Alcohol, other drugs and gambling
Dangerous consumption of alcohol or other drugs can quickly lead to major problems mentally, physically and socially. At the Student Health Centre, our main priority is to work to promote students’ health. Therefore, we think that it is especially important to be able to pick up on dangerous drinking, drug use, gaming and gambling problems at an early stage.
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Many contexts in student life are closely connected to alcohol. Students may therefore be particularly vulnerable to alcohol-related problems. Various studies show that it is between the ages of 18 and 25 that you drink the most; this is also the age that you develop the drinking habits that follow you into adulthood.
Some students do not drink at all, whereas some are already in the habit of consuming a lot when they arrive at university. It is not unusual for students to have the idea that all students drink alcohol and thus to feel increased pressure to drink themselves.
Incidents of excessive alcohol consumption can have negative consequences, such as blackouts, accidents, fights or unwanted sex. Having control over your drinking means that it is you who determines how your night out will be, not the alcohol. That is why it is important to keep track of your alcohol consumption.
Test your drinking or tobacco habits
If you have taken the test and are concerned about your own alcohol consumption or someone else’s, you can contact the 1177 Healthcare Advice Line (call +46 771 1177 00 if you're using a foreign phone number), your health centre or us at the Student Health Centre.
You can also learn more about your tobacco habits by taking one of our lifestyle tests.
During your studies, you have much to gain from keeping your alcohol consumption within a reasonable level. Here are a few good reasons:
- better sleep and reduction in general tiredness
- increased concentration and better study results
- better control over your life
- better physical fitness
- better performance
- reduced risk of arguments and conflicts with friends and partners
- better finances
- reduced risk of developing future addictions.
If you want to be able to drink alcohol without suffering negative consequences, the following tips can come in useful:
- Plan your party evening in advance: how much you will drink and over what period of time. It is advisable to set a time for your last glass of alcohol.
- Make sure you only have enough money available in your bank account to cover the cost of the amount of alcohol that you plan to consume.
- Stop and check how you feel after a drink rather than immediately getting another one.
- Decide to alternate your alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.
- Do not party on an empty stomach. Eat something before drinking alcohol and preferably also while drinking.
- Agree with your friends not to incite each other to drink alcohol and do not participate in drinking games, for example.
- Choose drinks with a lower alcohol content.
It is not unusual for students to come into contact with different types of drugs. For example, many people find it exciting to try cannabis when faced with situations where it is being used.
There are many downsides linked to drug use. In most cases, however, people are generally uninformed about the known effects of different drugs. This knowledge is in fact essential in order to make an informed decision on whether you want to use drugs or not.
Gambling problems are becoming increasingly common in society, even among students. The traditional forms of gambling such as betting on horses and football remain popular. However, in recent years online casinos have occupied a greater share of the market at the same time as payday loans have become available through various lenders. This combination has resulted in some people finding themselves with major financial and social problems in a very short space of time.
Computer games are something many people enjoy, finding them both entertaining and relaxing. But as games have become more sophisticated and accessible, gaming has also become problematic for a growing number of people. It could go so far that you develop a gaming addiction. This is also known as a gaming disorder.
Some common signs that your gaming has gone too far:
- You start to lose control of your gaming
- Gaming starts to affect other areas of your life
- You continue gaming despite negative consequences
- You are frequently absent from teaching sessions
- Problems with sleep deprivation and disrupted circadian rhythm
- Feeling down and anxious
- Isolation from social life
The vast majority who have come to the realisation that gaming is causing problems can change their habits for the better. If, however, you have repeatedly tried to do this and feel unsure that you will manage it by yourself, you are welcome to turn to us at the Student Health Centre. You can book an information appointment below.
To get help with gaming dependency, you can also contact the Gaming project at the Maria Clinic in Malmö. They offer advice, assessment interviews, and, where necessary, individual treatment. You can read more about the project, and how to register, on their website.
If you are concerned about your drinking habits or your drug use, you should contact 1177 (call +46 771 1177 00 if you're using a foreign phone number), your health centre or us at the Student Health Centre.
If you have gambling or gaming problems and need help to find the right support, you can also contact the Student Health Centre.
Student Health Centre
+46 (0)46-222 43 77 (not for appointments)
Monday–Wednesday and Friday, 08:30–09:30
Subject to temporary changes.
Make an appointment:
Student Health Centre
221 00 Lund
For students at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH):
In addition to the Student Health Centre, you can also turn to psychological counsellors at LTH.
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Note that the Student Health Centre does not accept referrals from healthcare providers.