Chief Medical Officer launches alcohol awareness pack

Wales’ top doctor Ruth Hussey visited Swansea University today to launch a package of advice helping counsellors to spot signs of alcohol misuse in students.

The Welsh Government gave £15,000 towards the development of the Alcohol in Higher Education Toolkit, consisting of guidance designed by a group comprising the Welsh Government, the NUS and Drinkaware, in conjunction with Cardiff University.

It contains a comprehensive range of information for student welfare services, giving practical advice on address alcohol misuse.

The toolkit offers;

  • best practice guidelines for addressing alcohol misuse;
  • gives guidance on developing appropriate alcohol policy
  • provides information on student support services and addressing the social environment.

The toolkit was trialled in four universities across Wales;  University of Wales - Trinity St David; Aberystwyth University; University of Wales Newport and the University of Glamorgan*  and was then evaluated by Cardiff University. In July 2013, the toolkit was rolled out to all remaining universities in Wales.

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Dr Ruth Hussey officially launched the toolkit at Swansea University. She said:

“I am very pleased to launch the Alcohol in Higher Education Toolkit. This is not a matter of lecturing young people about how much they drink. Rather it is a way of helping to recognise alcohol misuse and reducing the impact.

“Excessive alcohol consumption among university students has been linked to educational difficulties, psychosocial problems, antisocial behaviours and drink-related injuries.

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“This toolkit has been produced to give student welfare services practical advice on addressing alcohol misuse.

“It aims to offer best practice guidelines for addressing alcohol misuse, gives guidance on developing appropriate alcohol policy and provides information on student support services and addressing the social environment.”

 

Picture 1: Chief Medical Officer Dr Ruth Hussey

Picture 2 (left to right): Sarah Huws-Davies, Swansea University Direct of Student Services; Dr Ruth Hussey, CMO; Swansea University Pro VC Professor Noel Thompson; Student Union Welfare Officer Becky Grimes.