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Drugs & Alcohol

Information and help on drugs, alcohol and getting help if your drink is spiked

There are different types of drugs which affect users in different ways. The Frank website has an A-Z list of drugs and their effects, risks and the law

Illegal drugs are divided into three classes; A, B & C.  More information about classes of drugs and penalties for possessing drugs is here.

If you think that you or a friend has a problem with drugs or alcohol it is always helpful to talk to somebody about it.  You can contact ASK for confidential help and advice or speak to Keele Counselling Service

ADS Staffordshire is a charity providing a free, confidential, service to anyone who is 18 years and over who lives in the Staffordshire area with a problem with drug or alcohol misuse.

Staffordshire Treatment and Recovery Service (STARS) also provide on-to-one support, group support, health screenings and blood tests, and substitute medication where necessary.

Most people enjoy drinking and find it a sociable and relaxing thing to do. Normally it leads to no harm. But there are times when drinking too much or even drinking at all can cause problems.

Here are some main do's and don'ts regarding alcohol:

 

Don't....

  • Drink and drive
  • Operate machinery, use electrical equipment or work at heights after drinking
  • Drink while on certain medications - check labels and ask a doctor if unsure
  • Binge drink - it can lead to health and other problems
  • Be forced into drinking more than you want
  • Accept drinks from other people, particularly strangers

 

Do...

  • Drink moderately, slowly and try to eat before or whilst drinking
  • Abstain for 48 hours, if you have been drinking heavily, to let your body recover
  • Get help from a doctor or specialist agency if you are worried about your drinking

If you are off campus, immediately get to a place of safety.  If you are with close friends tell them your worries and get them to take you home as soon as possible. However please be very sure that you implicitly trust the person or friend(s) you are asking to help you.

If you are alone or with a stranger or someone you don't implicitly trust, go to the pub landlord/bar/ nightclub manager and tell them your fears. Get them to put you in a safe place e.g. office whilst they call you a taxi, a trusted friend or your parents to help get you home safely. Under no circumstances let a stranger or acquaintance offer to help you or take you anywhere including to your own home - They could well be the person who spiked your drink!

 

If you've been sexually assaulted following drink spiking

For up-to-date information about what to do you can visit the NHS drink spiking pages. You can also visit our Sexual & Domestic Violence page for information about support available on and off campus

 

Useful Contact Numbers: 
  • Staffordshire Police emergency number – 999
  • Staffordshire Police non-emergency number – 101
  • University Security - 8888 (from your room if you are calling from on campus) or +44 1782 7 33004 
  • Students' Union Security - 01782 7 33720
  • Rape Crisis