Port of Call speak with Edge Hill University to see how they help students at their Ormskirk campus to enjoy student life without abusing alcohol. Below are some of our tried and tested tips to help you turn a healthy leaf of life and enjoy alcohol without necessarily abusing it. If you are struggling with alcohol, talk to Port of Call about your options including detox or alcohol rehab.
According to Lancashire County Council, at least one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life and one in six adults may have a mental health problem at any one time. Even more surprising is that half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14 and three-quarters before their mid-20s.
It’s a fair bet then that at least some of you will experience some sort of mental health issue (such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders) before, during or after your time at university. Not least with the growing pressures placed on your shoulders, from tuition fees, exam stress, relationship problems and, of course, the expectation to party hard. But abusing to alcohol is not the answer.
Benefits of not abusing alcohol
“It’s not my job to tell you not to do something but it is my job to advise,” says Lauren Blundell, Vice President Welfare. “Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good night out; letting my hair down and not thinking about that pile of work that’s waiting for me on Monday morning. “But using alcohol as a means of coping with our ridiculously busy student lives is NOT healthy. “We can really hurt ourselves.”
Instead, Lauren recommends trying to use stress to your own advantage. “Stress has got a bad reputation. But it’s essential for survival,” she continues. “If we didn’t react to stressful events, we’d be in danger.
“Stress can also be really useful when it comes to preparing for exams or other important events. It can actively encourage us to put in more effort and stay focused. If we don’t deal with stress safely and sensibly then it can have serious effects on our body, never mind if we’re pumping it full of Jaeger,” Lauren concludes.
Drinking alcohol at University can and should be done responsibly. Whilst Port of Call understands that students can enjoy a drink or two on a night out, it is important to acknowledge the fine line between enjoying alcohol and over-drinking and even dependency towards alcohol. This is when you should start to question your relationship with alcohol and determine who is in control – you or the alcohol?
Alcohol and drug support
If you’re feeling stressed, depressed or anxious, there are lots of fantastic services on offer at the University to help you to restore your wellbeing and happiness. Here’s Student Wellbeing Advisor, Vicky Thompson’s guide to wellbeing services across campus.
“The Student Wellbeing team offer wellbeing appointments every Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” says Vicky. “These are 30-minute appointments that give you the opportunity to discuss any issues that are affecting your wellbeing. They’re practical, solution-focused appointments to help you to start tackling your issues.
“Wellbeing is anything that’s worrying you. That could be study issues, anxiety, panic attacks, low mood, money problems, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, relationship problems – anything at all. You can book these appointments at the front desk at the SIC or by emailing email@example.com.
“If you need some extra help, we can refer you to the counselling team, drugs and alcohol service or Minds Matter for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),” Vicky adds.
Promoting student wellbeing
“The Counselling Service offers a daily drop-in at Milton house from 2-3pm, where you can see a counsellor to discuss any problems you might have,” Vicky continues. “They also offer a variety of courses aimed at improving student wellbeing that can be found on the Counselling Pages. The Counselling team take self-referrals too, and you can get an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Money Advice team can give you practical support to manage your money, and they also offer financial support for anyone experiencing hardship. Their drop-in service runs Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 1pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm. Edge Hill Sport also offers a wide range of discounts if you want to become more active.
“Finally, the Chaplaincy Service is here to support Edge Hill University students and staff of all faiths and none. Whether you face economic crisis, family and relationship problems, or simply wish to talk to us, your multi-faith chaplains offer a confidential and non-judgemental service from a spiritual perspective. We currently have three Christian chaplains, one Jewish chaplain, and one Muslim chaplain in our team,” Vicky concludes.
If you’re worried about your relationship with alcohol, reach out to someone who’s been there and can help. If you think your relationship with alcohol has become an addiction, we can help you find an alcohol rehab close to you. For more help and guidance, visit our website and find real-life stories of people who suffered from alcohol addiction. Call Port of Call for free on 08000029010 or email email@example.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.