Marijuana usage and alcohol consumption are greatly visible on campus. Entire dormitories and academic buildings reek of weed, bodily fluids and booze. Mountains of empty beer cans and bottles can be found in or around any designated trash or recycling area. Underclassmen have even resorted to using communal bathrooms as dumping grounds for their post-party wastes.
The college continually fails to punish students who promote, participate in or condone underage drinking and illegal drug use. A student who practices self-defense is more likely to get disciplinary probation than a student who is caught with an ounce of pot. If caught in rooms with other students engaging in said acts, the school will be more likely punish those who are in possession of the substance(s) or contraband, (e.g., you will be exempt from punishment if you simply declare their "innocence" and can offer no proof of direct involvement.)
Peer pressure doesn't really exist, since it's more so disabled students, overly-hormonal jocks, socially inept over-achievers and unmotivated stoners trying to live out a "conventional" college life-style. Yet, if you choose to abstain from partying, you will definitely feel bored and alienated, (especially during long weekends.)
The use of tobacco products is another huge issue on campus. Students consistently violate outdoor smoking policies, as they freely smoke across campus. Cigarettes are virtually an accepted form of currency at Mitchell, as a majority of students suffer from serious nicotine addictions. Even I, myself, being someone who had long declared refrain from such activities, have begun smoking cigarettes whilst here.
Thankfully, the abuse prescription medications and drugs like ecstasy and cocaine are less visible and frequent on campus.