University of Southern Indiana

Social Norms

Many students overestimate how much and how often other students drink and use drugs in college. In reality, many USI students choose not to drink, and those students who do drink tend to do so in a reasonable manner.

Results from recent student surveys show:

  • 73% of USI students typically do not drink when going out to a party (USI Assessment Day, 2016)
  • Of USI students who choose to drink:
    • 65% had 4 or fewer drinks the last time they partied (NCHA, 2016)
    • 96% reported using a designated driver "most of the time" or "always." (NCHA, 2016)
    • 75% reported eating before/during drinking 'most of the time' or 'always." (NCHA, 2016)

In addition: 

  • When going out, 97% of USI students prefer to be around people who either do not drink, or drink moderately and stay in control (USI Assessment Day, 2016)
  • 74% of students have never used marijuana (NCHA, 2016)
  • 84% of students have never smoked cigarettes (NCHA, 2016)
  • 71% of students do not think that alcohol is very important to the social life of campus (USI Assessment Day, 2016) 

There are plenty of ways to have fun on campus without alcohol. USI offers late night events, movies, intramural sports, leadership programs, outdoor adventure trips, volunteer opportunities, multicultural events, and more! Check out the Be Connected section for ways to get involved! 

* National College Health Assessment (2016), n=359

* USI Assessment Day (2016), n= 1,611. 

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