Experimenting with drugs can sometimes be presented as part of the student experience.
But drugs are illegal for a reason. Aside from the risks to your mental and physical health, using drugs can make you more likely to behave in ways which are dangerous.
A small but significant proportion of regular drug-users can come to rely on cannabis or become addicted to drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Any such addiction can have a disastrous effect on your studies and your health.
The legal penalties for drug possession can be severe for some drugs - up to seven years in prison for the possession of a Class A drug like cocaine. Also, the university has a very clear 'no tolerance' policy on drugs. Possession or use of drugs can see you expelled from you hall of residence or your course.
The best way to minimise the risk from drugs is not to use them. Failing that, find out as much information as you can about any drugs you're using, including the risks, the potential for addiction and what happens when you mix one drug with another or with alcohol.
For more information on drugs and their effects, call the confidential FRANK helpline on 0800 776600 or visit the FRANK website.
If you are concerned about your drug use, the university offers a confidential counselling service. You can make an appointment to speak to a counsellor by calling 01332 593000.