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The reasons for drug use in our lives are many and varied. They may be used as medicines, for improving performance, for relaxation, or for having fun. Used as medicine they can have a positive impact on our body and mind when we are sick.
The recreational use of alcohol and drugs has become culturally embedded in our social world, with many people enjoying a drink of alcohol when they are with family and friends. However, some people take drugs or alcohol as a way of coping with stress in their life and others use drugs frequently as they are addicted to them.
During your time at university you may come in contact with drugs and alcohol. It is important to be aware of the impact they can have on your health and well being and on your abilities to study effectively.
Drugs can dramatically affect your thoughts and behaviour. This includes your ability to study. Under the influence of drugs or alcohol your memory, concentration, and critical thinking are all affected. If you are finding that your drug or alcohol use is too frequent and/or you are struggling under their influence to submit work on time, this may mean you have a problem with drug or alcohol use. In such situations we strongly recommend you speak to a counsellor or your doctor.