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Queen's University

Principles of Alcohol Use and Abuse

Queen's University is dedicated to supporting student health, safety and success.  

The misuse of alcohol creates risks, threatens individual health, compromises the educational environment, and undermines our community.

This policy reflects the institution's commitment to education, prevention and enforcement activities that support our community in making safe and responsible decisions related to alcohol use. 


  1. Alcohol misuse by students is a health, safety and community issue.
  2. Reducing the harm associated with alcohol creates healthier, safer communities.
  3. Alcohol use by students is shaped by a variety of factors such as social and personal background, wider societal norms, and campus culture.
  4. Students are responsible and accountable for their choices in relation to the use of alcohol.
  5. Successful responses to reduce the harm and risks associate with alcohol reflect the full range of health promotion, prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm reduction approaches.
  6. Coordinated and consistent effort is the foundation for success.
  7. Students must be meaningfully involved in the development and delivery of policies related to alcohol use.
  8. Effective action is based on best practices, and regular assessment.


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