Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Is it bad to build an alcohol tolerance?

For some drinkers, tolerance is seen as a social badge of honor. However, it simply means that one must drink more alcohol in order to feel the same effects previously felt when tolerance was lower.

In addition to consuming more calories and spending more money, during a night of drinking a highly tolerant person could slip into a dangerous level of inebriation without showing much -- or any – corresponding impaired behavior. See the Know your Limit page for more information.

Do males and females process alcohol the same?

In short, no. This is because of biological differences, including body composition and levels of alcohol-metabolizing enzymes, males* and females* absorb and metabolize alcohol differently. As a result, a female who consumes the same amount of alcohol as a male will generally experience higher concentrations of alcohol in their blood.

*A note as to why we use biological sex – We recognize and appreciate that not all individuals identify within these binary constructs. The purpose of using these terms is because research is based on the physiological variables specific to one’s biological sex and not related to their gender identity. Unfortunately, the research available at this time also has not focused on Intersex and Trans individuals
Is drug use common at NU?

The most common drug among undergraduates is alcohol. The prevalence of marijuana and other drugs is far less. Most students who use substances other than alcohol report infrequent use. 

Is smoking marijuana as bad as smoking cigarettes?

According to, marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as cigarettes, sometimes in higher concentrations. Studies show that someone who smokes five joints per week may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a pack a day.

Can a person become addicted to marijuana?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction. Research has shown that the risk of addiction is higher among people who start using as adolescents and among daily users. Withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, sleeping problems and anxiety can make it difficult for long-term marijuana smokers to quit.