We know that drinking can be an enjoyable part of university life, and we want to help you make informed choices when it comes to alcohol.
Our Be A Mate campaign supports you with information on how to be a little more mindful about your own alcohol consumption, as well as showing how you can Be A Mate to your friends.
Here are our top tips to help you cut back and enjoy drinking responsibly at home:
- Set joint ‘drink free’ days with your friends our housemates.
- If you are drinking to cope with stress, try some creative ways to cope, without alcohol.
- Find other fun things to do that don’t involve alcohol – you can start with our Get Together, Apart events programme.
- When you buy alcohol, try to buy it in small, measured amounts.
- Try other drinks to mix it up – mocktails are a good option and something you can do with your housemates. Not going out at the moment means you have an incredible amount of choice of alcohol-free drinks, so start experimenting and find some things you really enjoy.
- Have dinner or eat together with friends before drinking. Eating carbohydrate-rich food in particular may help slow the rate your body absorbs alcohol.
- Agree with your housemates or friends on a time to stop drinking – this can be even more important at home.
- Measure your drinks – if you don’t have a shot glass or measure, one shot (25ml) is about 3 tablespoons.
Top ‘Be A Mate’ tips:
- Don’t let a friend overdo it. Speak to your friend if they seem to be getting ahead of the pace, away from others if you can.
- Encourage your friends to drink water or soft drinks if they seem like they need it.
- Let your friends know your ‘drinking limits’ - tell them how much you want to drink, or when you don’t want to drink any more.
- You should never feel pressured - or pressure others – to drink. You could end up drinking more than you wanted. Keep to your own pace.