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Alcohol Awareness Resource Pack

Summer 2009

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Top 10 Alcohol Awareness Websites

0800 917 8282 – Drinkline

0800 1111 – Childline

To make links ‘live’ press F5 to run as slide show Drink Aware Think Safe Drink Safe Alcohol Concern Know Your Limits Down Your Drink Alcohol Aware Al-Anon includes Alateen Addaction Talk About Alcohol KCA

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According to a report published by charity Drinkaware, ‘tthree-fifths of professionals working with under-18s do not have the support and information they need to provide education about alcohol’

As a response to these findings, Drinkaware have developed an information pack for professionals working with under 18s and CYPN have developed a work pack with Vanessa Rogers which can be accessed here (webpage) or here (pdf)

You will all have copies of the Healthaware and Drinkaware resources which include activities, plans and CDs. This resource pack aims to complement those resources, and the relevant curriculum chapters, to give you as much support and information as possible to raise alcohol awareness in the young people you work with.

CURRICULUM CHAPTERS: chapter 10: Healthy Living

ECM OUTCOMES: Stay safe, be healthy, enjoy & achieve

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What is Alcohol Awareness?

Alcohol awareness aims to make young people aware of why they’re drinking, how much they’re drinking and the impacts on their health and wellbeing of using alcohol to excess. Addaction’s Rebecca Cheshire gives valuable advice for youth workers on tackling underage drinking

The Alcohol Issues website has a series of articles about issues relating to alcohol awareness:

Alcohol Concern have a good leaflet about young people’s drinking discussing the statistical evidence:

Although produced in Canada, this leaflet has excellent common sense advice for young people, examining how they may be using alcohol and its effects – a good template for producing your own awareness leaflet:

The Guardian has a series of vox pops with young people discussing their alcohol use:

and the BBC has a series of podcasts on the cost of alcohol

C4 has activities and links related to the programme ‘Hardeep Does Drinking’

Young people who enjoy making videos with their mobiles might be inspired by this project:

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Some Facts about Young People & Alcohol


  • 14% of 12-13 year olds have drunk alcohol

  • 33% of 14-15 year olds have drunk alcohol

  • 62% of 16-17 year olds have drunk alcohol

  • 10% of 12-15 year olds drink at least once a week

  • 84% of 12-17 years have drunk at some point in their lives

  • 63% of 16-17 year olds and 10% of 12-15 year olds who purchased alcohol in the past year purchased it themselves, often in pubs bars and night-clubs.

  • Most under 18’s view drinking positively, viewing it as a means of socialising and increasing confidence


  • To relax or unwind

  • To help express views more easily, develop trust and explore sexual relationships in a less threatening context

  • Peer expectations that certain kinds of events involve alcohol use.

  • Youngsters drink to get drunk, especially around the age of 15

  • The need for boys to show a tough macho image

  • Drinking and threatening behaviour was more likely in relatively large groups

  • Alcohol use was used as an excuse for ‘bad’ behaviour

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    Youth Workers Resources


    Talking point – ideas to kickstart an alcohol awareness discussion

    Drinkaware’s ideas are easily adaptable for a youth work setting

    Intended for teachers, these lesson plans & resources are easily adaptable to a youth work setting

    If you’re working with teen pregnancy, raising awareness of foetal alcohol syndrome is good practice

    Crime Reduction toolkit

    Frank has a range of resources

    Road safety and drink driving

    Good range of resources for young people & youth workers

    Alcohol and mental health resources


    Online alcohol awareness quiz – answer the 20 questions and see how aware you are:

    Printable pdf quiz from the Barn

    Look Out – Alcohol! Activities are intended for 7-11 year olds but adaptable for older age groups

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    Youth Workers Resources


    Talk About Alcohol has curriculum resources that can be tailored to a youth work setting

    Alcohol & you: games and quizzes to test your knowledge

    Links2Alcohol ‘Pub Quiz’


    Look Out! Alcohol alien game – intended for 7-11 year olds but quite a fun way of getting some of the alcohol awareness messages across for younger people

    NHS Drinkthink game – get on the leaderboard!


