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Social Norms

Tulane offers many opportunities for fun and socializing – some of which include opportunities to drink alcohol – but not all Tulanians choose to drink. In fact, 68% of Tulane students report that the last time they socialized or partied, they had four or fewer drinks.

Meet Alex the Alligator

Alex knows a lot about Tulane's social habits, including how much and how often students actually drink. Alex gives tips on ways you can reduce your risk of experiencing negative consequences and stay safe when choosing to drink.

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Who Drinks?

Not everybody. According to the 2019 U CELEBRATE! survey, 28% of Tulane students chose not to drink any alcohol at all the last time they socialized with friends or partied.

Avoiding Risks

90% of Tulane students who choose to drink use at least one protective strategy to make it home safe at the end of the night.

  1. Skip the games. Less than 25% of Tulane students participate in drinking games when out.
  2. Eat before you go. 86% of Tulane students report eating before or while drinking. When there is food in your stomach before drinking, alcohol is absorbed more slowly.
  3. Count your drinks. 60% of Tulane students keep track of how many drinks they've had whenever they're partying, and 75% of students will cut themselves off before they’ve had too much to drink.
  4. Safety first. Over 90% of Tulane students watch out for their friends when drinking and plan to get home safely. If you choose to travel separately, make sure to check in with your friends when you get home.

Alcohol and Drug Amnesty

Your time with Tulane will be a period of excitement, opportunity, challenges—sometimes all at the same time. While heavy drinking is sometimes dismissed as a normal part of the college experience, the risks of such behavior are significant.

Our Alcohol and Other Drug Policy ensures you can always call for help in an emergency without worrying about getting yourself or someone else in trouble.

Helpful Links

eCHECKUP TO GO

Brief Alcohol Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

Tulane Recovery Community

Alcohol Emergency: What to do