Alcohol 101

Asher Roth might have best summed up the pop-culture image of the “college experience” in his song and music video, “I Love College.” Truth be told, you don’t have to “do something crazy” to make the most of your college experience. In reality, many students at Mason don’t drink at all and of the students that do, most aren’t heavy or frequent drinkers. Student Support and Advocacy Center believes that each student at Mason makes choices that define their experience, and Student Support and Advocacy Center is here to help you make those choices with information and support. The information on our website is meant to help you make safer, more informed choices. Please know that this information does not take the place of guidance from licensed medical or legal professionals.

When it comes to alcohol and other drugs, understanding laws and Mason policies is a good place to start.

Legal Drinking Age

Individuals (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests) must be at least 21 years old to drink alcohol.  By law, it is illegal to drink alcohol under the age of 21.

For more information on Mason Policies regarding drugs and alcohol, check out the links below:

Office of Housing and Residence Life Policies

Office of Student Conduct Policies

Drinking at Mason Facts

-32.95% of students do not use alcohol

-56.8% of Mason students consume 3 or fewer drinks on a typical night of partying or socializing

This data was collected from a Spring 2013 sidewalk survey. For more information, contact WAVES.

College Drinking in the United States Facts

Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: 31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking (Knight et al., 2002).

Police Involvement: About 5 percent of 4-year college students are involved with the police or campus security as a result of their drinking (Wechsler et al., 2002), and  110,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are arrested for an alcohol-related violation such as public drunkenness or driving under the influence (Hingson et al., 2002).

Drunk Driving: 3,360,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 drive under the influence of alcohol (Hingson et al., 2009).

Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences from their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall (Engs et al., 1996; Presley et al., 1996a, 1996b; Wechsler et al., 2002).

Sexual Abuse:  97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2009).

Death:  1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes (Hingson et al., 2009).

Facts & Figures from College Drinking Prevention