Alcohol Use in College

College life should include a lot of fun.  For some students, moving away from home and participation in a college social life may mean an adjustment in their alcohol intake.  It is therefore important to assess what your relationship with alcohol is.  You can use the HSE Alcohol Self-Assessment Tool at to identify what type of drinker you are and the impact of your drinking. Whatever you drink, you can find out what it’s doing to your health on 

If as a result of taking this survey, or just generally, you have concerns about your alcohol consumption, there are a number of supports available within IT Sligo and the wider society to help you build a better relationship with alcohol, as follows: 

On Campus Supports 

Student Counselling Service 

The Counselling Service operates on an appointment basis (virtual appointments only at present). If you would like to make an appointment, please contact the service by: 



Student Health Service 

The Medical Service operates on an appointment basis. If you would like to make an appointment: 



The Pastoral Care Service 

Students are always welcome to drop into the office or can make an appointment.  Remember you don’t have to be on the camps to make contact. 

Location: First floor of the Student Services Centre beside the Careers Office, above the Student’s Union and the Health Service. 

Phone: 071-9305215 / 085-8590471


Off Campus Supports 

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a Twelve Step Fellowship dedicated to helping anyone suffering because of their drinking. Through mutual support, the AA aims to help its members achieve and maintain sobriety. There are no membership fees. 

Phone: 01 842 0700



HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline 

The HSE Drugs and Alcohol Helpline is a free and confidential, active listening helpline and email support service offering non-directive support, information, guidance, and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to substance use. 

Freephone: 1800 459 459


HSE Alcohol and Substance Misuse Counselling Service 

The HSE Alcohol and Substance Misuse Counselling Service provide assessment, treatment, support, aftercare, for individuals whose lives are affected by alcohol, illicit drugs, prescribed and over the counter medications  for people resident in Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and West Cavan.  Appointments are offered within community locations across the catchment area. 

Phone: 071 914 3316


North West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force 

The North West Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force can support you by pointing you in the right direction and telling you about the support services that may benefit you. 

Phone: 071 9194556 / 087 1953984; 




Al-Anon is a support group for people affected by someone else’s drinking, be it a friend or a family member. The Al-Anon Confidential Helpline operates from 10am-10pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Helpline: 01 873 2699