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UCC students to be offered 'alcohol-free' accommodation

A recent survey found almost half of all students at the Cork campus engage in binge-drinking more than once a week.

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STUDENTS ENTERING UCC this autumn are to be given the choice of living in alcohol-free accommodation.

According to the University, the pilot programme is being brought in following a survey which found “concerning” drinking habits among the student population.

Students interested in the places will be asked to provide a written personal statement as to why the option interests them alongside their usual housing application, which will then be screened.

According to the University, the consequences of violations “will be in line with the current disciplinary process”.

A 2010 study of student behaviour found that 45 per cent of males and 44 per cent of females reported binge drinking more than once a week. In addition, all students who reported drinking alcohol reported “at least one adverse consequence”.

The pilot programme is also aimed at making the college more attractive to overseas students. According to a statement:

Cultural differences and religious and personal preferences are therefore a strong consideration in this pilot scheme, as students may have different preferences when it comes to housing.

Many students opt for same sex apartments, Irish language speaking only apartments or mature student housing for instance. This new alcohol free option will cater to students who may choose to live a lifestyle that does not involve the consumption of alcohol.

According to UCC: “The reasons why students may choose this option are varied and yet often quite simple – students may simply just prefer the quieter surroundings that an alcohol-free area may bring.

The University says it is expecting a “good uptake” but notes that places will be limited.

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