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‘The toxic university lifestyle of partying and drugs nearly cost me my life…’

Finding your feet at uni is tough – any first year student can describe it – but nothing prepared Tom Young for the toxic addiction that followed. Sonia Raju shares his story at the University of Birmingham.

Tom Young, now happily studying his masters at The University of Nottingham.

It was 4AM as I stumbled up the stairs, my heart was palpitating out of my chest. I knew that I had taken it too far that night.

I shook furiously. The energy left my body as I collapsed onto the bed and the bottle of vodka, gin and two bottles of wine sloshed in my stomach. A cold sweat covered my whole body, and I could feel the drugs pulsing through my veins. Why did I have a cocaine, MDMA and ketamine cocktail?

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