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Alcohol and Drugs Abroad

Alcohol abuse and intoxication are a leading cause of injury and disruption on study abroad programs. While a victim is never to blame for abuse, the abuse of alcohol is often tied to becoming a victim of a violent crime or accident.

Drug possession and abuse abroad can subject you to harsh criminal proceedings and severe punishments. In some cases drugs that are legal in the U.S. are illegal in other countries, and aspects of the U.S. legal system (such as the presumption “innocent until proven guilty”) are not followed.

The problems associated with alcohol can become more acute when students are in countries with lower minimum drinking ages than in the US and are drinking for the first time. If you are going to drink, drink responsibly, and look out for the safety of your fellow students.

In addition to safety concerns, keep in mind that in many countries excessive drinking is not culturally accepted. You should also never feel pressured into drinking more than you wish to drink, or engaging in any other potentially dangerous, illegal, or unhealthy personal behavior against your will because you think you may offend another culture. Find ways to say "no." Often a friendly but firm "no thank you" or hand-over-the-glass gesture does the job.

To learn more about alcohol and drinking responsibly, visit the Loyola Student Health Services' page on Alcohol Information.

While studying abroad, you must still follow the Loyola University New Orleans Student Code of Conduct. Failure to abide by the code can result in a student conduct hearing and disciplinary sanctions. To read the Student Code of Conduct, visit this webpage.

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Revised 8/14/2018