Surviving Freshers' Week without drinking

Thursday 22-08-2019 - 14:42

There’s so much more to university life than just drinking! Drinking can be a great way to let loose and have fun while on a night out, but does it really do everything that you want it to? Current studies show that students are less inclined to drink now, and more focused on socialising and having a good time out. While your reason for not drinking is completely yours, you will most likely find like minded people like yourselves whilst at uni!

If you don’t drink, that’s okay. That is who you are, and you should be happy with that, regardless of peer or social pressures. So come to one (or more) of our non-alcohol focused events this freshers week and find your group of people!

The Union runs a series of events called Give it a Go, which runs besides our societies. Societies will hold sessions which give you a snippet into their lives and gives you a chance to connect with something you love, or have always wanted to try. There is no need to sign up and become a member of a society if you don't want to, but these sessions are designed to help you understand if it is the right society for you. 

Reap the benefits of not being hungover by volunteering in the local community, joining early morning sessions of Yoga, exercising your body and mind through walking and touring the city, or even get to Freshers' Fair before the crowd and pick yourself up a few freebies. 

You could also spend the night in with your new flatmates and play games to get to know each other. Watch a movie with some home baked goods and show your flatmates what you’re made of. This is a great way to build bonds and friendships for the rest of your time at university!

So remember, you don’t need to drink to have a good time. You can have a good time just by being yourself. 

- Matthew (VP: Student Activities and Employability) and Daisy (VP: Wellbeing) 

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