Alcohol Awareness Week
November 15th - 21st 2021
We know that for many students, alcohol is a big part of the student experience and university life. However, for many this can also bring its own challenges. As part of a wider harm-reduction campaign we are currently working on, we want to use this week to offer some activities and information about alcohol and its challenges, particularly focusing on the complex relationship between alcohol and mental health.
Alcohol has been described as ‘the UK’s favourite coping mechanism’ with many of us also drinking to manage stress, anxiety and social anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems. Although alcohol can sometimes initially make us feel relaxed and happy, longer-term it can also worsen or contribute to mental health related issues, which leads some people to consume more to help cope. This is not uncommon especially in a society that has such a big drinking culture, so if you feel this cycle or any of these issues are something you are struggling with, you are not alone.
We hope to encourage a de-stigmatisation of alcohol-related issues and provide students with the information and opportunity to reach support if they need it. In conjunction with Glasgow Council on Alcohol, the SRC will be running a support session with tea and biscuits for anyone that feels they are struggling with their relationship to alcohol or alcohol and their mental health. This will take place on Thursday the 18th November 5pm-6pm in the Williams Room of the McIntyre building, free for anyone to drop in. Sign up for tickets below!
Glasgow Council on Alcohol offer alcohol counselling, group work, and alcohol brief interventions in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.
Alcohol Change UK are a wider UK service, that also have information, tips and support about drinking, cutting down, or accessing treatment.
You can also visit your local GP, who can help advise, support or refer you on to relevant services
University of Glasgow Counselling and Phycological services (CaPs)
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs is a charity that offers support and advice to any individual or family that is affected or concerned about someone else’s alcohol use.