Worried about alcohol?
If you’re worried about your drinking or that of someone close to you, you could:
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 NHS pages on alcohol have loads of advice and information to encourage more healthy drinking practices. They even have tips on how to avoid hangovers (just in case...). You can also speak to a Just Ask adviser if you are worried about alcohol affecting your studies.
To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week. This applies to men and women.
If you regularly drink this much, then try to spread it out over a few days, but also have several drink-free days each week.
For a precise guide to how much you’re drinking, we suggest using this unit calculator.
Drinking more than 6 units in one go poses a much bigger risk to your health. Anything over this 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:
For more information about the problems that can arise from being drunk in public, have a look at the Going Out section of our website.
Worried about drugs?
If you’re worried about the effect of drugs on you or someone close to you, you could:
We would never encourage anyone to do anything illegal. But, if you are going to use drugs, we’d prefer you to know the facts.
There are ways to minimise the short-term risks of taking drugs:
You can try to prepare for how a particular drug will affect you by understanding what different drugs do. However, bear in mind that:
The FRANK website has an A-Z list of drugs and their common effects. It also has real people giving their real opinions of what it’s like to take drugs.