Alcohol Impact is our whole-university programme designed to foster responsible drinking cultures for students. It is a strategic framework for partnership working between students’ unions and institutions, culminating in an accreditation mark. The programme adopts social change theory; aiming to reduce harm and improve welfare, well-being and academic achievement – whilst creating more inclusive spaces and enhancing the student experience. 

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Joining Alcohol Impact offers the opportunity to be part of a community; a chance to share learning; showcase achievements; attend teleconferences and virtual meetings; gain progress updates and prompts; 1-1 support; take part in collective primary research uncovering attitudes and behaviours and become part of a national success story. 

Annual membership fees 
•    We recommend that the fee is paid by the institution. In some cases, the cost is part-funded by external stakeholders (e.g. local police or city council). We can provide advice on how to approach external stakeholders if necessary. 
•    Retention of the Alcohol Impact accreditation is subject to continued membership fees. 
•    When you are ready you will be audited by a team of trained students, convened by SOS-UK.
•    Audits are required every two years to retain the accreditation.
•    All audit fees included in costs below.
•    A 15% discount is available when signing up for three years’ membership.    

Working towards accreditation fee, supported for one year


(this fee applies until you have been accredited)



Post accreditation membership for one year

Working towards accreditation fee, supported for three years



Post accreditation membership for three year

£3,900 +VAT

£2,750 +VAT

£9,945 +VAT


£7,000 +VAT


Included in the membership fees:
•    Access to an online workbook of criteria which provide an ambitious, clear, and comprehensive framework alongside examples of good practice on student responsible alcohol-related activity;
•    Ability to personalise your approach by selecting bespoke criteria to meet specific local issues;
•    Support and guidance at every stage, including one full-day support visit per institution;
•    Tailored 1-1 remote support;
•    Two national support days per year offering the opportunity to share and showcase achievements with other members of Alcohol Impact;
•    An annual research report based on collective primary research allowing partnerships to see trends and changes in student drinking habits;
•    Opportunity to share and showcase achievements and national publicity through case studies on the Alcohol Impact website; 
•    Support to recruit and manage volunteer student Alcohol Impact auditors;
•    Following accreditation: certificates and web logo which can be used on online publications, websites and signatures; on-site awards event or national reception; personalised feedback report for you and your institution.

Not included in the membership fees:
•    Travel for representatives from each partnership to attend two national support days and if applicable a national end-of-year celebratory event; 
•    Venue, catering, and travel costs for student auditor training; 
•    Local awards events (if you choose to run one) to give out certificates to student auditors and celebrate local successes;
•    Any additional budget required for developing innovative interventions;
•    In some cases, students and graduates have been employed in short-term roles to help support admin and/or research. 
•    Alternatively, support has been sourced from other departments who may have funding for this role such as careers/volunteer/research departments or external sources.

Sign up to this programme through our online form

For more information on any element of Alcohol Impact, please contact


New drug harm reduction accreditation programme

From 2020/21 we are expanding our accreditation to include a whole university programme designed to foster drug harm reduction on campus and in the community. The accreditation programme will provide resources and practical guidance for use by university institutions and students’ unions to help them develop student/campus-specific drug harm reduction policies and action plans. We will be running a 2 year pilot with a limited number of institutions. If you are interested in taking part please contact


Drink Rethink

Drink Rethink is a preventative approach which aims to reduce high-risk drinking behaviour among students by training student ambassadors to use a nationally recognised evidence-based behaviour change tool (Identification and Brief Advice -IBA) to deliver an alcohol intervention on campus. 

Benefits include:

  • Develops a responsible drinking approach: this support package can support the wider efforts of the institution and students’ union to make positive steps towards responsible drinking on and off campus.
  • Data on student drinking at your institute: The AUDIT will give specific information about the prevalence of drinking at your institute which can be used to target future initiatives.
  • A preventative approach that is cost-effective in reducing the risks associated with drinking: Research shows that one in eight Increasing and Higher Risk drinkers who are screened and receive brief advice will reduce to within Lower Risk levels (Moyer et al. 2012). Research by Public Health England also suggests that for every Increasing or Higher Risk drinker who receives Identification and Brief Advice (IBA), there is a £27 return to the wider health and care economy.
  • Developed skills for students: Students who have trained and acted as student ambassadors will gain leadership, time management, project management, team development and communication skills. Students will also gain knowledge of how institutions and students’ unions can promote responsible alcohol consumption. Each student will be presented by their university or students’ union with a certificate to confirm their participation, that could also be recognised through their HEAR or equivalent.
  • Train the trainer options: Giving the ability to repeat Drink Rethink throughout the academic year.

The support package includes:

  • Support and resources for the recruitment of student ambassadors: Including a role profile, email and social media templates and a set of recruitment screener questions to ensure students with a range of characteristics are recruited.  
  • Options of training packages: Including training students as peer ambassadors, training students’ union or university staff or train the trainer. This 1-day training equips individuals with the knowledge and skills to engage with students, complete the AUDIT tool with participants and give the appropriate leaflet based on the results.
  • Access to online questionnaires: Including the online audit tool as well as 1 week and 12 weeks follow up survey.
  • Follow-up report:  The AUDIT results, as well as the follow-up questionnaires, can be summarised through an engaging report showing the initial reported drinking of the students plus their feedback following the intervention.

Tier 1 Support

Student ambassador recruitment material, 1 day ambassador training (or train the trainer), digital copies of leaflets and branding, access to raw data and telephone/email support.




Tier 2 support

Student ambassador recruitment material, 1 day ambassador training (or train the trainer), digital copies of leaflets and branding, pre and post-surveying of student ambassadors, access to raw data, production of simple graphs for use in reports and telephone/email support




Tier 3 support

Student ambassador recruitment material, 1 day ambassador training (or train the trainer), 1 day on site support of ambassadors in delivery of the programme, digital copies of leaflets and branding, pre and post-surveying of student ambassadors, access to raw data, production of a full final report and telephone/email support

£1,215 +VAT

£1,575 +VAT


£2,150 +VAT


*Prices exclusive of travel expenses of the trainer

*Alcohol Impact partnerships receive a 10% discount

Sign up to this programme through our online form