New hardback Talk About Alcohol resource now available!

Our wonderful hard back resource complete with a DVD, 60 laminated discussion and activity cards, SEN lessons and the new 5th edition of our highly evaluated Talk About Alcohol workbook is now ready and available to order! As our resources are used in a variety of settings and with children of differing ages, abilities and experience, we have worked over the last year to put everything needed together in one set of resources that can be used on a one to one basis, in small groups or for a whole class. In the easy to use file, you will find: a DVD of the BAFTA best secondary school resource winning 4 true stories ‘just a few drinks’ the new fifth edition of our PSHE quality assured and Mentor Adepis CAYT top scoring ‘Talk About Alcohol’ workbook including new games activities, guidance and links to all the relevant sections of www.talkaboutalcohol.com. The 100 page Teacher Workbook of 30 different lesson plans is suitable for different ages 11+, abilities and experience. Using 6 lessons over 2 years is shown to effectively raise the age that young people choose to drink. for children with moderate learning difficulties, a set of 6 lessons and specific guidance with access to a password protected website area with powerpoints and additional picture and story led resources. Children with learning difficulties are three times more likely to be abused than the average child and alcohol is used for ‘grooming’. The resources explain and rehearse complex social situations that these young people will encounter as they grow up as well as exploring consent and recognising motivations. 60 laminates...

Training days for a highly evaluated programme, SHAHRP available April and September 2017

The published results of a UK adapted version of the highly regarded School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) from Australia are expected this week. The research trial was called STEPS TOWARDS ALCOHOL MISUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMME (STAMPP). The 5 year trial of STAMPP led by Dr Michael Mckay and Professor Harry Sunmall from Liverpool John Moores University took place in 105 schools  in Northern Ireland and Scotland and was funded by NIHR (The National Institute for Health Research). It was a cluster random control trial with schools comparing STAMPP vs alcohol education as normal. Over 12,000 pupils took part with information collected at 4 time points. The Children receiving STAMPP had reduced self-reported drinking compared with education as normal at +33 months (p < 0.001; OR = 0.596). There were no statistical differences in self-reported harms, however, but mainly because they were very low in both groups. The trial evaluation showed that the classroom component engaged, and was enjoyed by, pupils. It was also valued by teachers for its evidence based and structured content. Through its agreement with Curtin University, creators of SHAHRP, the AET is pleased to be able to offer a training day led by Dr Michael McKay on Thursday 27th April with a second date available during the week of the 25th September. Participants will be fully trained in how to deliver the programme, supplied with a teacher training manual and CD of interactive activities and taken through the methodology and practicalities of the programme. SHAHRP is an example of a harm reduction education intervention which combines a harm reduction philosophy with skills training, education,...

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...