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5 alcohol alternatives to beat student stress

Student life is supposed to be one of the best times of your life. But the pressures of exams, student loans and fitting in can be a heavy burden. However, there are plenty of alcohol alternatives for beating stress. We spoke to Edge Hill University Student Union President, Steven Rouke, to get his top five stress-busting suggestions for life at their Ormskirk campus. If you think you have a problem with alcohol, talk to Port of Call today about your options including, counselling, detox or alcohol rehab.

For some people, alcohol and stress go hand in hand. However, there are plenty of alternatives to alcohol that are actually far better for your wellbeing. Here’s Steven’s top five alcohol alternatives for beating student stress.

Alcohol And Stress

Stress-busting alternatives to alcohol

1. Get a hobby and join a gym, club or society

You’ll struggle to find more of a sense of community than you’d find in a Sports Team or Society. Upstairs in the Hub you’ll often find our societies doing various activities. There’s always something to do. If you aren’t part of any society or sports team yet, then don’t worry you can join at any stage. You’ll always be welcomed, and if you don’t know where to go we can always help. You’ll find a list of societies at www.edgehillsu.org.uk, or look for the sports teams and societies groups on Facebook. Failing that, please contact Patrick Soan, our VP Activities, for a helping hand at suvpactivities@edgehill.ac.uk

2. Get involved in organised activities and events

Always keep an eye on our Facebook page, website or any of the officer Facebook pages to keep up to date with all of our planned events. We put on movie nights, pizza nights, meet and greets and many other events to keep all our students active. The University also offers a great selection of events, which will be posted in Halls Groups, or the University Facebook and Twitter pages. Keep a close eye on the Arts Centre too, who will usually have movies showing on their big screen for you to take a few hours out and de-stress.

3. Take a nature walk or indulge in an outdoor activity

Using the amazing facilities we have here at Edge Hill can be a great way to unwind. Edge Hill Sport has an amazing new sports centre for you to go and lift some weights or have a run. For those of you who don’t enjoy the gym, we also have an amazing swimming pool and it’s incredibly cheap to use! If exercising isn’t for you, you’ll find a mini golf course and big games on the roof of the sports centre, which you’re free to use to help you relax. If you don’t think these would help, then go for a walk around our beautiful campus. You’ll find random streams, beautiful woodland and some lovely wildlife to take your mind off things.

4. Explore a new town or city

Ok, we all know that staying in a small town all the time can sometimes leave you feeling a little claustrophobic. With Liverpool and Manchester just over half an hour away, it would be a shame to let it go to waste. Get some friends, jump on a train and take yourself into a city centre. Spend the day sightseeing, walking round places you’ve never been before and learn more about the history of places. There are some great museums in both cities, and if they don’t tickle your fancy then how about visiting their historic docks to walk around and just chill. There’s always something to do for free. Google is an amazing tool to find these things, so get out for the day and explore!

5. Adopt a cause and live it

People often tell me that they get stressed out with all the work they have to do, and that they have no way of escaping for a few hours to take their mind off things. Well, places like Freshfields Animal Sanctuary are a great place to volunteer to take your mind off things. You can do little tasks and chill with some really cute animals! What else could you want?!

Finally, if you’re ever just too stressed and don’t know where to go or what to do, just contact some of your officers on Facebook for a chat. We’re easy to find, and you’ll often find us promoting loads of pages about what’s going on. If you aren’t on Facebook, then just pop upstairs in the Hub and we’ll be more than happy to help. The big thing to remember is that you aren’t alone in being stressed out. I’d say 99% of other students are either feeling exactly the way you are or have felt that way in the past. So don’t worry about feeling stressed out and just look after yourself. Skip the pub and get active instead!

If you’re worried about your relationship with alcohol, reach out to someone who’s been there and can help. We can help find the right rehab for you if you think your relationship to alcohol has become an addiction. Call Port of Call for free on 08000029010 or email help@portofcall.com for specialised alcohol support.

NB The new alcohol guidelines recommend that both men and women should drink no more than 14 units a week and everyone is advised to take several days off drinking to let their bodies recover.

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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