Updated: Tuesday, 23rd October 2018 @ 1:29pm

Maintain a thirst for knowledge, not tragedy

Maintain a thirst for knowledge, not tragedy

by Sam Rider

STUDENTS pouring into university cities across the country need reminding of the risks and dangers inherent with the growing drinking culture among young revellers.

It is eighteen months since the body of Gavin Terry, the 19-year-old Leeds Metropolitan University student, was found in the River Aire.

His body was discovered 68 days after he was reported missing following a night of alcohol fuelled partying and resulting tests showed he was two and a half times over the drink-drive limit.

At the inquest West Yorkshire Deputy Coroner Richard Manning warned of the tragic dangers that could result from excessive drinking.
Recording a narrative verdict, he said: “He was unhappily so drunk that he probably did not recognise what he was doing when he went into the river.

“There are too many people who are ending up seriously injured or worse and drink is the cause of it.”

This reminder comes just weeks after the Why Let Good Times Go Bad? initiative, a government backed £100 million campaign to tackle Britain’s culture of binge-drinking among young adults, was launched.

And according to a YouGov survey of more than 2,000 people aged 18-24, a quarter have not known how they have got home, and nearly a third have blacked out.

The initiative has been drawn up by Drinkaware, the independent charity aimed at educating people about the risks involved with alcohol consumption.

Chris Sorek, the Chief Executive of the UK-wide charity said: “Being a student at university can often mean drinking heavily, particularly in fresher’s week.

“Unfortunately, alcohol impairs people’s judgement and a few too many might mean doing things you’d never dream of doing when sober.”

Statistics released by the NHS show alcohol misuse to cost the health service about £2.7bn per year and 49,300 people aged 16-24 were admitted to hospital in England and Wales in 2007/08 due to alcohol-related causes.

The North East and North West recorded the highest number of admissions with around 2,000 and 1,900 admissions per 100,000 of the population.

Drinkaware offers advice for precautions to take on a night out on its website and provides a unit calculator to keep track of your unit intake.

“It’s imperative that we all think carefully about how much we drink on a night out to avoid taking risks with health and personal safety,” added Mr Sorek.

“Drinking to excess can increase the chances of sexual assault, having a serious accident or being a victim of crime. Alcohol can be seen as fun but misusing drink can be dangerous.”