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JUST A LAUGH?

LET'S TALK ABOUT

ALCOHOL

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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

EXPLORATION ACTIVITY

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WHAT ROLE DOES
ALCOHOL PLAY IN
OUR SOCIETY?

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TEENAGE BINGE
DRINKING

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ALCOHOL & PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Photographic technology has been
developed to show the potential damage
that alcohol can have on the skin. Kim
Kardashian would increase the risk of
aged skin if she drank to excess.

Content courtesy of drinkaware.co.uk

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ALCOHOL & PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Alcohol dehydrates the body, including the
skin. It also deprives the skin of nutrients
that are needed to keep it supple and
healthy. Without these things, the skin
ages quicker and increases the chances of
wrinkles developing earlier.

Content courtesy of drinkaware.co.uk

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ALCOHOL & PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Alcohol dilates the blood vessels which
causes your skin to look redder. It can also
cause spots, thin red lines and sometimes
can even cause a skin condition called
Rosacea.

Content courtesy of drinkaware.co.uk

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ALCOHOL & PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Alcohol can make your face look puffy
and bloated; this is because of a build up
of toxins under the skin. Some research
suggests it can also contribute to the
increase of cellulite.

Content courtesy of drinkaware.co.uk

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ALCOHOL & YOUR MIND

Alcohol damages the area of the brain
responsible for learning, memory, verbal
skills and visual-spatial cognition.

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ALCOHOL & YOUR MIND

Scientists have identified that the
misuse of alcohol is linked to lower
grades (such as GCSE’s and A-Levels).

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ALCOHOL & YOUR MIND

Research has shown that Secondary School
students who choose not to drink, score
significantly higher on English and Maths
tests than students who choose to drink
alcohol.

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ALCOHOL & SPORTING PERFORMANCE

Alcohol affects muscle development and
recovery. It slows down muscle growth
and repair which increases the likelihood
of injury.

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ALCOHOL & SPORTING PERFORMANCE

Alcohol dehydrates the body. When a
sporting person is dehydrated, they are
at greater risk of cramps, muscle pulls,
muscles strains, decreased coordination
and poorer athletic performance.

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ARE THERE ANY OTHER RISKS
ALCOHOL MIGHT HAVE?

First thoughts…

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ARE THERE ANY OTHER RISKS
ALCOHOL MIGHT HAVE?

First thoughts…

Social risks?

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ARE THERE ANY OTHER RISKS
ALCOHOL MIGHT HAVE?

First thoughts…

Social risks?

Risk of harm or injury?

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ARE THERE ANY OTHER RISKS
ALCOHOL MIGHT HAVE?

First thoughts…

Social risks?

Risk of harm or injury?

Or other consequences of drinking too much?

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WHAT ARE THE
POTENTIAL RISKS
ASSOCIATED WITH
DRINKING ALCOHOL IN
THESE PLACES?

Create and present a press
statement on behalf of
Northumbria Police regarding
a made up incident that has
taken place.

EXPLORATION ACTIVITY

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WARNINGS AFTER
MULTIPLE DROWNING’S
IN REGION’S RIVERS
(ITV News Report May 2014 and
ITV News Report July 2015)

VIEW FOLLOWING CASES

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JASON FYLES went missing in May 2013 after a night out in Newcastle. His body was found over a month later, on 26th June, in the River Tyne, near to the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle.

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SOPE PETERS was a student at Durham University. He vanished on 29th October 2013 after a night out with friends. After over a month of searches for him, his body was found in the River Wear on 8th December.

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MEGAN ROBERTS was a student at York University. She was last seen in the early hours of Thursday 23rd of January leaving a nightclub in York. Police said she was ‘heavily affected by alcohol’. Her body was found in the River Ouse in the city on 3rd March.

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BEN CLARKSON from York had been out drinking with friends on Saturday 1st March and was last seen at 3.30am the next morning outside Fibbers Nightclub. His body was discovered in the River Foss 3 weeks later on Friday 21st March.

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LUKE PEARCE, 19, from Hounslow, West London was last seen in the early hours of 11th May 2014 walking along the riverbank in the city centre after a night out drinking with friends. His body was found one week later.

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EUAN COULTHARD, law student, had been out for a meal in Durham with friends and then to the Loveshack nightclub. He was seen leaving alone in the early hours of Thursday 15th January 2015. His body was found 23rd January in the River Wear.

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DON'T DRINK
AND DROWN

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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!