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NUS launches Alcohol Impact

Wednesday 28 May 2014 Welfare and Student Rights

NUS is proud to have launched Alcohol Impact at the University of Brighton this week, with crime prevention minister Norman Baker and vice president for welfare Colum McGuire.

Alcohol Impact is a new accreditation initiative which works with students’ unions to promote a responsible drinking culture on campuses across the UK. Funded by the Home Office, we’re working with seven institutions in our first year, with the hope to expanding it in the future.

Based on our success in behaviour change with schemes like Green Impact, Alcohol Impact sees institutions work through a series of criteria to help create a culture of responsible drinking among students on campuses. If successful, they’ll receive an accreditation mark to signal their commitment to responsible drinking.

Norman Baker spoke on why NUS was delivering this project, as well as outlining a vision for what he wanted to see Alcohol Impact achieving.

Colum was equally excited to launch the project, calling it “an extremely positive one that has the welfare of students at its core, with a range of benefits from reducing crime and disorder, to improving student health and academic outcomes, and enhancing partnerships within local communities”.

Over the coming months, we’re excited to tell you more about how responsible consumption is being promoted across our movement, making huge wins for student welfare on campuses in the UK.

Talk to us about Alcohol Impact.