The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a problem in the UK that seems to be getting worse. There are concerns for the wellbeing of young adults that drink alcohol because they are particularly at risk of serious side effects. Many teenagers die each year because of complications from alcohol abuse, and a large number of them that begin drinking alcohol at an early age will find themselves in rehab during early adulthood. Parents and officials are working hard to prevent underage drinking by educating youngsters on the dangers of this activity. Undercover Operation One of the biggest challenges for teenagers who wish to...

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Drop in Alcohol Consumption in Scotland

Since 2009, the amount of alcohol consumed in Scotland has fallen. The reduction equates to approximately 38 million pints of bear each year and a report by NHS Health Scotland has attributed this to the recession and the fact that the Scottish Government has banned multi-buy promotions on alcohol. This is good news for the Government, especially that alcohol related admissions and the number of deaths from alcohol has fallen as well. However, it is important to put these numbers into perspective – when compared with England and Wales, the number of alcohol sales in Scotland is still higher. In...

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Ketamine: The New Ecstasy among Students

From the mid-1990s through until the mid-2000, the cheap drug of choice among students was ecstasy. However, much negative press surrounding the drug reduced its popularity among young people looking to get high with little perceived risk. Fast forward to the start of the current decade and a new drug has stepped in to take of its place: ketamine. The pinkish powder also known as ‘K’ is the new ecstasy among UK students. Ketamine is sometimes referred to as a horse tranquilliser because it is mainly used as an anaesthesia for animals under the care of a veterinarian. It can...

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Drugs and Peer Pressure: How Strong Is the Relationship?

Peer pressure is often cited as one of the things motivating young people to use drugs. It’s just assumed that a young person who has never consumed alcohol or taking drugs will automatically feel pressure to do so when put in the midst of others his or her age already behaving in that way. There is some truth to this belief, but research suggests peer pressure may not be as prevalent as we think it to be. As a student, what are your thoughts? According to the Drug Scope charity, there are a number of reasons kids start taking drugs...

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Drug Experimentation Mustn’t Be Part of Leaving Home

Every September the residence halls of UK universities fill up with freshers getting their first taste of freedom. They are living away from home for the first time, experiencing all of the things that come with adult life. Unfortunately, some of them succumb to drug use. Drug experimentation is fairly common in universities. It may start with legal drugs that can be used to enhance one’s performance – substances also known as ‘study drugs’ – or perhaps a little cannabis here and there. Yet it does not take much for drug experimentation to lead to drug abuse and eventual addiction....

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Free & Discounted Drink Offers for Students an Issue?

As a university student, how do you feel about excess alcohol consumption? For that matter, how do you feel about the free and discounted drink offers local establishments frequently offer to students? Does something need to be done about it, or is everything fine as is? In 2006, Reading University pro-vice Chancellor Professor Tony Downes wrote a letter and sent it to the operators of local pubs and bars. The letter requested they stop giving away free alcohol or offering drink discounts to Reading students. He wrote, in part: “If you wish to promote your venue to our students, this...

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How to Avoid Getting Spiked

The NHS estimates that hundreds of students are victims of spiking every year. What is spiking? It is the practice of covertly adding drugs or other substances to a person’s drink in order to achieve some intended purpose. Spiking is often nothing more than a practical joke done for laughs. However, it can be more sinister in nature. Spiking at universities is a way for young men to ‘loosen up’ young women for the purposes of engaging in sexual activity. Other students might spike drink as a way to knock people out so they can steal from student rooms. When...

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Cannabis: Second Most Commonly Used Drug among Students

All across the UK a new wave of first-year university students have begun to settle in to their routine. Returning students, already having put their first years behind them, know the routine all too well. They will put in the classroom hours as needed, and then spend much of their free time either partying or otherwise enjoying social events. For many of them, cannabis will be a big part of the equation. As a student, what are your perceptions of cannabis? Are you among that group of students that believes cannabis use is largely harmless? Alternatively, are you the kind...

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Student Loan Money Is Being Used for Drugs and Alcohol

The average UK citizen probably just assumes that student loan money is being used as it is designed to be: to cover the costs of attending university. So would it surprise you to know that some of the money is being used for all sorts of unrelated things, including drugs and alcohol? It is true. No one knows the extent of the problem, but there is no denying the problem exists. A recent story printed by the Daily Mail is proof. The story profiled two young ladies who found themselves battling alcohol abuse during their university years. One of the...

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Binge Drinking and Drug Use: Bad Omen of Things to Come

Those of us in the drug and alcohol recovery community are trained to look for certain signs when evaluating the seriousness of a substance abuse problem. For example, we look for signs of binge drinking and drug use. A student who frequently binges may very well be on the road to full-blown addiction in the very near future. Without intervention, the outcome could be devastating. According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) Statistics on Alcohol: England 2014 report, as many as 33.8% of men and 15.7% of women in England are classified by the AUDIT standards as...

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