About Drugs & Alcohol

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Need a good rule of thumb for drinking responsibly? One drink per hour—if at all—reduces many of the risk factors that go along with alcohol consumption. The legal age to drink is 21. Keep in mind that the vast majority of Otterbein students drink responsibly or not at all; the legal age to drink is 21.

Prescription Stimulants

Believe it or not, there is little or no academic benefit associated with non-medical use of prescription stimulants. A Study from the University of Maryland examined the non-medical use of prescription stimulant medication and its impact on grade point averages (GPAs). It found that students who abstained from non-medical use of prescription stimulants had improvement in GPA, while students who engaged in non-medical use showed no increases in their GPAs and gained no advantage over both groups of their peers tracked in the study. What’s more, students with ADHD and a valid prescription feel enormously pressured to share:

  • More than half (60%) of the 192 students surveyed with a valid prescription for stimulants have been approached by their peers to divert their medication. Of those students who have been approached, 65% felt pressure to divert their medication even though they did not want to.
  • 63% of students with a valid prescription for stimulants always take as prescribed.

Taking medications that are not prescribed to you is dangerous and illegal. If you are worried about yourself or a friend, a Wellness Staff Member will be happy to help (614-823-1250).


No one plans to be an addict. Addiction is sneaky. It can start with a sports injury, a wisdom tooth extraction, an accident, an ache or pain. Too often, an appropriate prescription pain medicine turns into something else. Addiction. Overdose. Death. A simple surgery or injury can turn into addiction if one is not vigilant. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, people prescribed opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin.

If you or someone you know suffers from opioid addiction, there are a number of on- and off-campus resources available, including:

On-Campus Resources

Student Wellness, 614-823-1250, wellness@otterbein.edu
The Counseling Center, 614-823-1333, counseling@otterbein.edu
Otterbein Chaplain, 614-823-1409
Otterbein Police Department, 614-823-1222, police@otterbein.edu
Student Affairs, 614-823-1250, wellness@otterbein.edu
Student Health Center, 614-823-1345, cook1@otterbein.edu
Women’s Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, 614-823-1028, wgsrc@otterbein.edu
Campus Fitness & Recreation, 614-823-1718, mriegler@otterbein.edu

Off-Campus Resources