Alcohol advice and support
Read our advice on enjoying alcohol responsibly and where to seek get support if you need it.
If you choose to drink alcohol, doing so responsibly can be an enjoyable aspect part of student life. Our advice is to drink sensibly to prevent the potentially harmful effects of excessive drinking on your body, relationships and studies.
You should never feel pressured to drink if you don’t want to. It’s your choice. You should also be respectful of fellow students who choose not to consume alcohol and mindful not to disturb flatmates or neighbours.
Knowing when to stop and letting your friends know when they need to stop can be a good way to protect yourself and your friends. Our Be a Mate campaign aims to support you to look out for one another when drinking. Find out more.
How much is too much?
The NHS recommends adults should consume no more than 14 ‘units’ of alcohol per week on a regular basis to keep health risks to a low level.
Download an infographic showing alcohol units for popular drinks.
|Type of drink||Number of alcohol units|
|Single small shot of spirits (25ml, ABV* 40%)||1 unit|
| Alcopop (275ml, ABV 5.5%)
| Small glass of wine (125ml, ABV 12%)
| Standard glass of wine (175ml, ABV 12%)
| Large glass of wine (250ml, ABV 12%)
| Bottle of lager/beer/cider (330ml, ABV 5%)
| Can of lager/beer/cider (440ml, ABV 5.5%)
| Pint of lower strength lager/beer/cider (ABV 3.6%)
| Pint of higher strength lager/beer/cider (ABV 5.2%)
*AVB = Alcohol by Volume. This is used to measure the alcohol content in different alcoholic drinks.
Please see our Drugs & Alcohol Policy.
How can I stay below the recommended guidelines?
Here are our tips for cutting down your alcohol intake before and during a night out:
- When pouring spirits at home, use a lined glass or standard shot glass to measure your portion
- Keep track of how many units you’re drinking and set aside specific ‘drink free days’ each week
- Consider swapping your usual drink for a smaller or lower strength option
- Remember you don’t have to take part in every round - it’s ok to get a drink just for yourself or miss rounds
- Try an alcohol-free beer or 0% spirit (available in most supermarkets and at many of our bars on campus)
- Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks while out
Where can I find support?
If you are concerned about how much you’re drinking, or worried for a friend, contact our Student Welfare Team who will be able to provide further advice about where to access specific support.
You can also make an appointment with your GP for medical advice. It’s important to be honest with them about how much you’re regularly drinking so work out your average weekly unit intake to share with them.
RUSU’s Advice Service also offer free and confidential support for all students.