NUS Alcohol Impact

What is NUS Alcohol Impact?

This isn't about getting students to stop drinking. It's about creating a more positive culture of responsible drinking. For the huge number of students who don't drink alcohol, campus life isn't as inclusive as we'd like it to be. And with the habits formed as a student often sticking for a lifetime, reinforcing positive behaviours at this moment of change can have a lasting influence.

Participating institutions and students' unions are supported by the NUS to work through a list of criteria ranging from shaping students' union policy, to working in partnership with local community groups and residents. 

Each institution also undertakes a number of more ambitious interventions, such as the creation of alcohol-free spaces across campus, or developing innovative alcohol free events.

Partnerships take 1-3 years to complete the programme, when they are ready an external audit of the institution and students' union takes place to assess their performance in Alcohol Impact.

For more information on the programme visit here.

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Why are we doing it?

The welfare, health and safety of our students is of the utmost concern to Lancaster University and the students’ union. We are committed to encouraging the responsible consumption of alcohol by students, both on and off campus, and to establishing a new social norm of responsible behaviour towards drinking.

The university and students’ union recognise that the consumption of alcohol, when in moderation, can be a fun and important part of student life. Whilst we have no wish to discourage sensible drinking, the partnership understands that, where excessive, drinking can have a detrimental impact on students’ university experience, their mental and physical wellbeing, and their academic success.


With this in mind we are committed to ensuring that:


  • Responsible alcohol consumption is promoted across campus, in college bars and the union-owned Sugarhouse nightclub
  • A selection of educational events, awareness campaigns and alcohol-free activities will be offered throughout the academic year
  • Our students can make informed choices about alcohol consumption, with a wide range of resources readily available (including online, promo materials, events and campaigns)
  • Our advice & wellbeing services are well equipped to deal with alcohol-related issues, or to offer guidance and pastoral care to anyone who may be experiencing related difficulties
  • The campus is a safe environment for students to socialise and work, with a variety of alcohol-free spaces available
  • ‘Pre-drinking’ is discouraged, and campus bars have policies in place against excessive drinking and drinking games
  • On-campus bars and retail outlets conform to legislation; alcohol should not be served to anyone who is visibly intoxicated or under the age of 18
  • All clubs, societies and colleges are made aware of the dangers associated with drinking, and are encouraged to make sure that events run in a way that does not encourage immoderate drinking or place emphasis on the consumption of alcohol


Vice-President (Welfare & Community) 2016-17 David Whitlock said: “It’s really positive the union and university are making these changes to ensure our activity is appropriate for all students, it also allows us to explore different avenues that we had not tried before to improve and create a richer student experience.”




For more information on some of the work we are doing then please visit: