Alcohol and drugs

Drug use and your study

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.

Quick tips

  1. Be honest with yourself about your drug or alcohol use.
  2. Speak with someone, either a counsellor or your doctor, to help you stop or reduce your use drugs or alcohol.
  3. If you are using drugs or alcohol frequently, identify when you are least under their influence and plan to study then.
  4. Keep trying to quit, it may take several goes before you give up completely.

Drug use in society

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.  If abused, alcohol can cause serious consequences to your health and wellbeing and place you at greater risk of injury and accidents.

Smoking tobacco harms nearly every organ in your body, it is highly addictive and worsens your health in general. If you are considering quitting there is assistance available. Find out more about the risks of smoking from the QUIT Victoria factsheet.

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.

Get Support

If you need to speak to someone about your use of alcohol or other drugs you can visit the Medical Centre on campus or make an appointment to see a Personal Counsellor.

You can also call DirectLine 1800 888 236 for 24-hour 7- day counselling, information and referral.

Find out more

The links below are to external agencies who provide services, information and education.

  • The Australian Drug Foundation – reaching millions for Australians in local communities by providing education information, drug and alcohol prevention programs and advocating for strong and healthy communities.
  • Headspace can help young people tackle issues around Alcohol and other drugs.   Alcohol is the most widely used drug in Australia.
  • ADIN is The Australian Drug Information Network. This is  Australia's leading alcohol and drug search directory. Here you will find reliable information on alcohol, other drugs and mental health, with links to treatment services, research, statistics, guidelines, journals, policy, campaigns, events, curriculum, professional development opportunities and more.
  • Tuneinnotout (TINO) provides 24 hour TV for life's challenges from mental to sexual health, it brings videos, factsheets, real stories and blogs from across Australia into one central point for young people to explore.
  • QUIT Victoria:  If you are considering quitting smoking there is assistance available, QUIT Victoria provides resources, information, a QUIT coach and online tools including a QUIT Buddy app to assist you.
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