Alcohol

If you choose to drink alcohol, know your limit. There is no set limit that is safe for everyone. Be aware of the risks involved. Risks can be short-term, such as vomiting, memory loss or a hangover the next day. Long-term effects include alcohol dependence and damage to internal organs.

Not only does excessive alcohol consumption damage your physical health but it can also affect your mental and emotional health and possibly damage relationships with family and friends.

Check out this fact sheet from the team at Reach Out for more information.

Want to stop drinking for a while? Check out Hello Sunday Morning to meet other people like you.

The Alcohol Consumption and Drug Usage Procedure outlines the management of drugs and alcohol at RMIT University.

Tobacco

Everybody knows that smoking is bad for you. Yet, despite the grim figures and the media coverage about tobacco’s harmful health effects, people are still smoking. In RMIT University’s efforts in creating a healthier place for students to study, all its Melbourne campuses have become smoke-free.

Quitting smoking or cutting back

It’s never too late to quit. That said, quitting is not easy and sometimes it takes more than one try, to quit. However, the more times you give it a go, the more likely you are to succeed.

By cutting back or quitting, you’ll notice the short- and long-term benefits, both to your health and wallet. You’ll also be making a positive difference for those around you with second-hand smoke and the environment. People may choose to smoke and stay addicted for a wide range of reasons. On the journey to quit, it helps to recognise what your triggers are—whether it may be used to cope with stress, social reasons or if you’re addicted to the nicotine. The staff at RMIT Counselling may be able to help you identify these to help quit or reduce your smoking.

For help and advice, you can also speak to a GP, call the free Quitline on 13 7848 or visit QuitOxygen or Reach Out for some more information.

11 Minutes - case study

Did you know that every cigarette you smoke takes 11 minutes off your life? Based on this statistic, seven final-year students from the School of Media and Communications established a program to help smokers quit.

Learn more about the 11 Minutes campaign.

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Other drugs

If you choose to take other drugs, such as cannabis, cocaine, ice, poppers or heroin, make sure you understand what the drug is, what it can do and what the risks are. ReachOut has a great fact sheet to answer some of your questions.

If you are hungry, angry, lonely, tired, sad or sick it is best to avoid alcohol or drugs. Instead, stay at home or relax in a café. If a friend looks down or unwell, help them do the same.