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JUST A LAUGH?

LET'S TALK ABOUT

ALCOHOL

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CLASSROOM GROUP AGREEMENT – WE LIKE IT WHEN:

We are kind and supportive of one another

We listen, learn and contribute (when we feel comfortable to do so)

We respect everyone’s right to privacy and do not ask personal questions

We share stories but not the names of people in those stories

We can ask questions

We can opt out if something makes us feel uncomfortable

We have fun

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WHERE DO YOU STAND?

Drink alcohol as part of a celebration

Drink alcohol with a meal

Drink when underage

Drink alcohol in the morning

Drink alcohol to become more confident or relaxed

Drink to get drunk

Drink alcohol to forget problems

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WHERE DO YOU STAND?

Drink alcohol in the streets, the park, the woods

Be a heavy drinker

Drink alcohol in the home

Drink alcohol in the pub

Not drink at all

Drink alcohol at the weekend

Drink alcohol at lunchtime

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KNOW THE FACTS

Alcohol is produced when yeast converts the
sugar in grains, vegetables, fruits and plants

Alcohol is a very strong legal drug

More people die from alcohol-related harm
each year than all illegal drugs put together

Alcohol can cause harm to your health
and affect how well you make decisions

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HOW CAN ALCOHOL
AFFECT OUR BODIES?

Skin

Heart

Pancreas

Liver

Baby's development

Cancers

Immune system

Brain development and damage

Memory

Decision making

Emotions

Coordination
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TOP 5 REASONS

Alcohol is really bad for the human
body, why do people drink it?

1. SOCIALISATION

Alcohol is a part of many social
activities such as celebrations,
gatherings and mourning.

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TOP 5 REASONS

Alcohol is really bad for the human
body, why do people drink it?

2. TASTE

Pure alcohol tastes awful! There
are many sugars, sweeteners and
other additives added to it to make
it taste nicer.

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TOP 5 REASONS

Alcohol is really bad for the human
body, why do people drink it?

3. TO RELAX

Some people use alcohol to relax,
but after a while, they struggle
to get the same feeling without
alcohol.

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TOP 5 REASONS

Alcohol is really bad for the human
body, why do people drink it?

4. TO ALTER THE
THE WAY THEY FEEL

This can seem like a great idea
at the same time and some believe it
makes them feel more confident,
but it actually lowers your
inhibitions - making you do or say
things that you later regret.

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TOP 5 REASONS

Alcohol is really bad for the human
body, why do people drink it?

5. PEER PRESSURE

The pressure to drink alcohol
increases when those around you
are drinking too. It can be difficult
sometimes to be the person who
doesn't drink but you have the
right to choose not to!

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JUST A FEW DRINKS:
ANNA'S STORY

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SECTION 30

Section 30 (Policing and Crime
Act 2009) gives the police the
power to seize alcohol from
young people who are drinking
in public places. This can result
in a young person having a
criminal record.

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LET'S GET READY
FOR THE WEEKEND

Discuss each scenario and
consider the risks

TANIA & PHILLIPA

Ages: 14
Love to party
Live for the weekend

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LET'S GET READY
FOR THE WEEKEND

Discuss each scenario and
consider the risks

GREGZA

Age: 15
Boxing legend and local hard lad
Also known as: six-pack

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YOU WOULDN'T
START YOUR NIGHT
LIKE THIS

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IF YOU DRINK ALCOHOL...

You are more likely to be a victim of a violent crime

You are more likely to be admitted to hospital

You are more likely to try illegal drugs

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HOW CAN WE MAKE IT LESS RISKY?

Discuss in groups: a plan for a safe night out

You might want to include:

• A plan on how to get home
• Keeping with your friendship group
• Calling home if things go wrong
• Keys, money, phone

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YOUR RIGHTS

You have the right to be healthy

You have the right to be safe

You have the right to make informed decisions about your life

You have the right to feel good about yourself, free from pressure

You have the right to have a good time without alcohol

You have the right to make your own choices free from negative influences

You have the right to say no!