Year 9 – Suggested resources
It is key to assess knowledge and experience before delivering alcohol education – See pages 7 – 12 of the Teacher Workbook.
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Ice breaker/ Conversation starter Musical Chairs game: How we are influenced by alcohol (page 12, Teacher Workbook) 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 more complex or simplify according to your classes’ experience regarding alcohol (they know the names of drinks, they’ve seen someone who’s drunk etc.)
The decision on whether to drink or not
The key is for you to facilitate class discussion and to correct any misconceptions.
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
We suggest you use unit calculators and a unit measure cup that can be ordered from resources.drinkaware.co.uk/products (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.
Have they understood?
Use the Alcohol clock game and activity (page 36 Teacher Workbook).
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.
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?
or visit the What is a unit and how much is too much? page
Alcohol and its effects, social and physical
If you have internet access for the pupils, ask them to spend ten minutes using the interactive body on talkaboutalcohol.com. Otherwise, print off the How too much alcohol effects the body worksheet (pages 36 – 37 Teacher Workbook. Go through the different parts of the body and the effects that alcohol has on them.
Choose one of the lesson plans on pages 38 – 39 or draw a human body with the vital organs and ask pupils to come up and write the effects of alcohol on different parts of the body.
Pay attention to how much, how quickly and where alcohol is drunk and the effect of food.
Discuss the effect of alcohol on the immature body and the difference between long term (physical or legal) and short term effects.
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, pages 79 – 81 Teacher Workbook. 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. Use the Just a Few Drinks activity in our online Learning Zone, talkaboutalcohol.com
Getting the balance right
Follow the lesson plan How much is too much – getting the balance right (page 78 Teacher Workbook)
Getting the balance right
Ask the pupils to link the amount drunk with the consequences and then discuss how alcohol effects your reactions, coordination, mood, reflexes etc.
It is important to emphasise when not drinking at all is appropriate such as when driving, if pregnant, on certain medications or working, for example.
Divide the class into groups and ask them to plan a party using ‘The party’ lesson plan, pages 81 – 82 Teacher Workbook.
View either Jordan or Anna’s story based at parties from the BBC2 Just a Few Drinks film clips. Use the relevant Just a Few Drinks lesson plan and the teacher notes, pages 80 and 83 – 87 Teacher Workbook.
Use the worksheets Fact or fiction and detailed answers (pages 16 -17, Teacher Workbook) and How well do you know your age group? sheet and accompanying answers (pages 18-21, Teacher Workbook). Both these activities are supported by the Assessing Knowledge teacher notes (3rd page) Also, Try the quiz (page 104–107 Teacher Workbook).
If you have internet access allow the pupils ten minutes to refresh their knowledge in the fact zone of talkaboutalcohol.com and then complete the Test Your Knowledge and Want to Learn More? activities in the Online Learning Zone, talkaboutalcohol.com
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 (pages 100 – 101 Teacher Workbook).
Alcohol and the law
Use the Alcohol and the Law Information sheets (either the simple or full version) to demonstrate the current UK laws regarding alcohol, pages 62 – 63 Teacher Workbook; Go through each of the laws thoroughly. Use the version on the online Learning Zone talkaboutalcohol.com
Choose a mixture of activities using the teacher notes and worksheets You and the Law, Drink Driving and Drinking and driving don’t mix, (Teacher Workbook pages 65 – 72). Use either the BBC2 Just a Few Drinks clip – Jordans story (For more information see the teacher notes and a lesson plan, page 80 and 83 – 87 Teacher Workbook) or a short clip from Dorset Police Staying out of trouble. Use the Just a Few Drinks activity in our online Learning Zone, talkaboutalcohol.com
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
- 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.
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 www.alcoholeducationtrust.org or through the different sections of the workbook.
Design an alcohol education syllabus/poster. See the teachers notes and worksheet Alcohol Education – What do you want? pages 100 – 101 of the Teacher Workbook.
Use the Think for yourself Challenge zone on talkaboutalcohol.com
Activity: 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