Drugs AND Alcohol
Many people enjoy alcohol on a social level and not all drinking is harmful. However, alcohol use can have its downsides and excessive use can impact on our physical health, personal safety, mental health, work, study, friendships and relationships.
Alcohol and the student experience
In a recent study, 82% of Hull University students surveyed stated that getting drunk was part of the student experience. In addition to this 55% of those surveyed admitted to not remembering the night before; 39% injured themselves whilst drinking and 23% regretted decisions to engage in sexual behaviour whilst intoxicated (NUS 2015).
How much are you drinking?
Alcohol use is measured in units, which equates to 8g of pure alcohol. Basically, the higher the strength of alcohol (the ABV %), and the more volume you drink, the greater the number of units. Recently revised guidelines from the Department of Health recommend that we should not regularly consume more than 14 units a week.
Find out how much you're drinking using Drink Aware's unit calculator.
Alcohol and health
We often hear the term “drowning your sorrows” in relation to using alcohol to cope with depression or low moods. However, as a central nervous system depressant, alcohol can actually exacerbate depression. Certainly drinking when feeling depressed is more likely to exacerbate your existing mood, rather than relieve it.
Not only does alcohol have mental health effects, but physical too. People with certain health issues may need to take extra care when drinking. Alcohol can lower the brains threshold for epileptic seizures as well as being high in sugar content impacting on the blood sugar levels of people with Diabetes.
Alcohol can often be a contributing factor to lack of sleep and insomia. Find out all about alcohol effects on sleep.
ReNew community drug and alcohol service
If you have concerns about drug use the ReNew team can help, discuss and talk about next steps with you in a secure and confidential environment.
ReNew provide an end to end service to support adults within Hull who may have an alcohol or drug issue or who are a family member/significant other of those with a drug and or alcohol issue.
The team are on site and available each Tuesday from 10am - 4pm. Appointments can be made in advance by calling 0800 161 5700