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Freshers Week Wednesday, 4 October, 2000, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Oxford students warned on drink risks
Drinking
Alcohol can cause injury and crime, students are told
Students in Oxford are being warned of the potentially fatal dangers of excessive drinking.

At the beginning of the academic year, when new students are traditionally developing a taste for independence and beer, Oxford students have been told to be careful with how much they drink.

The University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University are running a joint campaign to advise their 19,000 undergraduates that drinking to excess can lead to serious problems.

I was in shock for weeks after Mark's death. One thing I have learnt from this is to look out for your friends and don't assume that something like this won't happen to you

Chris Stockman, Oxford Brookes University

Postcards are to be distributed throughout halls of residence and student union premises showing that drinking can lead to violence, aggression, unprotected sex and vandalism.

And the campaign also highlights that drinking can kill and cause serious injury - whether through increasing the likelihood of accidents or extremes of alcoholic poisoning.

"Over the past few years a small number of students from both universities have died as a result of drink-related incidents and this has made us more determined than ever to educate young people about the potential dangers of alcohol," said Professor Graham Upton, vice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.

Among those supporting the campaign is Oxford Brookes student Chris Stockman, whose friend and fellow student Mark Young was killed after being hit by a van after a night out drinking.

"I was in shock for weeks after Mark's death. One thing I have learnt from this is to look out for your friends and don't assume that something like this won't happen to you," said Mr Stockman.

The campaign is supported by the police, who said that last year 78 students had been arrested for alcohol-related offences.

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