The Alcohol Education Trust
School is the one place where we can reach every pupil across the UK at a crucial time in their lives. Age 13 is the tipping point at which kids look away from parents towards their friends and peers.
We need to engage pupils before they begin drinking and help them build their resillience skills, know how to avoid risky situations, learn how to look after themselves and each other and avoid slipping into situations that can run out of control. The average age of a whole alcoholic drink in the UK is age 13. Our goal is to edge this up to at least 15 in line with the UK Chief Medical Officers' guidelines.
Alcohol Education is most often taught through Science and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Teachers are usually non specialist and so must be supported with imaginative, easy to use, regularly updated and evaluated resources that are accessible and supported by training & advice if they need it.
Free resources are available on line and on paper to allow for the different needs, abilities, age groups and knowledge of pupils, and for varying lesson lengths and classroom facilities.
We support the effort of schools by supporting parents to be good role models, to set oundaries for their kids, to know where they are and who they are with. We help parents to talk to their kids about alcohol and consider that parents are the key suppliers of alcohol to those under the legal age.
Through our parent newsletter and talks held in schools we give parents strategies to face challenging situations, to feel more confident and knowledgeable in their decisions around alcohol.
Charity No: 1138775
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