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Alcohol and drug policy

Swedish laws and culture around
alcohol and drugs

Students should be aware that tobacco and alcohol are the only legal drugs in Sweden if you are of age to consume them. All other drugs including marijuana, hash, cocaine, mushrooms or others are illegal! If one is found in possession of or under the influence of such drugs (in or out of school hours), it is a criminal offence and may have serious consequences. It is also illegal to sell alcohol without a proper license.

Drinking and driving is strictly regulated. Drivers are only allowed to have a blood alcohol level under 0.2 parts per thousand. If you are pulled over and the breathalyser is close to this level, the police will likely take you to the police station to do a blood test to be sure you are not over. Drunken driving in Sweden is not taken lightly. A designated driver is encouraged. Otherwise, there are always taxis, busses, bikes or use your feet to walk home.

It is also important to note that the drug culture in Sweden is not prevalent or common. Many Swedes have never tried drugs other than tobacco or alcohol and the attitude towards other drugs is also stricter than you may be use to.

Lund University guidelines and routines
for alcohol and drugs

Below is a summary of the document Lund University Guidelines and Routines Regarding Alcohol and Other Drugs. If you have questions about the information below, please refer to the full document under 'related documents'.

Illegal and unauthorised handling and use of narcotic and doping classified substances is not compatible with employment or study at Lund University. All employees and students have a responsibility to ensure these guidelines are applied at Lund University.

The purpose of the Lund University guidelines on alcohol and other drugs is to:

  • Ensure an alcohol- and drug-free work and study environment
  • Prevent alcohol- and drug-related accidents
  • Prevent poor performance by employees or students as a result of consumption of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Identify and take measures to address problems at an early stage, thus preventing illness and maladjustment as a result of alcohol and drug use

At Lund University, working or studying under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited, as is allowing use of alcohol and drugs outside the workplace or studies to have an impact on efficiency, safety or the comfort of others at work. Every head of department or equivalent manager who has reason to suspect or who knows that an employee or student has problems that are having a negative impact on his or her work/studies should discuss this with the individual in private. Teachers have the responsibility to report about students they suspect may have a problem.

It is the responsibility of Lund University students to:

  • manage their alcohol consumption so that it does not have a negative impact on their studies, safety or the work environment
  • be alert to whether a fellow student has a problem with alcohol and/or drugs

We do not expect that any of you will have a problem with this, but we wish to inform you about these policies in any case. If needed, you should turn to the student unions or to the Student Health Centre for help or a referral, whether it be for yourself or a classmate.