University joins scheme to tackle binge drinking

University joins scheme to tackle binge drinking

University joins scheme to tackle binge drinking

First published in News by , Health reporter

A radical new project has been designed to tackle the culture of binge drinking at universities.

The University of Brighton is one of seven around the country taking part in a one-year pilot scheme to encourage responsible drinking among students.

It is being run by the Home Office in partnership with the National Union of Students.

The universities are hoping to gain accreditation under the NUS Alcohol Impact Scheme for their work in promoting responsible alcohol policy and practice.

They will aim to reduce alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder and work to stop students from developing health problems or injuries.

Accreditation will be awarded to universities which meet a set of criteria committing them to actions such as preventing alcohol-related initiation ceremonies, tackling student participation in pub crawls and monitoring antisocial behaviour.

Responsible drinking communications campaigns, formal training for university staff on alcohol’s harms and developing social alternatives to licensed premises are also among the targets.

Government crime prevention minister and Lewes MP Norman Baker said: “Binge drinking at universities is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Some students find themselves encouraged to participate in alcohol- fuelled activities which can damage health and in some cases spill over into disorder and antisocial behaviour.

“Accreditation should become a badge of honour for universities and another factor which helps promote their world class teaching and research to prospective domestic and international students.”

Brighton University vice-chancellor Julian Crampton said: “Drinking to excess is an extremely serious issue. It touches the lives of many individuals and families, and impacts on the work of hospitals, emergency services and society as a whole.

“Students work extremely hard to gain their qualifications and will always want time out to relax and to enjoy themselves.

“We and other universities work closely with students to ensure they are fully informed about issues surrounding excessive drinking and we offer them advice and support.

“The majority of students act sensibly but anything that reinforces the message of responsible drinking is something we would encourage.”

NUS vice-president Colum McGuire said: “The project is an extremely positive one that has the welfare of students at its core.”

The NUS will monitor the success of the scheme through detailed surveys comparing student experiences of crime and disorder, as well as tracking crime rates.

A survey of university students in Brighton and Sussex carried out during 2012/3 revealed 72% had drunk alcohol in the last seven days while half sometimes drank deliberately to get drunk.

Brighton and Hove has one of the highest levels of admissions to hospital for drink-related problems in the south east.

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7:31am Wed 28 May 14

We love Red Billy says...

Could they arrange to clean up all the puke their students leave as a thank you for living in our city?
Could they arrange to clean up all the puke their students leave as a thank you for living in our city? We love Red Billy
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8:09am Wed 28 May 14

Alison Smith says...

I wonder how the students pay for all the alcohol, when we are led to believe how hard up they are these days?
I wonder how the students pay for all the alcohol, when we are led to believe how hard up they are these days? Alison Smith
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1:05pm Wed 28 May 14

Fairfax Aches says...

Turn the hoses on them all!
Turn the hoses on them all! Fairfax Aches
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3:02am Sat 31 May 14

Mr chock says...

We love Red Billy wrote:
Could they arrange to clean up all the puke their students leave as a thank you for living in our city?
maybe thats the next argus campaign ? the big beach clean up updates seem to have vanished did you see how little they collected this year ? apparently they arrived at 10 am and brighton council routinely cleans it early mornings ..
[quote][p][bold]We love Red Billy[/bold] wrote: Could they arrange to clean up all the puke their students leave as a thank you for living in our city?[/p][/quote]maybe thats the next argus campaign ? the big beach clean up updates seem to have vanished did you see how little they collected this year ? apparently they arrived at 10 am and brighton council routinely cleans it early mornings .. Mr chock
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