This article provides information about resources and support for problematic alcohol consumption. See also the related article about concerns about drug use.
Drinking culture can sometimes seem to feature as part of student life, but drinking too much can affect your judgement and lead you into unsafe situations, as well as having long-term implications on your health. It can contribute to mental health difficulties like depression and anxiety, and can also lead to dependence and addiction. If you are concerned that alcohol is becoming a problem for you, or you would like support in cutting down, then there are lots of options for getting support.
It is advisable to consult your GP, especially if you are feeling persistently low, or if your difficulties are significantly affecting your daily functioning. It is also always advisable to let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties affecting your studies - they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support.
You could also make use of the following resources, available via the university, or other local agencies:
Student Wellbeing Service
The Student Wellbeing Service offers confidential help with a wide range of personal and emotional concerns, and is available to every student at the University free of charge.
The service has three strands: wellbeing advice, mental health advice and counselling. They are all linked together so when you apply you only have to approach us once – we will sort out which one is most likely to meet your needs. As well as one to one support we offer a programme of events, courses and workshops, online support and resources, and a weekly Wellbeing Café.
We can provide initial support in addressing alcohol dependence and addiction, and are experienced in helping students access specialist treatment for these and associated mental health issues.
To contact us or register for support see our article on accessing support from the Student Wellbeing Service. You can also use this registration process to request a place on most of our courses and workshops (subject to availability).
Students' Union Advice Centre
The Students' Union Advice Cen
Courses and workshops
The Student Wellbeing Service hosts a range of events, courses and workshops programme for learning skills to tackle common issues like stress, anxiety and low mood. Improving such skills might help address underlying issues contributing to problematic alcohol use, and/or unwanted psychological consequences.
For example, our popular From Stress to Success course helps you master skills for such as relaxation, communication and assertiveness, amongst other things. Consult our events, courses and workshops programme for more information and to see which one's are relevant to your concerns.
All students also have free access to a set of short online courses, called SilverCloud, to learn evidence-based strategies for tackling the common issues of stress, anxiety, depression and poor body image. These courses can be accessed confidentially and completed independently, in your own time and at your own pace. Find out more and register directly from the online resources article.
The University library has copies of the following books which could be useful:
If you would like to research more around the topic of alcohol problems, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following services and self help resources:
University of Portsmouth Student Wellbeing Service: