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If you’re worried about alcohol

If you’re worried about your drinking or that of someone close to you, you could:

  • call Drinkline, the national alcohol helpline, on 0800 917 8282. It’s free and confidential
  • speak to your GP
  • chat to a Just Ask adviser
  • visit the Student Counselling website self help pages on alcohol, drugs and addiction

Most students will probably have at least one alcoholic drink whilst at University. But whether you are teetotal, a fan of the occasional spritzer, or a self-confessed party animal:  it’s important to know the facts so that you make informed choices!

The Ministry of Cheer is a really great website, with loads of advice and information to encourage more healthy drinking practices. They even have tips on how to beat hangovers (just in case...). You can also speak to a Just Ask adviser if you are worried about any issues around alcohol.

How Much?

The recommended safe limits are:

  • for men: 21 units of alcohol per week (and no more than 4 units in any one day)
  • for women: 14 units of alcohol per week (and no more than 3 units in any one day)

For a precise guide to how much you’re drinking, we suggest using this unit calculator.

Drinking more than 6 units in one go if you are a woman and more than 10 if you are a man poses a much bigger risk to your health. Anything over those amounts is classed as “binge drinking”. Studies have shown that those who drink a lot in their teens and early 20s are up to twice as likely to be binge drinking 25 years later.

Some problems with binge drinking:

  • heightened emotions – even the most trivial event or problem can become a massive problem when you’re drunk: cue arguments/tears in the toilets/ telling strangers you love them/starting fights
  • your body doesn’t like it – being sick or incontinent (or worse...) is just not nice
  • loss of inhibitions – if this leads to your behaving in a way you wouldn’t normally, you’ll regret it in the morning

For more information about the problems that can arise from being drunk in public, have a look at the crime section of our website.