Alcohol Awareness Week is a week of fun, education and raising awareness about alcohol usage plus giving students strategies to help reduce any harmful impacts. At the SU we want you to have a great time with your friends and enjoy our bars and LCR, but we know sometimes it can be easy to feel pressure to drink more than you want to or you can find that alcohol is getting in the way of your relationships or studies.
Myth: "Beer before wine or wine before beer?"
BUSTED! It is the amount of alcohol you consume that will affect how you feel, rather than the specific order of drinks.
Myth: "Coffee & water will sober me up at the end of the night!"
BUSTED! The only thing that will sober you up is simply giving it time to get out of your system. Water will help with the hangover the next day though so grab a glass before bed.
Myth: "Students at university get drunk all of the time."
BUSTED! Whilst some students choose to get drunk on occasions, only 9% of students intentionally get drunk more than once a week and a further 25% choose to not drink at all.
Myth: "Cocaine & alcohol cancel each other out!"
BUSTED! When you mix cocaine and alcohol, your body produces cocaethylene. This product is stronger than both cocaine and alcohol, and increases the risk of sudden death. Always check the interactions between the drugs you're mixing.
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We have partnered with SOS UK to find out student attitudes towards drugs and alcohol at university. We would like as many club and society members as possible to complete this survey to help us better understand the approach and support you would like us to take as a Union. Neither the Union nor UEA will be provided any personal or identifiable data collected as part of this survey.
We understand that sometimes people will experiment with substances and no amount of disparagement will stop this entirely; at which point, our primary focus is your wellbeing and making sure that you are safe. Taking drugs always carries a risk and can potentially be harmful.
If you choose to take drugs please bear in mind the following points:
You can find all this information in the document below:
A Night to Remember is the campaign which aims to
promote all the things clubs and societies can do which aren't alcohol-centred and avoid the
subsequent drinking culture universities can sometimes be associated with.
The campaign provides education on the impact of alcohol to your
health, plus practical ideas to help non-drinking students feel included at social events.
This isn’t us saying stop all socials involving alcohol, we’re just
encouraging you to make your socials inclusive and accessible to a wider range of students and take the
focus away from drinking and more towards just making sure your members can have a good time.
There are more events and activities that don't involve alcohol
than you might realise! Working in partnership with Do Something Different, here are just a few.
Check out our social media campaign for regular
updates throughout Alcohol Awareness Week 2022!