Alcohol & Finances

Drinking alcohol can impact your finances during your college experience. Even if you don’t feel like alcohol is costing that much, it is important for you to realize how direct and/or indirect costs of alcohol may play into your finances.

Especially if you are going out to clubs and bars, there is a price tag for every version of a night out. Some of these expenses include transportation costs like your Lyft/Uber to and from the bar.  Drinks and food costs might include dinner, a late-night meal, and even food for the morning after if you lack the energy to make breakfast. Over time these purchases may consume your bank account and impact your financial goals. It is important to stay in control of your finances and set a realistic budget.

 For a list of average Atlanta expenses associated with a night out see below1:

  • Average cost of a late night fast food combo - $7
  • Average Uber/Lyft cost (5miles) - $12-$20
  • Average cost of one cocktail - $11
  • Average cost of one beer - $6
  • Average cup of coffee - $5

Get Smart

Party Smarter

Learn how to be safe if you choose to drink including how to keep your party smart, what a standard drink is, and signs of alcohol poisoning.


Learn more about typical drinking behaviors on campus and across the country. 

Policies & Initiatives

Learn more about Georgia Tech policies related to alcohol and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Action Committee.


  • Wreckless (student organization) - provides school spirit and fun events on campus by challenging the campus culture in providing a safe alternative to the typical Georgia Tech party scene
  • Office of Student Integrity (OSI) - teaches students to make strong, integrity-filled choices and to provide a clear and fair conduct process
  • Office of the Dean of Students  - provides an opportunity to get involved on campus, learn about what’s going on around campus, and to create a great network of friends, as well as support during difficult times
  •  Counseling Center - home to the Collegiate Recovery Program, free and confidential individual and group counseling, and the many ways they can support you in relation to alcohol.