Drinkaware launches free resources for pupil wellbeing

Drinkaware

Drinkaware is the UK’s leading alcohol education charity that aims to reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking. They aim to achieve this by providing impartial, evidence-based information, advice and practical resources, raising     awareness of alcohol and its harms, and also working collaboratively with partners.

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Drinkaware has launched Drinkaware for Education, a set of free, curriculum linked, alcohol education resources suitable for PSHE classes. Tailored for 9-11 and 11-14 year olds, the resources are flexible allowing teachers to mix and match activities to suit their needs. Covering subjects such as an Introduction to Alcohol, Risks and Harms, Emotional Wellbeing and Peer Pressure, the resources consist of lesson plans, videos, presentations and homework activities.

Developed with teachers, the new resources are flexible and easily adaptable. Educators can mix and match which activities to use and when to teach them. The resources can be taught in any order.

“Exposing young people to information about the harmful effects of alcohol should be an important part of Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE),” said Elaine Hindal, chief executive of Drinkaware. “Drinkaware for Education has been developed in partnership with teachers and experts to give young people the knowledge they need. As well as the harmful effects of alcohol on the body, the resources also address issues such as emotional wellbeing and peer pressure. Through scenario-based interactive lessons, teachers are able to reach young people in the right way, at the right time about the harms and risks associated with alcohol.”

According to the charity, recent years has seen a downward trend in underage drinking within the UK, with the number of 11-15 year olds who have drunk a whole alcoholic drink at least once dropping to 38% in 2014 from 61% in 2003. Despite this, The Drinkaware Monitor, an Ipsos MORI survey of young people and their parents’ drinking attitudes and behaviours, highlights that 11% of 10-17-year-olds missed a day of work, school or college in the last 12 months as a result of drinking alcohol, and 12% of 10-17 year olds who drink suffered a serious harm as a result of drinking.

Michael Worth, head of Social & Economic Studies at Nower Hill High School, said: “There is a strongly collaborative element to the lessons and the resources, and I feel that this is beneficial in a PSHE lesson to break down taboos and encourage students to open up about the topics.”

Visit  www.drinkaware.co.uk/education or contact [email protected] for more information.

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