is a community that cares about its members. Similarly, the members
of the MIT community care about one another. In the same way that
we try to prevent individuals within the community from directly
harming themselves or others, we should try to prevent individuals
from engaging in dangerous drinking."
- Working Group on Dangerous Drinking, May 13, 199
To use alcohol
responsibly in the MIT community, you need to be aware of the policies
and laws relating to its legal use. You also need to be aware of
the Institute procedures intended to insure compliance with those
policies and laws. Our hope is that this website will provide you
with much of what you need to know; however, it cannot be comprehensive.
For one thing we are always learning more about alcohol and other
substances. For another many individual units at the Institute (departments,
living groups, laboratories, centers, etc.) have their own policies
and procedures: you need to know the rules and regulations of units
relevant to your own situation that apply in addition to those linked
to this website.
of this site is to educate, but we are acutely aware that all the
education in the world will not eliminate dangerous drinking. That
is a hard and harsh fact of life, both inside and outside the Institute.
If you observe someone drinking dangerously in our community, please
offer help or seek it. Whatever you do, don't look the other way;
you might well save someone's life or save someone a lifetime of
misery. Finally, if you drink yourself, remember that being drunk
does not excuse you from the consequences of your actions and that
the Institute will hold you to those consequences.
information or clarification or to request a hardcopy version of
this site, please contact the Community
Development and Substance Abuse Program (CDSA).