Current surveys at Williams illustrate that alcohol is the drug of choice. These results correspond to statistics nationwide. However, experimentation with a wide variety of drugs does occur, and because of their unpredictability and diverse nature, use of these substances involves a substantial risk.
Drugs are usually categorized according to
their major physical effects. The five basic categories of drugs are
stimulants, depressants (including alcohol), hallucinogens, narcotics and
cannabis. Some of these drugs are illegal and some are not. At Williams,
the Health Center has a variety of publications examining each drug type
in depth. Please go there or visit Peer Health in the basement of Baxter
Hall during office hours to get more information on drugs not covered
Many legal substances can be used and abused as drugs. Most prevalent are nicotine and caffeine.