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Students and Alcohol Survey

These reports present research completed as part of the Alcohol Impact programme, delivered for NUS by SOS-UK. The programme is a whole-institution approach to responsible consumption of alcohol by students, involving action by local partnerships of students’ unions, universities and community organisations. The programme includes an annual survey, designed to identify students’ relationship with alcohol at participating institutions as well as providing a means for understanding changes in attitudes and behaviours.

Alongside the data gathered from students studying at institutions participating in Alcohol Impact, data is also collected from students studying at other institutions across the UK through NUS’ database of Totum (previously NUS Extra) cardholders.

The research covers the following issues:

  • Patterns and practices of alcohol consumption
  • Perceptions of alcohol consumption on campus
  • Impacts of alcohol consumption
  • Reducing impacts through responsible consumption.


Students and Alcohol Survey 2018-19Students and Alcohol Survey 2017-18Students and Alcohol Survey 2016-17Students and Alcohol Survey 2020-21