Drugs and Alcohol

Prescription Medication

There are different laws governing certain prescription medications. Sometimes substances that are legal in the U.S. can be illegal abroad. Check with International SOS to verify whether your prescription is permitted in the destination country. If not, consult with your physician.

Alcohol & Drug Use

Drug use is not advised at any time. The United States Embassy will not assist if an arrest is made because of illegal substances.

Alcohol consumption and alcohol content can vary from country to country. In some locations, the consumption of alcohol is not permitted. Be aware of any religious holidays, cultural norms, and laws about alcohol consumption. Some areas may not permit women drinking in public.

Make yourself aware of the cultural norms when it comes to alcohol consumption. Ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do people have just one pint with dinner or out with friends? 
  • Is it the norm to become intoxicated while at a pub or dance hall? 
  • How is public intoxication or public consumption viewed in your host country? 
  • For more information about alcohol abroad, please see the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking

If consuming alcohol, do so responsibly. Have a designated driver and/or a friend who will remain sober for the evening. Drinks should never be left unattended. If walking through a crowd with a drink, keep your hand over the top.