Alcohol Awareness week 14th – 20th November – Will you help us?

Curry on fundraising! We’re hoping that friends and supporters will consider hosting a low key supper, tea, book club, film night or lunch for their friends during alcohol awareness week in aid of the work we do at The Alcohol Education Trust across the County. It costs us £90 to support a school, youth or sports club with our award winning programme with specific resources for children with moderate learning difficulties and just a few pounds raised in donations, when added up really make a difference. We work out of a garage in Frampton to ensure our overheads are kept to a minimum – so your donations go directly to training teachers and community leaders, providing our programme for young people or providing outreaches to parents and carers – helping to change behaviours and outcomes across the UK . Would you host something on our behalf?  I’ve enclosed a flyer to share with friends who may be interested in what we do and the extent of the problems across Dorset. Please take a look via www.alcoholeducationtrust.org and www.talkaboutalcohol.com . Please let us know how we can support you if you decide to take part. Thanks so much! Helena 01300 320665 or 07876 593...

CMO Dame Sally Davies releases revised guidelines on alcohol consumption

As you may know, The CMO Dame Sally Davies released revised guidelines on alcohol consumption on Friday 8th January. Although some elements of the guidance are open for public consultation until April Ist, we are currently updating our websites and materials with the new guidance. The guidelines can be found online here. Sadly there hasn’t been a lead in period, so obviously our printed materials will contain the old guidance for the moment. We would therefore ask you to distribute the new guidance in the pdf and for you to add it to your unit and guidelines chapter of the teacher workbook. If you have any queries regarding the guidance, please email kate@alcoholeducationtrust.org  or if you wish to read it in full, there is a link within the...

Nearly 4,000 children hospitalised with alcohol poisoning last year – including 52 aged under 11

The Daily Mirror reports that shock new figures from the Department of Health have sparked concerns about a potential rise in binge drinking to potentially fatal levels: ‘Hundreds of children are being rushed to hospital every month with alcohol poisoning, shock new figures show. Nearly 4,000 children were taken to A&E last year – including 52 under the age of 11 – said the Department for Health. Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Commons health select committee, warned: “It is a grave risk to young people’s health.” In total, 3,748 under-18s were admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning during 2012-13 – more than 300 a month. Dr Wollaston said: “We should be very concerned about who is supplying them.” The total number of booze-related admissions to hospital among young people is falling. But the number of cases of alcohol poisoning has sparked fears of a sharp rise in binge drinking. Dr Wollaston added: “It would be wrong to think this problem has gone away.” Among adults, there were almost 82,500 cases of alcohol poisoning in hospitals last year. And the total number of alcohol-related admissions to hospitals has soared by 12% since the Coalition came to power....

Our Talk About Alcohol programme is selected as one of the UK’s top 50 most effective programmes

We are thrilled that the talkaboutalcohol programme has been selected by The Early Intervention Foundation as one of the top 50 most effective programmes across all disciplines and is featured in its new ebook which you can view via http://guidebook.eif.soapboxserver.co.uk/ The book was launched on the 21st July by Graham Allen MP, for more information email...

The Alcohol Education trust wins support from the Childhood Trust to reach 25,000 13- year-olds across 100 schools in London

The Talkaboutalcohol programme will provide our 100 page teacher workbooks, interactive website, worksheets, information leaflets, newsletters and training to 100 schools across Greater London where needs are greatest for alcohol education. London has a specific cultural and ethnic profile (42% of pupils have English as a second language and SEND is estimated to effect one in five children across their school life) meaning 60% of pupils in London require a programme that is visual rich and easily adaptable. The BIG GIVE project will ensure that 25,000 13- to 14-year-olds in London schools learn about alcohol and its effects, the law, units and guidelines, resilience strategies and staying safe in an engaging and interactive way. A dedicated schools coordinator will ensure teachers in the schools receive training on alcohol education with email and phone support for planning and implementation. Parents of pupils across the 100 schools will be invited to talkaboutalcohol sessions offering alcohol advice and help. Impact – A two year evaluation of talkaboutalcohol among 4000 pupils across England (including London) showed that delivering 6 AET lessons over two years delayed the onset of drinking significantly among 13 and 14 year olds( just 8% took up drinking between Years 8 and 9 versus 20% in schools where our resources were not used). Delaying regular drinking improves attainment and reduces the risk of smoking and other drug use as well as the likelihood of binge drinking and alcohol related problems later. TO PLEDGE TO SUPPORT THE BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE LOG ON...