Drinking can be an enjoyable and harmless feature of student life.
The vast majority of students are over 18 years old and therefore you are legally free to consume alcohol if you so choose. However, we have a duty of care for all our students and want to try to protect you from the harmful effects of excessive alcohol consumption.
When it comes to drugs, we take a zero tolerance approach. It is a criminal offence to take, possess, manufacture or sell illegal drugs.
Good advice to follow
- 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.
IRiS are the drug and alcohol treatment provider for Reading. If you are concerned about how substance use is affecting you or a friend, then come to their drop-in sessions for a safe, confidential chat. These are run within the RUSU Advice Service - visit their website for details.There are a range of other 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