Let’s be honest, university, for many, is a hotbed for alcohol consumption. For lot's of those who enjoy a drink at university, it's just that, an enjoyable experience; social drinks with friends in bars and clubs can allow you to have a fun packed night out. BUT with all good things come their limitations and for some, drinking to excess leads to disorientation, lowered inhibitions, awful hangovers and, in extreme cases, dependence.
Do I have a problem?
This is a question only you can answer. However, if you are at all worried, there are ways you can address your concern. The Counsellors are available to talk to, but if you want to find out some info privately, try calling Alcoholics Anonymous (24 hour helpline 0845 769 7555). There is also the option of speaking to Drinkline - If you're worried about drinking, whether it's your own habit or someone else's. If you are struggling and don’t know where to turn the Students’ Union officers can help, and want to. Healthcare professionals are at a much greater risk of suffering from alcohol related problems, and healthcare students are no exception so don't worry away in silence.
Illegal drugs are illegal! The use of illicit substances is strictly forbidden within the medical school. You using them can jeopardise the Bar, Students’ Union, and all things that you will hold close to your hearts over your time at Georges. Use on School premises can lead to a life time ban from the Students’ Union facilities and possible involvement of the authorities.
The Institution regards the use or dealing of drugs as a possible reason for expulsion from your course. Having said this, they are willing to advise and support any student who seeks help for their substance abuse. If you ever find yourself needing help, do not hesitate to seek it - the counsellors can advise you, as can occupational health so that you can find a way to resolve your problems.
Often considered a ‘safe’ drug in the past, the dangers of cannabis are becoming clearer over time, and it has been shown that there is a significant link with its use and the onset of psychosis. If you or someone you know does use this drug, keep an eye out and be careful.
The best advice, if you must use drugs, Do not bring them anywhere near the medical school.
Certainly the student union has no desire to dictate to its members how they should conduct their lives in private. You are all highly intelligent adults.
The Students’ Union does not want to patronise you by telling you everything you (hopefully) already know about the dangers of drug taking etc. Make your own choices. Never allow yourself to be pressured into anything and if you do choose to use, make sure you know the score.
Alternatively for friendly, confidential advice you can talk to FRANK .