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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 are illegal.

If someone is found to be in possession of or under the influence of drugs such as, for example, marijuana, hash, cocaine, or mushrooms, this is considered a criminal offence and may have serious consequences. This applies both during and outside of school hours.

It is also illegal to sell alcohol without a proper license.

Drink-driving or drunk driving, meaning driving with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of 0.02 per cent, is regarded as a crime in Sweden. If you are pulled over and the breathalyser indicates an alcohol level close to the legal limit, the police will likely take you to the police station to do a blood test.

Drunk driving – government.se

A designated driver is encouraged. Otherwise, there are always taxis, buses or trains, or you could bike – if you can do so safely – or walk home.

Also 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 used to.

Lund University guidelines and routines
around alcohol and drugs

Below is a summary of the document 'Alcohol and other drugs – common guidelines and procedures at Lund University'. 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 study or employment at Lund University. All employees and students have a responsibility to ensure these guidelines are applied at Lund University.

Purpose of the alcohol and other drugs policy

The purpose of the policy is to:

  • ensure an alcohol- and drug-free study and work 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 to prevent illness and disorder as a result of alcohol and drug use.

At Lund University, studying or working under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited. This also applies to allowing use of alcohol and drugs outside the studies or workplace impacting 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 studies/work should discuss this with the individual in private. Teachers have the responsibility to report about students they suspect may have a problem.

Students' responsibilities

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.

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.

See the student unions' contact details

Student Health Centre