Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 13.44.31REFRESHING ‘mocktails’ have proved a hit with thirsty students during Freshers’ Fortnight at Teesside University.

Students were invited to sample a tasty range of non-alcoholic concoctions in the relaxing surroundings of a beach-themed outdoor bar area in the newly developed Campus Heart.

The ‘mocktails’ bar was set up and run by members of Middlesbrough Council’s Public Health Team, the University’s Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator and Extra Life team as part of the Festival of Wellbeing.

The Festival – supported by the University and Students’ Union – aims to encourage health improvements for staff, students and the wider Middlesbrough community.  

Extra Life supports the promotion of health and wellbeing at Teesside University in their work environment to boost the health and wellbeing of both staff and students.

Public Health Officer Fiona Helyer said: “Students are being made more aware of the dangers around alcohol.

“Alcohol-free ‘mocktails’ were given away as a fun way of educating students about the healthier alternatives to alcohol. 

“During Freshers’ Week some students are likely to drink more alcohol, particularly when attracted to special offers on drinks in some bars and where cheap, often high-strength, alcohol is available from some retailers.

“We are trying to encourage students to resist the temptation to drink to excess, to drink sensibly and try more non-alcoholic drinks.

“They can still enjoy their nights out without risking their personal safety or their health.”

During the event, students were asked to complete a questionnaire which asked their views on alcohol. The results of the survey will be used to develop future awareness-raising.   

Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Health and Social Care, said: “Consuming more alcohol than the recommended limits can have detrimental effects on health, mental wellbeing and personal safety.

“Giving students some simple advice on sensible drinking and encouraging more healthy alternatives to alcohol helps to protect their health, safety and wellbeing.”