ALCOHOL

THE NHS RECOMMENDS:

Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day.

Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day.

That’s equal-ish to 1.5 pints of lager OR 1 large glass of wine OR 3 small measures of spirits.

 

People who regularly drink more than the recommended amount every day:

  • could be three times more likely to get mouth cancer or have a stroke
  • could be twice as likely to have high blood pressure
  • and women could be 50% more likely to get breast cancer

TRACK YOUR DRINKING

To work out if you are potentially drinking more than you should try the NHS drinking self-assessment or download the NHS app to your smart phone.

DRINKING AND DRIVING

THINK! is a road safety campaign run by the Department of Transport. Some of their information is available below.

Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. You risk a hefty fine, a minimum 12-month driving ban, up to 6 months in prison and a criminal record. By drinking and driving, you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road.

BEWARE THE MORNING AFTER
You could be over the legal limit many hours after your last drink, even if it’s the ‘morning after’. Sleep, coffee and cold showers don’t help get the alcohol out of your system – it takes time.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR DRINK DRIVING 
“I can handle my drink.” – Alcohol affects everybody’s driving for the worse. It creates a feeling of overconfidence, makes judging distance and speed more difficult and slows your reactions so it takes longer to stop.

“I’m only going down the road.” – A large proportion of drink drive crashes occur within three miles of the start of the journey.

IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO DRINK ALCOHOL, PLAN HOW TO GET HOME WITHOUT DRIVING

Options include agreeing on a designated driver, saving a taxi number to your phone, or finding out about public transport routes and times before you go out.

DON’T OFFER AN ALCOHOLIC DRINK TO SOMEONE DRIVING & DON’T ACCEPT A LIFT FROM A DRIVER WHO HAS BEEN DRINKING

You could end up like these guys… Video by Sixt rent a car drink driving awareness campaign.

 

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Last updated 03/01/17

Information correct at the time of publishing

 

DRUGS

Illegal drugs are responsible for over 1,000 deaths a year in the UK and mess up thousands of relationships, families and careers. That being said, many people end up in situations where they try them. The best thing you can do is be clued up, find out actual facts and look out for your mates.

HELP WITH DRUGS

Want more information or maybe you want to reduce or cut out your drug use. Whatever you need, talk to someone.

To speak to someone in confidence, get in touch with the University counselling service, your GP, Talk to Frank, Catalyst or Catch 22 (in Surrey) and there is always Nightline London open to students during the night in term time.

 

LEGAL HIGHS

Just because a drug is deemed ‘legal’, doesn’t mean it isn’t damaging. Alcohol is legal but is very damaging when taken in excess. Again it is about being clued up.

Most legal highs are only not illegal to possess and use because they haven’t been tested properly to be a classified substance. Taking them basically means you become a Guinea Pig.

Just because they are not banned to take or possess does not exclude them from medicines legislation and hefty punishments can be dished out for supplying.

 

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Drugs // Alcohol // Gambling // Eating Disorders // Depression // Anxiety

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Call 0800 111 4108

 

 

Last updated 27/06/17

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