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Alcohol-free lodgings on rise

12 Sep 2014

‘People need to be protected from themselves’ Image: Getty

The number of students opting for alcohol-free accommodation at UCC has increased fourfold this year, from just six to 24.

The rise in demand has convinced UCC Campus Accommodation to expand the scheme further by introducing a dedicated social programme as part of a move towards wellbeing housing.

The initiative is being promoted under an action plan to reduce alcohol-related harm among students as part of the UCC Health Matters initiative, which won the overall prize at last year’s Irish Healthcare Awards.

Originally 48 students applied for alcohol-free accommodation this year, but this figure subsequently decreased to 24 — 16 females and eight males.

Hosted by IMT, this year’s Irish Healthcare Awards — which take place on November 6 — has attracted another record number of entries from across the health service.

12 September 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times