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The number of students in alcohol-free accommodation in UCC has quadrupled

There are now 24 students in the alcohol-free gaffs – and one third of them are Irish.

THE NUMBER OF students at University College Cork who have chosen to live in alcohol-free accommodation has increased to 24 this term.

The scheme, which began as a trial last September, has grown from the initial six students who took up the offer one year ago.

Almost 50 students initially applied to live in the alcohol-free housing this year but some dropped out after they either changed their minds or did not fully understand the scheme.

Irish students make up one third of the students, with the rest coming from France, Germany, Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Australia, Austria and Canada.

A total of 16 female students and 8 male students will live in the accommodation. Most (13) are first year students, along with five postgraduate students, five visiting international students, and one second year student.

UCC said the move was designed to encourage healthier lifestyles among college students and to make the campus more attractive to students who may not be comfortable with Ireland’s drinking culture.

The university has also introduced a dedicated social programme aimed at reducing harm caused by alcohol, including interventions for high-risk students, training for staff, and the introduction of zero tolerance of anti-social behaviour.

The university also introduced a CCTV system to monitor the campus for anti-social behaviour last year as a joint initiative with An Garda Síochána and Cork City Council.

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