Alcohol and Drugs
The best place to start is to look at the MRS alcohol policy. This gives you a very clear picture of alcohol at MRS!
Alcohol and MRSFrom one of our residents, Eddie ”One of the things I like the most about MRS is the way drinking (alcohol) is managed. If you are over 18, then you are allowed to drink but you are responsible for how much you drink and the consequences of your behaviour when you drink. Residents can’t pressure each other to drink or play drinking games and the culture is ‘drink if you want, but only if you want, and drink for enjoyment, not to get drunk’. It can be a bit hard, as a lot of us have just turned 18, and only begun to drink alcohol (and we make mistakes) but the message remains clear, it is my right to drink if I want, but it is my responsibility to look after myself (and respect my fellow residents) if I do drink.”
It can seem difficult to know how to behave in a new place (especially in regards to drinking alcohol), but remember that your real friends won’t care how much (or little) you drink – just like you don’t care if they drink.
All drugs have an adverse reaction as they change the way your brain works, which consequently affects the way you think. Each individual has a different reaction to drugs. Your mood and the environment at the time of taking the substance may affect your reaction to it. This means that you have no idea what a drug is going to do to you, as there are too many variables.
It is important to remember that you should not feel pressure to drink, or to try and match the drinking levels of other students. Alcohol is to be enjoyed (if that is your choice), however consumed responsibly.
Illegal DrugsMRS has a very clear policy on illegal drugs Illegal Drugs are not permitted or tolerated at MRS, but you may still come into contact with them at some stage of your University experience. Remember that illegal drugs are illegal for a reason and usually because of the risk of harm to individuals (you). You may also have experience of someone offering you drugs, or attempting to ‘spike’ your drink when you are out. Play it safe and be careful!
When you are out, drink spiking can occur if alcohol or another drug is added to your drink unknown to you. There are a number of ways to avoid having your drink spiked. Do not accept drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended. Do not drink anything you have not opened or that you did not see opened or poured. If at any stage you are unsure about your drink, it’s better to be safe and not consume it.
If you think your drink has been spiked, be sure to tell a friend, the bar or security staff, or the police. Doctors can test for traces of certain drugs through urine or blood tests as long as it is within 24 hours. If you think that you have been assaulted or raped, it is important that you tell a friend or family member, and go to a doctor or hospital.
If you are worried that you have ingested a spiked drink, there are a few signs that may confirm this. These signs include dizziness, feeling sick, feeling intoxicated after having little to drink, passing out and memory blank.
There are lots of good government and community resources where you can learn about drugs and staying safe when out! (try drinkwise Australia for starters)