Drinking can be an enjoyable and harmless aspect of student life. If you are over 18 years old you are legally free to consume alcohol if you so choose. However, we have a duty of care to protect students from the harmful effects of excessive drinking.
If you are concerned about alcohol or drug use, there is support available to you at the University. You can speak to a member of our Student Welfare Team, who provide advice and support to students on personal difficulties.
- Be considerate, whether you are in halls or in private accommodation. Do not disturb your friends and neighbours or behave in such a way that could affect yours or others wellbeing and safety.
- Don't be pressurised into drinking or taking drugs. University isn't a 'one size fits all' experience; you don't have to do anything you don't want to do - know your own limits. If others do not respect your wishes, seek help.
- Be aware that many of our students come from cultures where alcohol is not consumed. Respect other religions and cultures.
There are a range of organisations available to help you:
- Downyourdrink.org.uk provide support for people with alcohol problems - confidential, free of charge and available 24/7
- Frank for friendly and confidential drugs advice. Call free on 0800 776600
- University Medical Practice: call 0118 987 4551
- NHS Choices - Drugs: Getting Help
- Reading Council Drug and Alcohol Survives
- Change, Grow, Live: call 0118 956 7441 for local addiction support
- Alcoholics Anonymous for help managing alcohol problems
- Al-Anon UK provide information for families and friends of alcoholics