Real NU Party Habits


People often exaggerate the party lifestyle of college students. But the majority of NU students make choices about alcohol and other drugs that don't interfere with school, relationships, or personal well-being. Here are some interesting findings from two anonymous  surveys of undergrads.

NU students use less, or less often, than you think.

  • Almost one in four (23%) do not drink.
  • More than half of NU students report drinking within low risk quantity limits* or not drinking at all the last time they partied/socialized (females 57%; males 50%).+
  • Most NU students (80%) typically drink alcohol on two or fewer days a week.
  • Most NU students (78%) have not used marijuana in the past month. Among those who have, 66% use on 5 or fewer days a month.
  • Most NU students (93%) have not used prescription stimulants (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall) that were not prescribed to them, in the past year. +

Most NU students put academics before partying.

  • Most (80%) have not done poorly on a test or important project due to drinking or other drug use.
  • Most (74%) have not missed a class due to drinking or other drug use.

Most NU students don't cause serious harm to themselves or others due to drinking or drug use.

  • Most (96%) have not damaged property while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Most (92%) do not drink and drive.
  • Most (88%) have not been in trouble with campus authorities (Res Life, Police, etc.) due to drinking or other drug use.
  • Most (86%) have not been hurt or injured due to drinking or other drug use.
  • Most (76%) have not gotten into fights due to drinking or other drug use.
  • Most (61%) have not had a blackout (memory loss) due to drinking or other drug use.
  • Most (60%) have not done something they regret due to drinking or other drug use.

* The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines 'low risk' drinking as follows:

For MEN, no more than 4 drinks on any single day and no more than 14 drinks per week. For WOMEN, no more than 3 drinks on any single day and no more than 7 drinks per week. Based on one's health and other factors, a person may need to drink less or not at all. For more information, visit NIAAA's Rethinking Drinking website.

Sources:

2012 Core Alcohol & Other Drug Survey, n= 653 NU undergraduates

+ 2011 National College Health Assessment, n= 743 NU undergraduates