Drug and Alcohol Safety

Addictions and dependency on alcohol and drugs are often linked to mental health issues, having the need to escape your feelings or difficult situations. Life at university offers opportunities for socialising and trying new things, this may include attending events where drinking and drugs are readily available to you. We want our students’ to be safe and responsible, so we have included some useful information on this page.


Although alcohol is legal and can be consumed by those over 18, we would like to remind you that it is harmful to your health. If you believe alcohol is having a negative impact on both your health and studies please reach out to our Advice Service. We are able to help you get the support you need by signposting you to the right place. If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption and need additional information and advice please refer to our ‘Help and Support’ section at the bottom of this page.

Units and calories for drinks

Type of drink Number of alcohol units
Single small shot of spirits* (25ml, ABV 40%) 1 unit
Alcopop (275ml, ABV 5.5%) 1.5 units
Small glass of red/white/rosé wine (125ml, ABV 12%) 1.5 units
Bottle of lager/beer/cider (330ml, ABV 5%) 1.7 units
Can of lager/beer/cider (440ml, ABV 5.5%) 2.4 units
Pint of lower-strength lager/beer/cider (ABV 3.6%) 2 units
Standard glass of red/white/rosé wine (175ml, ABV 12%) 2.1 units
Pint of higher-strength lager/beer/cider (ABV 5.2%) 3 units
Large glass of red/white/rosé wine (250ml, ABV 12%) 3 units

*Gin, rum, vodka, whisky, tequila and sambuca. Large (35ml) single measures of spirits are 1.4 units.



There may be consequences when you engage in drug use, it is worth noting that usage has an impact on your health and wellbeing and this should not be ignored. If you decide to engage in Illegal drugs and substances, you should be fully aware of the potential ramifications and risks associated. 

Please refer to Drugwise to see the risks and dangers involved in drug use

Possession, use and distribution of Illegal Drugs within the UK is a criminal offence that could lead to an arrest and prosecution. Please refer to the Government's stance on Illegal drugs 

The university also has a strong stance on illegal drugs, any persons on the university premises caught in possession, using or distributing illegal drugs will be immediately suspended and will be subject to an investigation which could lead to disciplinary actions and penalties up to and including expulsion.


University support

You can access the University's Counselling Service to speak to someone, they will listen to your concerns and be able to direct you to the support you need.

Tel: 020 7133 4300

Email: studentservices@londonmet.ac.uk

Website: London Metropolitan University Counselling and Wellbeing Services

External Help and support

For information and support on any drug and alcohol related issues please see below


Alcoholics Anonymous – Tel: 020 7352 3001

Al-Anon – Tel: 020 7303 0888

Alcohol Concern – Tel: 020 7928 7377


Drug misuse and dependency  

Frank – Tel: 0800 776600 / Text: 82111

Narcotics Anonymous – Tel: 0845 373 3366

Families Anonymous – Tel: 0207 498 4680

Drug Scope – Tel: 020 7928 1211

Release – Tel:020 7729 9904, Advice Line 10am - 6pm / 020 7602 8654, Overnight Emergency Helpline



Safeguarding is in place to protect everyone; this applies to all our students, staff, applicants, volunteers, visitors, and anyone representing the University and The SU. The policy also applies to face-to-face activities and activities delivered online. 

It is essential to understand how the safeguarding policy affects you; it is about protecting the person’s right to live safely, free from abuse and neglect, by working together to make everyone feel safe.

London Met Safeguarding policy

LMSU Safeguarding policy



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