So the Brigham Young University senior is proud his school has retained its rank as the nation's top "stone cold sober school."
Rust can appreciate another kudo for BYU as well.
This year, the Provo school owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also ranked as having the "most religious students," according to the latest Princeton Review survey.
"Being stone cold sober and the most religious mean BYU has a family atmosphere," the father of a 3-month-old daughter said.
Rust says his involvement in the arts allows him to get a different kind of high.
"We're drunk on life," added sophomore Ellen Bryan of Florida. "You don't have to be drunk to have fun."
BYU's rankings and those of other colleges and universities are in the 2006 edition of The Princeton Review's "The Best 361 Colleges," which hit bookstores this week. The report evaluates lifestyles on college campuses, ranking schools for their partying atmospheres, fraternity and sorority scenes and fan support for sports teams.
The survey is based on responses from more than 110,000 students at campuses across the country, the report said. A school's appearance on a ranking list does not reflect the The Princeton Review's opinion of the college.
The New York City-based Princeton Review company - known for its test-prep courses, education services and books - has conducted the annual survey since 1992. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.
BYU welcomes and continues to have fun with the Princeton survey, said spokeswoman Carri Jenkins, noting the Provo school also got kudos for "best quality of life," "students praying on a regular basis" and "got milk?"
"We have always emphasized that we want students to come here because they choose the BYU environment," she said. "The Princeton Review reflects that attitude. It's an accurate portrayal of our student body."
BYU senior Anthony Strike concurred.
The 23-year-old business-communication major from Cincinnati said part of BYU's draw is its "sober" students.
"Students here don't have to worry about their lifestyle choices being challenged by their peers," Strike said. "I am proud to go to a school that gets that ranking."
Freshman Sarah Connelly guesses the sober ranking is a good thing. "We got Jamba Juice. . . .We will actually remember our college years, unlike some of my friends that don't go to BYU."
But sophomore Scott Clark said students who grew up as members of the LDS Church often were in the minority for not drinking alcoholic beverages. "Now we're here [a majority at BYU] and it's kind of weird because there's nothing to distinguish us."
Lifestyle issues on U.S. campuses
The Princeton Review surveyed 110,000 students on ranked colleges on lifestyle issues. Some of its choices:
l Toughest college to get into: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
l Most beautiful campus: Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.
l Best college library: Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.
l Best college newspaper: University of Arizona, Tucson.
l Happiest students overall: Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
l Students lean most to political left: Mills College, Oakland, Calif.
l Students lean most to political right: Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich.
l Friendliest race/class relations: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.
l Most accepted gay community: New College of Florida, Sarasota.