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Alcohol education: Advice and resources

To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, the charity Drinkaware has provided resources to help schools tackle the dangers of alcohol during PSHE sessions. Expert Lesley de Meza offers some advice

PSHE has sometimes been driven by “problems” which need to be solved, for example, binge-drinking.

In a desire to “solve the problem”, children and young people become targets of interventions which, in many cases, they find irrelevant or detached from their experiences.

We are each individuals and therefore different from each other. We may live within families where daily consumption of alcohol is the “norm” and not necessarily in a measured way, totally ignoring the UK Chief Medical Officer’s unit guidelines which state that there’s no safe level of alcohol consumption (unit guidelines are the same for men and women and both are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units per week).

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