Office of Student Life

Student Wellness Center

Party Smart

Partying smart is all about staying safe while having fun. Whether you choose to drink or not, use the Party Smart tools and tips to keep you and your friends safe and healthy.  

While drinking under the age of 21 is illegal, we know that it is not uncommon for individuals to drink alcohol socially. Did you 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. 

While many folks who decide to use substances will do so responsibly, one in seven people over the age of 18 will have a problematic relationship with substances at some point in their life (one in four when it comes to 18-24 year olds in college). (Surgeon General's Report, 2016) 

Decisions you make regarding drinking and using drugs can lead to negative experiences during your time at Ohio State and can even progress into a problem you experience for the rest of your life. That’s why it is important to understand how to engage in a safe and responsible manner if you do decide to use substances as a Buckeye.  

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 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!