At your university
Concerned about alcohol at your university?
Here are a few ideas about what you might be able to do:
Find out if your university has an alcohol policy and what it covers. If the policy is not clear or doesn’t effectively prevent or address harm from alcohol, talk to the staff responsible for the policy about what improvements you think could be made. For example, does it cover alcohol advertising? How alcohol can be made available at university events? Sponsorship or funding from alcohol companies? What support services are available?
Concerned about alcohol ads on or around campus? Take a photo and contact the Alcohol Advertising Review Board. Find out if the university has any policies about the content or placement of alcohol ads around campus – if they don’t, perhaps you can suggest they should!
Talk to the uni tavern managers about what they are or could be doing to prevent alcohol problems. For example, having good food available to order, offering appealing non-alcoholic options cheaper than alcohol and promoting Alcohol.Think Again resources.
Find others who share your concerns. Other students, student groups (e.g. health students) or staff may be interested in getting involved in addressing alcohol issues on campus.
Want more alcohol-free events? Talk to the Guild or other student committees and share your ideas for fun alcohol-free events – you may even want to help them organise one!
Talk to the Student Guild about what they are or could be doing to promote responsible drinking on and off campus. Does the Guild have any policies related to alcohol? Are Guild events inclusive of people who don’t drink alcohol?
Does your uni have a Local Drug Action Group? Contact Local Drug Action Groups Inc. to learn more about how you can create or join one to help address alcohol issues at your uni.
Alcohol in the University Setting resource
To support universities to develop comprehensive alcohol policies, the Alcohol Programs Team at PHAIWA (at the time known as the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth) produced Alcohol in the University Setting: a resource to support Australian universities. It includes summaries of research on alcohol use by university students, the rationale for a comprehensive alcohol policy, characteristics of effective workplace alcohol policies, and strategies and consideration for responding to alcohol in the university setting.