- Let your friends and family know that you're trying to cut down so that they don't pressure you into drinking more
- Drink smaller measures or alternate with non-alcoholic drinks
- Set a limit for how much you'll spend on alcohol, or only take a certain amount of cash out (but make sure you still have enough for a taxi home)
- Have a pint of water before you start drinking and don't pre-drink - it'll only cut your night short if you're too drunk to get into the club
- Avoid drinking every day - aim for at least two alcohol-free days a week
- Try keeping a record of how much you drink. Apps like DrinkAware can track how much money you've saved - and the number of calories you've cut - by not drinking
If you need to talk in confidence to someone, you can make a confidential appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01482 462222.
We also work closely with Renew, the local community drug and alcohol service. You can self-refer to Renew or ask one us to make a referral on your behalf. Renew’s practitioners can meet students at the Central Hub.
Top tips for wellbeing:
1. Don’t keep it to yourself!
Don’t bottle up your worries, talk about your feelings with friends, family, or your academic support tutor.
2. It’s all about balance!
Develop a timetable that balances study with social activities and time to relax. Keeping up with your hobbies and connecting with others are all important elements of good wellbeing
3. Stay connected!
You’ll be meeting lots of new people and making new friends, but holding on to the connections we have with people who care and know us well is really important
3. Don’t compare yourself!
You are unique and your journey through University is unique. Don’t spend energy on comparing yourself to others. It might seem that everyone else is managing brilliantly, but everyone is on their own journey and will experience their own challenges along the way. Accept yourself for the amazing person you are and be proud of your achievements!
4. Stay engaged!
Being engaged with your course and your department and having a sense of purpose will helps you to maintain positive wellbeing. Attend your lectures, look for other opportunities to get involved with your department and remember find your passion.