Safe Drinking

More and more students are drinking less than ever before, and wanting more student experiences to enhance their academic interests (i.e. volunteering opportunities, alternative activities). So don’t ever feel under pressure to drink alcohol or be coerced into drinking to excess.

Drugs

It is possible that during your time at university you will be offered or witness other students doing drugs.

Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning

  • Confusion

  • Slurred speech

  • Loss of co-ordination

  • Vomiting

  • Irregular or slow breathing

  • Being conscious but unresponsive

  • Passing out and being unconscious

Few tips to stay safe:

  • It is perfectly okay not to drink.

  • Newcastle and the University have a range of activities on offer that don’t include alcohol.

  • Eat a decent meal before you drink.

  • Know your limits.

  • Watch your drink! Never leave your drink unattended to prevent spiking.

  • Make sure you have friends to go home with, and that you use a reliable taxi firm.

  • Look out for each other. If someone is too drunk take them home.

When to seek medical help

If you are at all concerned about a friend and suspect alcohol poisoning, dial 999 immediately to request an ambulance.

While you're waiting:

  • Try to keep them sitting up and awake

  • Give them water if they can drink it

  • Keep them warm

  • Stay with them

For more advice on the affects and symptoms of alcohol poisoning visit:

nhs.uk/conditions/alcohol-poisoning/

Drugs

It is possible that during your time at university you will be offered or witness other students doing drugs.It is possible that during your time at university you will be offered or witness other students doing drugs.

Don’t do anything that you don’t feel comfortable with!

If others are drinking and doing drugs but you don’t want to, remember that you can always say no.
 

If you or any of your friends are going to take drugs follow a few simple tips to stay safe:

  • Find out about drugs for yourself from a reliable source before you do anything.

  • Be careful how much you take, especially if it’s your first time.

  • Always know what you’re taking. Get testing kits at: https://wearetheloop.org/get-your-substance-tested

  • Make sure you’re with people you know and trust.

  • Know where you are and how to get home if you need to leave or get separated from friends.

  • If there is a medical emergency and you are your friends need medical attention, don’t lie to doctors or paramedics about what you or a friend has taken- they are there to help not judge.

 

 


For our support and advice, go to www.nusu.co.uk/welfare, or pop in to chat to your Welfare and Equality Officer.

Useful links for alcohol and drug advice:

 www.drinkaware.co.uk https://www.talktofrank.com/