Drug & Alcohol Support

JMSU and LJMU have a policy for drug & alcohol usage that is both your responsibility and right to be aware of if you decide to consume alcohol or drugs.

Although it is illegal to consume drugs, JMSU and LJMU want to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our students and encourage you to reach out for help if you feel you are suffering from addiction or your mental health and wellbeing are being impacted by drugs or alcohol.

It may be difficult to talk about these issues due to societal taboo but what may begin as harmless fun with friends can lead to life-changing circumstances. We believe knowledge is power, so we want to make sure you have the resources to make informed decisions and get help if you need it.

Drug testing kits:

Here are drug testing kits that you can buy if you are unsure what substance you have been given. The tests can identify illicit drugs as well as inform you of the purity of the substance. It is so important that if you decide to take drugs, you are aware of what it is you're actually consuming. Drugs are illegal, meaning they're also unregulated. 

Drug knowledge:

Talk To Frank has great information regarding different substances, their effects and risks. Everything from what effects different substances have on your mind and body to what these drugs are actually made of, Talk To Frank is a great resource to use whether you're thinking of taking drugs for the first time, or whether you're somebody who has used drugs and wants to know more information.

External support services:

We understand that not every student will feel comfortable reaching out to us or LJMU if they need support, but that doesn't mean you have to deal with this alone. There are many services and resources available to help you with any worries or issues you're having with substance consumption, including:

The Liverpool Community Alcohol Service 

Action on Addiction Liverpool

We Are With You 

DART (Talk To Frank) 

  • If you’ve had a heavy drinking session you should avoid alcohol for 48 hours
  • Eat food before and while you drink
  • Careful what you combine, most drugs and alcohol do not mix well, and the results can be unpredictable
  • Avoid using drugs or drinking alone
  • Keep note of what you have, on your phone for example. This may be useful for a friend if you fall ill or unconscious, or in a worst-case scenario, emergency services. It can also help you notice if you are having much more than usual/more than your limit

Our independent advice service has the capacity to directly refer you to our local organisation We Are With You for professional support which has experience with helping university students with drug or alcohol-related issues.


If you live in Horizon Heights, Grand Central, St Lukes, or Marybone, you also have access to free single-use Spikeys. Spikeys are devices that attach to the neck of your bottle to prevent strangers from putting substances in your drink without your knowledge or consent. Safeguarding yourself and your friends from potential threats while you're out drinking is paramount, which is why we're offering these Spikeys to all students living in these 4 accommodations with plans to bring them onto campus in the future. Remember, never leave your drink unattended! If you think your friend has been spiked, be sure to do the following:

  1. Tell a bar manager, bouncer, or member of staff
  2. Stay with them and keep talking to them
  3. Call an ambulance if their condition gets worse
  4. Don't let them go home on their own
  5. Don't let them leave the venue with someone you don't know or trust
  6. Prevent them from consuming any more alcohol as this can cause more issues. 

What do you think of our Spikeys Scheme? This scheme is in its trial phases and your feedback could really turn this into something that can make a huge difference to the student community at LJMU! Fill in our short survey here

Want to see Spikeys on campus or in your accommodation? Email vpcommunity@ljmu.ac.uk