Alcohol & Drug Awareness

Alcohol Misuse

Every year students get in trouble and put themselves in dangerous situations because of alcohol misuse, alongside all of the health issues excessive consumption can cause. Alcohol can be a big issue among students, as many students don't fully realise just how much they are consuming.

When drinking, make sure you pace yourself and be wary of drink spiking. Never leave your drink out of your sight and if you do, buy another one - it's much better than getting spiked. When going out, make sure a friend or someone you can trust is with you. They can help get you home if something goes wrong. Make sure you stay well away from rivers and canals, they can be very dangerous and accidents have happened in the past.

For more info and advice on alcohol and alcohol misuse, visit Drink Aware.


It’s important to be aware of the dangers associated with taking drugs so that you can make informed choices about the way you live and looking after yourself. Any drugs or type of ‘legal high’ is banned across campus. Possession of most recreational drugs or psychoactive substances is illegal in the United Kingdom and can result in a fine or prison sentence.

All illicit drugs are banned across campus, this includes non-exhaustively Cannabis, Cocaine and Ecstasy. ResLife have no a strict zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and the University undertakes random checks using canine detection support services. Students in the past have been caught with these substances and were consequently expelled from halls. Aside from being expelled from your hall, academic disciplinary action will also be taken against you. It happens every year - don’t let it be you.

Legal highs or New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) can have very harmful effects and are seen to be worse than illegal drugs in many cases. They are poorly manufactured chemicals designed to be similar to illegal drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy, but with a structural difference to avoid being controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act. This means you can’t be sure what you’re taking and doctors often struggle to treat people who fall ill after consuming NPS. Be aware that none of these drugs have been properly tested to see how toxic they are to humans, so the short-term and long-term effects on health are unknown.

The use of 'legal highs' is banned across campus, this includes laughing gas (NOS). Any parcels thought to be containing Nitrous Oxide will be seized by reception.

Information and support on drugs can be found at: Frank and Change Grow Live.