Student Health Service

To Promote and Advance the Health and Wellbeing of our Students

WFU Alcohol Position Statement

Central to its mission, the University believes in the development of the whole person – intellectual, moral, spiritual and physical. Alcohol misuse inhibits students’ development and is negatively correlated with academic success and personal safety. The vitality of the campus community relies on each individual and group taking responsibility for choices related to alcohol use. The health and well-being of the campus community should not be jeopardized by issues related to alcohol.

  • The University supports the decision of students not to use alcohol.
  • Wake Forest University emphasizes prevention education about the misuse of alcohol and the community’s expectations (policy) concerning the use of alcohol.
  • Students whose drinking creates a risk of danger to the health and safety of themselves or others are subject to judicial review and/or loss of other University privileges.
  • The University observes all applicable state and federal laws regarding alcohol use and holds students accountable for their choices.
  • The University provides medical, judicial, and therapeutic responses for individuals with alcohol related concerns.

Campus rules regarding alcohol use can be found in the Student Handbook [PDF].

The University’s Position Statement on Alcohol serves as a guide for programs and policies regarding alcohol. One set of programs are those that educate students about specific behaviors that promote their academic success and personal development, and safeguard the well-being of the community. Practicing the following behaviors will reduce students’ risks (academic, social, physical, legal, personal) related to alcohol use.

Good practices include:

  • Choosing not to use alcohol.
  • Drinking alcohol only when you are of legal age.
  • Deciding before you go out whether you will drink and, if you decide to drink, choosing not to exceed the amount of alcohol that is low-risk for you.
  • Always knowing what you are drinking.
  • Eating a full meal before drinking, not just salty food such as pretzels or chips.
  • Never drinking alcohol to get a head start before attending an event.
  • Having a plan of how you will get home safely.