If you're worried about your drinking or someone else's drinking you can always talk to someone at the University Health Centre, your GP, one of the SU Student Officers or the Student Counselling Service.
The government advises that people should not regularly drink more than the daily unit guidelines of 3-4 units of alcohol for men (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer) and 2-3 units of alcohol for women (equivalent to a 175 ml glass of wine). ‘Regularly’ means drinking every day or most days of the week.
Do you know the health effects of alcohol?
The NHS website contains a number of useful articles and resources under their Drinking and Alcohol section: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Alcoholhome.aspx
Drink Aware has lots of useful information about the short and long term effects of alcohol. Click here to visit their website and get a better understanding of your own drinking and to help you make a decision on whether it’s time to rethink your approach to alcohol.
Below are some interesting articles contained on their website:
ASCERT is a Northern Ireland based charity which provides services that address the impact of alcohol and drugs related issues that affect people's lives. Their website has a wealth of drug-related information, some of which includes:
- Drugs A-Z
- Drugs and Mental Health
- Drugs and alcohol phone App
- Taking the Lid Off – A Self Help Guide (opens as PDF)
FRANK offers friendly, confidential drugs advice and contains a variety of resources which may prove useful if you have any questions or concerns. Below are a few links from the website:
The PSNI have produced the below drug awareness leaflet to warn the community about the dangers of drug and substance abuse. It contains details of how different types of drugs can damage your health, and offers advice on how to spot signs of abuse in others:
- Don't let drugs hold you back from your full potential (opens as PDF)
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust have also made the following booklet available which looks at Cannabis use and provides additional information you may find helpful:
EB Drugs and Alcohol Network
The East Belfast Drug and Alcohol Network have some great resources on accessing support services and details of organisations that help with drug and alcohol use.