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:

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.