Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Drinking alcohol is often seen as a part of British culture but can pose a threat to health when consumed in quantities which are above the recommended guidelines. Over-indulgence can lead to physical, social and psychological health problems. The UK also has a higher prevalence of substance misuse than any other country in Europe. This is important because the problem use of illicit or prescription-drugs carries many serious health risks.
The following Information Sheet provides guidance for Colleges, Professional Services, Staff and others on what may constitute a Safety Critical Role at the University, and actions they can take regarding the consumption of alcohol:
Please find below various sources of information regarding substance and alcohol misuse and the types of support provided at the University for those staff who feel they may have a problem and need help:
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Pathways to Health - Drinking Sensibly
- Confidential Counselling
- Alcohol and Drugs at Work - HSE
- NHS Wales - Alcohol
- NHS Wales - Drug Misuse
Locally, the charitable organisation CAIS helps people who are having problems with addictions, mental health, personal development and employment – as well as offering assistance and information to their families and friends.