Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (1527579f) Two drunken young women lie in the middle of St Mary's Street New Year's Eve revellers in Cardiff, south Wales, Britain - 31 Dec 2011

Kingston University binge-drinking injuries worst in London

Kingston University reported the most binge-drinking related injuries in London last year, new figures show.

According to information obtained through a Freedom of Information request, Kingston University reported 10 incidents on site while the national total was 233 out of the universities that

Leeds University had the highest number of drink-related injuries, with 73 last year and 123 in 2014. There were 994 incidents on 54 university campuses between 2010 and 2015 with a peak of 292 in 2014.

A KU spokesperson said: “Kingston University takes its responsibility for the health and safety of all students very seriously.
“It is important to remember that with around 20,000 students at the university, the number of incidents in this report represents a tiny proportion of those studying at Kingston.

Economics student Sheperd Sheunesu Chidenga, 23, who climbed a house after binge-drinking, said: “I was literally doing spider-man on this house and when I got to the second story window I started falling.

“I broke my ankle and f****d up the whole front of the house.”

KU is working with the Union of Kingston Students to highlight issues around alcohol consumption and to promote responsible drinking.
Jack Whitelegg, a third year international relations and sociology student, 23, said: “Binge-drinking is part of the culture of university and our age.”

Whitelegg broke his wrist twice in eight months after falling off his bicycle. He said: “I didn’t go to the hospital the first time until eight months later when I fell off again and they said it was broken and had healed itself.”

The NHS advise men and women to drink no more than 14 units per week and recommend several drink-free days a week.

The Student Wellbeing service runs daily drop-in sessions and students can access confidential guidance about a range of issues including alcohol consumption.

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