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Alcohol & Other Drugs

The issues of underage consumption, high-risk drinking, and drug-abuse are serious concerns for colleges and universities across the country, including Washington University in St. Louis. The university has well-established policies, procedures, resources, education, and prevention efforts to help reduce the harm associated with dangerous usage.

  • The decision to abstain from alcohol use is a healthy choice many of our students make.
  • Moderation is essential if you or someone you know chooses to drink alcohol. From our experience, the most serious consequences occur when students consume large quantities in a short amount of time.
  • If you or your friends ever feel overwhelmed or in immediate danger because of alcohol use, the Washington University Emergency Support Team (EST) is available 24/7 at (314) 935-5555. Please review our Medical Amnesty and Active Bystander Protocol.
  • If you or your friends have concerns about habits or behaviors regarding alcohol, Amanda Hoylman, Assistant Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Programming, is available for free consultations in the Habif Health and Wellness Center.
  • Washington University offers a Recovery Group for students in recovery from substance use. For more information, visit the WashU Recovery page​, or you can email​.
  • ​If you have a prescription medication, please consult with your physician before choosing to consume alcohol.