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Alcohol education in schools

Children commonly have their first drink at around age 13, and while attitudes to drinking among young people are changing, it is still a major health concern. Helena Conibear looks at effective alcohol education and the support the Alcohol Education Trust can offer

Now well into 2018, the words “Dry January” will be a distant memory. Apparently, three million of us will have attempted to give up alcohol for the month after the excesses of the festive season.

Our role in equipping teenagers to stay safe around alcohol, however, is to lessen the social acceptability of drunkenness and the binge and purge culture to ensure that alcohol is part of the evening out, if or when they choose to drink, rather than the sole focus of it.

Indeed this seems to be happening. The Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People (England 2016) study (NHS Digital 2017), reveals a notable change in young people’s attitudes.

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