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Addictive Behaviours

Drugs: At University you may find that people around you are using drugs, or you may feel pressured to take drugs yourself. Possession, use and supply of controlled drugs is illegal in the UK and at Reading University Students' Union we take a zero-tolerance stance towards drugs. If you are caught with drugs in our venue, you will face disciplinary action, and if you are found in possession of drugs on campus you may face university disciplinary action. RUSU does not condone the use of drugs, but wants to ensure students are taking informed choices and are aware of the resources and support available to help them stay safe. The best way to avoid harm or punishment is not to take drugs at all.

Alcohol: You might feel pressure to drink at University, but remember it is your choice if you want to drink or not and your decision on how much you want to drink. Many people don’t drink and it’s okay for you to decide not to.

This page was last updated on 29 June 2023 at 14:59


FRANK has honest information about drugs including an A-Z which has information on each kind of drug, how they may affect you and the risks involved. You can also find their guide on how to deal with peer pressure surrounding drugs.
There is also drug and alcohol advice with a live chat
24hr phone service: 03001236600


If you do decide you want to drink, Drinkaware have provided some easy steps to make sure your nights out don’t end badly.

Drinkline open weekdays 9am-8pm and weekends 11am-4pm


The leading provider of support for anyone affected by problem gambling in Great Britain. Advisers are available seven days a week from 8am – Midnight
Includes a live chat function

Rehab 4 Addiction

Rehab 4 Addiction is a free helpline run by people who've beaten alcohol and addiction themselves in London and the South East. This is a helpline set up by people who are themselves in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Mental Health Foundation

MHF's mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. Prevention is at the heart of what they do, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Alcohol also has a relationship with mental health. Those who consume high amounts of alcohol are vulnerable to an increased risk of developing mental health problems and alcohol consumption can contribute to some existing mental health problems worsening.