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Alcohol and Drugs

University life can introduce some students to drugs and alcohol. We offer advice on staying safe.

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We understand alcohol can play a part in university life for many students, and we want you to stay safe. We've put together this handy video, which highlights the risks of coercive drinking, excessive alcohol consumption and how ignoring signs of ill-health can have deadly consequences.

We've also created a module on Canvas that'll help you understand how excessive drinking can affect your university experience. You'll discover how it can negatively impact your health and social wellbeing.

We understand that sometimes initiations can centre around coercive drinking, and this can be dangerous to the point of being fatal. If you've seen or experienced a dangerous initiation, we offer help via Student Health and Wellbeing.

This video could save a life


Drug use has a lot of risks and dangers that you need to be aware of.

Our Drugs Policy details our approach to drug use and covers the impact it can have on your life, from your wellbeing and health to your academic success and career. You'll also find information on the support we can offer, whether for your own drug use or somebody else’s.

We've also put together some FAQs around drug misuse to give you advice, guidance and more information on how our policy applies.

We've put together a short animation that outlines the risks and impacts of drug use and includes guidance on staying safe and looking after others.

We offer an online module on Canvas, which gives you important knowledge about the dangers of drug use and how to reduce harm. It also signposts you to different forms of support if yours, or someone else's, drug use is impacting you.

Your Students' Union has a lot of great guidance on how to stay safe, drop-in services and other support and resources.