Many college students feel pressured to say yes and drink excessively or use drugs. However, there are plenty of students who go to parties and social events and don't drink or do drugs. Much of the problem starts with the people you choose to associate with. If you are always around people who are partying, drinking, and doing drugs, then you will always be pressured to take part. However, if you surround yourself with like-minded people, such as sober individuals, there will not be that pressure to drink and do drugs. People go to college and achieve personal growth and education, and it is time to have fun and socialize. Every college and university in Canada is different, and some do have a reputation for being a party school. If drug and alcohol use is a concern for you, choosing a school based on its current student life should be considered.
Once you get to college, pick the friends you want to hang around with, and do not be afraid to make your sobriety known at parties. If you are offered drugs or alcohol, simply say no and do not give in to the peer pressure. Unfortunately, this is what often happens, students feel obligated and want to fit in and will drink excessively and use drugs to accomplish this. Much of this is setting boundaries with the people you associate with and knowing you can say no and walk away. Most college and university campuses promote sobriety and have student groups who organize sober events. Going to college is not all about partying, drinking, and experimenting with drugs. You will not necessarily avoid it 100%, but you can take responsibility for not putting yourself in situations where you are always exposed to it.