Alcohol Impact is a culture change programme, supporting students' unions and universities in fostering productive, healthy and inclusive campuses. Since its launch in 2014, Alcohol Impact has supported 31 universities and students’ unions across the UK to create positive change across campuses. From alcohol awareness training for sports clubs to improving relationships with local residents, Alcohol Impact helps institutions to innovate their approach to tackling issues related to student alcohol use.Join the programme
SOS-UK can facilitate discussions between both parties
with key members of staff from both the university and students’ union
with a diverse blend of roles and remits, potentially with involvement by external stakeholders
telephone and email support and resources for key dates of the year e.g. Alcohol Awareness Week
offering the chance to share ideas, good practice and discuss future interventions with other members of Alcohol Impact
completed on-site (pending Covid-19 restrictions) over 2 days
“I think that Alcohol Impact is an excellent way to help universities and students’ union to address issues with alcohol and to provide support for those who need it.”
Royal Holloway Alcohol Impact student auditor
There are many student drug interventions that can be used, some are unique to the university and/or students' union, dependent on their students and the needs that they have, but many are effective and receive good student engagement and outcomes.
Find out about the external agencies that you could work with, what this might look like, the benefits of doing this and the challenges that may be encountered, in addition to detailing some examples.
Discover the importance of drug awareness and education and how this can take place, with examples from universities and students' unions.
Promotion of alcohol and safety advice, along with campaigns and resources can amend negative attitudes about alcohol and encourage responsible consumption amongst students
Alcohol Free Events are a useful way for universities to be inclusive of those who do not drink alcohol.
University of East Anglia tackle sexual and physical harassment.
An intervention to tackle irresponsible consumption and to improve student wellbeing
An initiative to reduce damage and noise disturbance in halls of residence as a result of pre-drinking.
Each of our programmes are based on partnership working, with students’ unions and universities working collaboratively to generate whole campus shifts in alcohol culture.
Our programmes are composed of 8 themes. Within each of the themes, the accreditation sets out a number of key actions that universities and students' unions can follow to achieve a whole-university approach.
The accreditation schemes bring together universities and students' unions from across the UK offering peer to peer support and the sharing of good practice.
Following a successful audit, partnerships will be awarded their accreditation, recognising their excellent practice and achievements.
Each of our programmes are based on partnership working, with students’ unions and universities working collaboratively to generate whole campus shifts in alcohol and drug cultures.Get in touch
Working towards accreditation fee, supported for one year
Post accreditation membership for one year
Working towards accreditation fee,supported for three years
Post accreditation membership for three years