Alcohol and other drugs

Student stories

'When I started Uni I just assumed that everyone was drinking a lot … then I realized binge drinking was making it hard for me to form and keep friendships...'

Most students drink moderately

two thirds of students drink three or less a week

There's a myth that all Uni students binge drink. 79% of surveyed students (93% of first years) thought that 'most students would drink five or more drinks at a sitting at least once a week'.

By stark contrast 65% of students reported drinking 'three or less alcoholic drinks a week' and only 9% of surveyed students had drunk five or more alcoholic drinks in the previous fortnight.

So… most students thought that other students were binge drinking but reported drinking less than the norms for use in their age group (as defined by the Australian Drug Foundation).

Students that drink moderately succeed academically

drink three or less and succeed academically

Only 46% of surveyed students who drank five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting said they averaged marks of credit or above.

69.7% of surveyed students who drank three or less alcoholic drinks a week averaged credit or above.

In other words drinking moderately increases the likelihood that you'll succeed academically.

Drinking 5 or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting harms you and your community

image-mirror-versionAlcohol advertising promotes the idea that alcohol can connect you with others.

Surveyed students echoed this with 86% saying they thought it 'breaks the ice' and 82% thinking it 'enhanced social activity'.

This contrasted with what actually happened for students who had drunk five or more drinks at a sitting in the last fortnight.

Check the negative effects on their reputation, fun, friendships and academic success they describe below.

The negative effects on your life

Reputation dissolves

reputation-dissolves59.7% of surveyed students who drank five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting said they had 'done something they later regretted due to drinking'.

Don't find out the hard way that reputations are not drunk proof.

Fun dissolves

reputation-dissolves30% of surveyed students who drank five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting said they had 'been hurt or injured due to drinking'.

Drinking dramas do damage.

Friendship dissolves

reputation-dissolves40.3% of surveyed students who drank five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting said they had been 'criticized by a friend about their drinking'.

Don't find out the hard way that friendships are not drunk proof.

Success dissolves

reputation-dissolves34.4% of surveyed students who drank five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting said they had 'performed poorly in a test or important assignment due to drinking'.

49.9% of surveyed students who drank five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting said they had 'missed class due to drinking' and.

64.4% of surveyed students who drank five or more alcoholic drinks at a sitting said they had 'lost memories due to drinking'.

Poor performance + missed classes + lost memories = missed academic opportunities.