Alcohol and drugs

Here are some useful student support contacts and information.

How much are you drinking?

Finding out how many units of alcohol you are consuming is a good start when it comes to looking after your health.

Alcohol Change has a helpful calculator so you can see exactly how many units you are consuming and what this could mean for your health. Calculate your alcohol units now.

The UK government guidelines suggest that to reduce health risks you should keep your units below 14  a week for men and women. The guidelines also advise to spread the units across three or more days.

Dangerous drinks

Avoid getting spiked by following these safety measures:

  • Don’t leave your drink unattended
  • Never accept a drink from a stranger or someone you don’t trust
  • If you feel ill, slightly drunk or wasted when you know you shouldn’t, your drink could have been spiked. If so, tell someone you trust and get to a safe place

If you're concerned about your drinking

 If you need support, talk to a trained adviser from Forward Trust about your drinking habits and how to cut-down. Forward Trust run drop-in sessions at Canterbury campus. Contact Student Support & Wellbeing reception for more information.   

Drugs advice

Whatever your attitude is towards drugs, we want you to be aware of the risks. This includes risks to your health and wellbeing, as well as legal consequences.

The best way to stay safe is to avoid drugs but here are some things to consider:

  • Everyone's tolerance to drugs is different
  • Mixing substances (including alcohol) can be unpredictable and dangerous
  • You can never be sure of an illegal drug's strength or content
  • Tell your friends if you have taken drugs in case of any difficulties. Also, if you know one of your friends has taken drugs, look out for them to help keep them safe.

For more drugs related advice, visit the Talk to Frank website.


Public Health England has recently issued a warning about particularly dangerous drugs, which mimic cannabis and MDMA (ecstasy), in circulation in the region. 

Users have experienced life threatening symptoms including agitation, delirium and loss of consciousness. Read the full Public Health Statement.

Legal or herbal highs are designed to mimic drugs (e.g. cocaine or cannabis) but may not have been tested for human consumption. New drugs are developed all the time but we don't know the long-term effects on the brain and body.

The new 'Psychoactive Substances Act' means that it's now illegal to supply any ‘legal highs’ or 'herbal highs' for human consumption. This includes selling or giving psychoactive substances to anyone for free, even to friends.

Punishments range from a formal warning to seven years in prison.

Get support

If you need support, you can speak to one of our trained advisers in the Student Support and Wellbeing Team. Other places you can go for advice include:

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