Drugs and Alcohol awareness

Drugs and Alcohol have the potential to cause harm both physically, socially and impact on your academic studies.

The University is concerned about the wellbeing of its students. Students are reminded that it is a criminal offence to take, possess, manufacture or sell illegal drugs.  Students should be aware of the impact that drugs may have on their health, academic and personal life. It is strongly recommended that any student experiencing drug-related issues should seek help.

The vast majority of students are over 18 years old and therefore legally free to consume alcohol. Whilst the University recognises that drinking can be an enjoyable and harmless feature of student life students should be aware that excessive alcohol consumption can have harmful effects.  Any student who feels they are forming a dependency upon alcohol should also seek help. 

If you are coping with a drug or alcohol problem or are worried about a friend, there are support services within the University that you can contact for information and advice.

You can speak to a doctor at the Student Health Services or your GP.

Make an appointment with a Student Wellbeing Advisor.

Contact a Student Guidance Advisor.

If you are concerned about a friend click here for more information about what support is available for you and your friend.

How ever you choose to spend your time it is important for you to know the facts about drugs and alcohol which can help you make choices. The links below give you details about organisations which can give you information and support on drugs and alcohol.


NHS Choices - Drug Addiction
If you have a problem with drugs or are concerned about someone who has the NHS Choices - Drug Addiction web page has information about how to get help. 
One Recovery Staffordshire
Led by Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS), One Recovery is an innovative substance misuse partnership. One Recovery Staffordshire is supported by North Staffordshire NHS Combined Healthcare Trust, Changes, Brighter Futures and Arch Housing. For more information about this service click here.

Narcotics Anonymous UK
Narcotics Anonymous UK hold meetings locally and membership is open to anyone with a drug problem who is seeking help, regardless of what drug or combination of drugs have been used, and irrespective of age, sex, religion, race, creed or class. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs.

Just one Shot
The 'Just one Shot' website has been designed especially for young people, on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT).

FRANK is a friendly, confidential drugs advice service aimed at under 19's only and is aimed at those who want support to make positive changes around their involvement with substance misuse.

NHS Choices - Alcohol
For information on identifying whether you have a problem with drinking, or if you are concerned about someone who has you should visit the NHS Alcohol Support web page.

Alcoholics Anonymous (Great Britain)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership, for details of meetings across the area click here, alternatively for details of the meeting which is held nearest to the University click here.

The Drinkaware Trust is an independent UK-wide alcohol education charity. The Trust is governed independently and works in partnership with others to help reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking. Drinkaware includes information and advice for University students about how to stay safe if drinking alcohol.

Please note that Staffordshire University is not responsible for the quality, accuracy or effectiveness of the services, information or advice provided by organisations external to the University.