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Alcohol Awareness Week: Eva's Blog

Monday 11 November 2019 Welfare and Student Rights

Alcohol Awareness Week on 11-17 November.

Results from the research carried out by NUS into student’s relationship with alcohol showed that before going to university almost half of young people believed that students got drunk most of the time. When in reality only 6% of students surveyed stated they drink more than 4 days a week and 21% of students choose not to drink at all. However, even with the recent positive trends in reduced alcohol consumption, 41% of students surveyed stated they took risks with their personal safety when drinking, 28% injured themselves when drinking and 17% regretted a decision to engage in sexual activity. 


Alcohol Awareness week running from 11th – 17th November is a chance to get thinking and talking about alcohol, to motivate change at every level – individual, community and national. This year the theme is Alcohol and Me, it’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more.


At NUS we believe it isn't about getting students to stop drinking. It's about creating a more positive culture of responsible drinking.


Through our Alcohol Impact Accreditation, we encourage student unions’ and universities to implement change to embed social norms of responsible drinking on our campuses, changing attitudes towards alcohol, and building healthier, safer, more productive student communities. Alcohol Impact is about challenging cultures on campuses which normalise excessive drinking and can sometimes become exclusive to students that don’t wish to take part. It’s about practical things like providing safer transport links, creating alcohol-free social spaces, reducing anti-social behaviour and developing community cohesion with local residents.


For more information about Alcohol Awareness week or tips to cut down please visit Alcohol Change UK