Alcohol warning to Sheffield Hallam students

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STUDENTS at Sheffield Hallam University have been named and shamed in a league table of the booziest undergraduates in the UK.

The Students and Alcohol Survey 2012 ranked Hallam fifth in the table, saying its students are drinking an average of 24.5 units of alcohol a week.

The Government’s recommended safe limit is 21 units for men and 14 for women.

Dr Olawale Lagundoye, clinical director for substance misuse services at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, said he was concerned about the figures.

He said: “We need to take these statistics seriously and be aware of what this means in terms of drinking culture.

“A binge pattern of drinking is likely to contribute to increased consumption of alcohol in the student population.

“Binge drinking puts students at significant harm, such as experiencing memory difficulties, having unplanned sex and being victims of assaults or incidents.

“Students in particular, who are at a formative stage in life, should be made aware of the potential consequences and supported in taking preventative steps.

“We have been involved in a number of campaigns over the years, working with students’ unions to promote safe drinking and offer advice and information.

“There has also been a treaty across pubs in the city to act responsibly in terms of selling alcohol and we have recently started working with the police on a scheme to offer alcohol awareness advice to people found dangerously intoxicated.

“I would encourage anyone concerned about their own, or someone else’s drinking, to get in touch with us for advice on 0114 305 0500. The sooner they seek help, the better the outcome.” – a website which promotes student offers – spoke to 1,994 students at 74 universities.

Sheffield University was 39th, with students consuming an average of 18.6 units a week.

Helen Francis, president of Hallam’s students’ union, said: “We care about how much fun our students are having, but we also want to ensure they stay safe.

“Each year, we run a ‘Think Safe, Drink Safe’ campaign which encourages our students to act safely and responsibly.”

She said the union had won Best Bar None awards for the past three years, a scheme aimed at promoting responsible operation of premises.

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