At UEASU we want to create an environment that is not about stopping students drinking, but is focused on creating an environment that's open to everyone, where no one feels pressured into drinking more than they're comfortable with and everyone can have a good, safe night out. In line with this, we're working in partnership with the University towards ‘The Alcohol Impact Award’ which will be awarded if we achieve in creating this environment for our members.
When you’re out in one of our venues, look out for the Alcohol Impact Crew in their bright orange tops. They are there to help you if you need it and run a safe space in the Hive, whether you need help or just want a chat. On club nights you can call them on 07754 975636.
There is often a perception that students drink heavily all the time, but the picture is far more varied and nuanced than that. At UEA, 73% of students do not think you need to get drunk to have a good night out and around 1/3 of students drink less than once a week. There's also a general agreement among students that drinking too much can ruin a night out – with 72% of students saying that they don't enjoy socialising with people who get too drunk and ruin the night. 1/3 of students surveyed also took measures to avoid getting too drunk – alternating drinks with water, avoiding shots, turning down drinks from friends and avoiding drinking too much at pre-drinks.
These statistics demonstrate that a good proportion of students are aware of and responsible with their drinking habits, but we want to work to make sure that everyone knows their limits and has a great night out – whether they like to drink or not.