About

Alcohol Impact embeds social norms of responsible drinking on our campuses, changing attitudes towards alcohol, and building healthier, safer, more productive student communities.

Based on the successful behaviour change work of our sustainability programme Green Impact, we're making a positive impact on a crucial student welfare issue. 

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.

Alcohol Impact helps to ensure that our institutions can provide productive places to live and work, by confronting the dangers associated with excessive drinking. Taking an institution-wide approach, we're making a huge impact on student welfare - shaping healthier lifestyles, safer campuses and stronger local communties.

How it works

  • Participating institutions and students' unions are supported by NUS to work through a list of criteria ranging from shaping students' union policy, to working in partnership with local community groups and residents. Our online workbook  provides resources and highlights areas of good practice.

  • 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 assesses their performance in Alcohol Impact. NUS trains student auditors to conduct the audit, which takes place over a two day period and includes a documentary review of evidence, in-depth interviews with staff, officers and external stakeholders and student focus groups. If criteria have been completed to a satisfactory level, the institution is awarded with our accreditation mark.

Getting involved 

Sign ups are now open.

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Alcohol Impact is run by NUS (a charity), on a self-funded cost recovery basis, so we are able to employ a programme manager to deliver the programme