Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

Party Smart

While drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, we know that young adults tend to experience a higher rate of substance use as they age – and young adults who attend college tend to use more frequently than peers who do not attend college. It is not uncommon for individuals to drink alcohol socially, and we want to make sure you party smart. 

While many folks who decide to use substances will do so responsibly, we know that 1 in 7 people over the age of 18 will have a problematic relationship with substances at some point in their life (1 in 4 when it comes to 18-24 year olds in college). 

Drinking and using drugs can be incredibly harmful to your development, so it is important to have an understanding on how to engage in a safe and responsible manner if you do decide to use substances as a Buckeye. Our hope is that these webpages can be a resource for you to obtain accurate information about responsible alcohol and drug use. You can navigate the pages on the left-hand side to learn more. 

While it is important to be aware of how to have fun responsibly, it is also important to know that over 30% of Ohio State’s students report that they have never used alcohol. If you choose to make the choice to not use substances you will find that you are not alone – there are plenty of ways to have fun, and Ohio State has something for everyone!