is the best sampling method in survey research as it insures that each student has an equal chance of being surveyed. Responses were completely anonymous; there was no way to match responses to individual participants.)

Understanding what alcohol does to your body and the risks associated with alcohol use can help you in many ways:

  • You can make a more informed decision about whether or not to drink.
  • You can recognize the warning signs of dangerous intoxication and call EMS for a friend.
  • You can reduce the risks associated with using alcohol, including injury, unwanted sex and being a victim of crime.
  • If you choose to drink, you can make safer decisions about drinking.
  • You can get help for yourself or for a friend.