Year 10/ S4

Year 10/ S4 – Suggested resources

Revisit units and guidelines and alcohol and the law if these have not already been taught. Ask the students what they know and assess their knowledge and perceptions. Click on each subject for more details

Assessing knowledge


Ice breaker/ Conversation starter Musical Chairs game: How we are influenced by alcohol. This activity should take 20 mins to half and hour and will demonstrate to pupils that although they may not currently drink, their life is influenced by alcohol. These questions are examples and we suggest you make them more complex or simple according to your classes’ experience regarding alcohol (they know the names of drinks, they’ve seen someone who’s drunk etc.)

Activity 2

Use the worksheet How well do you know your age group? Both these activities are supported by the Assessing knowledge teacher notes (3rd page)

Test the class’ knowledge using the Fact or fiction question sheet and detailed answers and the Fact or fiction activity on our online Learning Zone,

Extension Activity

Ask the pupils to count how many times alcohol is mentioned or viewed during a TV show, or how many times they spot alcohol advertised during the week.

Units and guidelines

Initial Activity

This session involves you demonstrating units with bottles and glasses – Look at the blank and completed worksheets (or the simplified version).

You need to read the worksheet on responsible drinking  and view one of the recommended short film clips.

We suggest you use unit calculators and a unit measure cup that can be ordered from (These are available free of charge).

Bring in glasses of different sizes and shapes and save empty containers and bottles of well known brands and drinks.

If you have internet access the pupils can try using one of the unit calculator apps.

Activity 2

Have they understood?

Use the Alcohol clock game and activity.

The game involves laying the numbers of a clock on the floor and  asking the kids to plan an evening out and to work out how many units they have drunk and how long it takes for the body to break down a unit.

Try our interactive version in our online Learning Zone,

Extension Activity a

Test your parents

Ask pupils to ask their parents if they know what the daily guidelines are for adults and how many units are in their glass of wine etc. and give them marks out of 10.

Extension Activity b

Why are young people advised not to drink?

See teacher notes and worksheet.

Alcohol and its effects, social and physical

Initial Activity

If you have internet access for the pupils, ask them to spend ten minutes using the interactive body . Otherwise, print off the How too much alcohol effects the body worksheet . Go through the different parts of the body and the effects that alcohol has on them.

In preparation, read The Short Term Effects of Alcohol and What Happens to Alcohol in the Body.

Activity 2

Choose from the following worksheets: The short term effects of alcohol, What happens to alcohol in the body, The long term effects of alcohol, You friends and strangers and Alcohol and the community – What is the impact? using the supporting teacher notes. Use UK government binge drinking film clips for males and females.

Extension Activity

Just a Few Drinks Play one or more of the BBC2 Learning zone just a few drinks. Download the teacher notes  and lesson plans to use with each film. What would you have done? Divide the class into two groups and discuss what could have been done at various stages of the 7 minute films to make things better or worse.

Testing knowledge

Initial Activity

Use the worksheets Fact or fiction and How well do you know your age group? Both these activities are supported by the Assessing Knowledge teacher notes (3rd page) Also, Try the quiz.

Activity 2

If you have internet access allow the pupils ten minutes to refresh their knowledge in the fact zone of

Extension Activity

Based on a social norms approach, the questions in the initial activity on How well do you know your age group? are designed to test young people’s assumptions about how much their contemporaries drink. You can ask students to collect headlines from the newspaper or internet over the week and note how many positive or negative stories there are on alcohol and young people and discuss adults views about young people and how they really behave. Use the worksheet Alcohol Education – What Do You Want? and the accompanying teacher notes to get pupils to design their own alcohol health campaign based on what they have learnt.

Alcohol and the law

Initial Activity

Use the Alcohol and the Law Information sheets (either the simple or full version) to demonstrate the current UK laws regarding alcohol. There is a specific full version for Scotland  with different BAC limits for driving; Go through each of the laws thoroughly.

Activity 2

Choose a mixture of activities using the teacher notes and worksheets You and the Law, Drink Driving and Drinking and driving don’t mix, . Use either the BBC2 Just a Few Drinks clip – Jordan’s story. For more information see the teacher notes and a lesson plan  or a short clip from Dorset Police Staying out of trouble.

Extension Activity

Ask the pupils to collect alcohol related incidents and news stories between lessons and discuss the long term consequences of the fines/ criminal record/ caution on the young persons job prospects/ insurance/ ability to travel etc.

Alcohol and staying safe

Initial Activity

Use the teacher notes and worksheet Good friends or what would you say?  Emphasise the importance of

  • Pacing yourself
  • Looking after your mates
  • Getting home safely
  • Having a fully charged mobile
  • Never going home alone
  • How to recognise and respond to alcohol poisoning/recovery position
  • Drinks being spiked

See the following fact sheets Top tips, Survival Guide, If it all goes wrong

Use the short clip from Dorset Police Staying out of trouble.

Activity 2

Definitions of binge drinking, why this is so harmful, short and long term difference between tolerance and dependence. This involves a good understanding from alcohol and it effects social and physical and alcohol and the law. Take time to look through the website under resources via or through the different sections of the workbook.

Order Alcohol and you booklets for Year 10 students and above via

Extension activity

Design an alcohol education syllabus/poster. See the teachers notes and worksheet Alcohol Education – What do you want?

Use the Think for yourself Challenge zone on

Activity: What would you have done?

Use the BBC2 ‘Just a few drinks’ film clips. Use the Teacher notes and clip guidance notes.

Divide the class into two groups and discuss what could have been done at various stages of the 7 minute films to make things better or worse

For older pupils

Use our Top Tips for staying safe if you plan to drink – with planning parties, safe summer holidays and what to do in an emergency and the drink drive factsheet to discuss the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

Order Alcohol and you teenage guide from