Alcohol and Drugs Policy

RIAM Alcohol and Drugs Policy

Date of issue: 4th August 2016

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM/Academy) has a clear ‘no drugs’ policy and offenders will be subject to disciplinary procedures.

The Academy recognises the place of moderate alcohol consumption in students’ social lives and supports a sensible attitude to the consumption of alcohol. The potential of alcohol abuse to adversely affect students’ well-being and academic progress is also recognised.

The RIAM Alcohol Policy adheres to the guidelines contained in the National Alcohol Policy (1996).

The purpose of this policy is to:

  1. Support students’ health and wellbeing
  2. Promote personal responsibility towards moderate alcohol consumption
  3. Provide alcohol-related information for students

The following rules must be adhered to by staff and students:

  1. Consumption of alcohol in public places in the RIAM other than at approved receptions is prohibited
  2. Receptions providing alcoholic drinks must also provide soft drinks
  3. Being under the influence of alcohol will not excuse a student’s behaviour or exempt them from disciplinary procedures
  4. The advertisement of specific events by RIAM student societies should not identify access to free or cheap alcohol as an incentive to attendance
  5. No events should be organised which encourage the rapid consumption of alcohol, nor should alcohol be awarded as a prize or reward for competitive events
  6. Sponsorship by the drinks industry of events is permissible, provided the sponsorship is primarily in monetary form and not in product material form, thus allowing groups, clubs and societies to determine their own needs. The Alcohol brand names should not be the main focus of the poster. (National Alcohol Policy, 1996)
  7. Students breaching this policy will be subject to the RIAM’s Disciplinary Procedures.


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