Year 11+/ S5+

Year 11+/ S5+  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.

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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 students 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.

Extended Activity

Why are young people advised not to drink? See teacher notes and worksheet. 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.

Testing knowledge

Initial Activity

Use the worksheets Fact or fiction, with the detailed answers and How well do you know your age group? with the accompanying answers. Both these activities are supported by the teacher notes (3rd page) Also, Try the quiz (page 104-107 of the Teacher Workbook).

Activity 2

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

Extended 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 sheet 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.

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