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Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking

Your time as a student at Otago will almost certainly imply change and growth as an individual . It is a time of exploration in many areas of your life. For some, this may involve experimentation with illegal drugs; while we do not condone this behaviour, your good health and safety is our primary concern. For this reason, we recommend that you take steps to inform yourself about what you are putting into your body & the possible effects on your long term health and career. We recommend the NZ Drug Foundation web-site as an accurate and current source of evidence-based information on all drugs (including alcohol & tobacco), their effects and the laws and policy that control their distribution and use. However if you wanted to talk about Drugs, for example cannabis please contact Chrissie Griffiths:


We understand that alcohol plays a big part in many student's lives - bigger than some may realise. The following link will give you a snap-shot of your own drinking based on what you tell us. Please be assured the information you provide will remain confidential. <>

All of our health professionals understand the burden that hazardous drinking places on our community. If you have concerns about your own or someone else's drinking, we encourage you to raise the topic with us during your appointment.

Alternatively, please contact Chris Griffiths, Practice Nurse & Student Health Educator, if you would like to talk about your drinking.

Or contact the Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797 or free text 'adh' to 234 and they will text you back, the Alcohol Drug Helpline is open 10am to 10pm everyday Alcohol Drug Helpline offers you free confidential information, insight and support with any problem, issue or query you have about your own or someone else's drinking or drug use.


As of 2014, The University of Otago is a smoke-free campus.

While smoking rates in most segments of the NZ population are on the decrease, we recognise that there are students who are current smokers & will need support to quit. At Student Health we are committed to helping students quit tobacco for life.

To gain access to quit support, please make an appointment with one of our nurses today. (0800-479-821)