    NHS drink check

    Drinkaware unit calculator

    NHS unit calculator


    Truetube blame it on the booze videos

    Drink & drug videos from

    Youtube alcohol awareness videos (screen before use)

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    Youth Workers Resources


    The links below lead to ideas for session plans. Some are lesson plans intended for use in schools but contain transferable ideas for activities.

    Alcohol concern toolkit for families:

    Alcohol and your body – intended for KS2 but contains adaptable activity sheets

    Ideas for lesson plans with adaptable ideas for youth work e.g. conversation starters, scenarios (opens with Word)

    Article ‘Drunk at 12’ – quite long but would make good basis for discussion

    Diageo DrinkIQ educators resources – binge drinking and underage drinking

    Science based lesson plans with activities to clearly demonstrate the effects of alcohol

    Links to a series of lesson plans – school based but adaptable for youth work

    Lesson plans and resources from Alcohol Awareness (US based but still relevant e.g. The excuse generator)

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    Resources for Young People


    Alcohol gets into the bloodstream within a few minutes of drinking and is carried to all parts of the body. The effects can take hours to wear off and vary depending on:

    • How much & how quickly you’re drinking

    • What you’ve been drinking (strong drinks like spirits and fizzy drinks like cider are absorbed more quickly)

    • How used you are to drinking alcohol

    • Your size and weight and other factors, such as whether you’ve eaten

    • It's a biological fact - drink for drink, alcohol will affect a woman more than a man. Women are generally smaller, their bodies contain less water and the metabolism is different. The smaller you are, the greater the effect.

    • Alcohol affects physical co-ordination, reaction times and decision making. People who have been drinking are more likely to have an accident, get into arguments or take stupid risks. If they have drunk too much they may feel sick, have blackouts or lose consciousness. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal.

    • Drinking alcohol together with taking illegal drugs is particularly dangerous, increasing the likelihood of a serious drug overdose.

      Know Your Limits unit calculator, drink diary and great advice

      Talk about Alcohol Facts, challenges and resources

      Drink Timer iphone app that tells you when your body will be alcohol free

      Alcohol Aware Plus a series of apps to help you calculate units, keep track of your drinking and more

      Mail Goggles stops you sending drunken emails you might regret!

      Drink!Q What’s your drink IQ?

      Truth About Booze Do you know the truth about booze?

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    Alcohol Awareness Quiz thanks to Alcohol Concern

    Myths & Facts

    • Alcohol is a drugTRUE/FALSE

    • Alcohol is a) a stimulant b) a depressant c) neither

    • Different kinds of drinks contain different kinds of alcoholsTRUE/FALSE

    • Alcohol affects mental judgment before physical co-ordinationTRUE/FALSE

    • The total value of the UK alcohol market is: a) £2 billion b) £17 billion c) £30 billion

    • Alcohol can be consumed with safe tranquilisersTRUE/FALSE

    • Managers drink less than workersTRUE/FALSE

    • Alcohol is removed from the bloodstream by a) the liver b) the bladder c) sweating

    • 1 pint of beer is equal to a) 4 measures of spirits b) 2 measure of spirits c) ½ measure of spirits

    • Alcohol can affect the balance of vitamins in your bodyTRUE/FALSE

    • You can sober up by a) drinking black coffee b) taking a shower c) fresh air d) none of the above

    • A third of divorces in the UK are due to alcohol useTRUE/FALSE

    • Drinking alcohol over a long period of time can cause a) gastritis b) throat cancer c) liver disease

    • Daily drinking indicates someone has an alcohol problemTRUE/FALSE

    • Which of these would make you worry about someone’s drinking levels a) high tolerance b) depression and isolation c) loss of interest in food/hygiene/surroundings

    • People from ethnic minorities drink the same amount as white peopleTRUE/FALSE

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    Alcohol Awareness Quiz


    • 1 TRUE

    • 2 Alcohol is a depressant – although it can initially feel like a stimulant

    • FALSE – all alcoholic drinks contain ETHYL ALCOHOL but with different flavourings

    • TRUE – even a small amount of alcohol impairs mental judgment

    • £30 billion

    • FALSE – mixing alcohol and tranquilisers can be very dangerous, even fatal. There are no ‘safe’ tranquilisers.

    • FALSE – on average managers drink around 1 unit more a week than workers

    • The liver

    • About 2 measures of spirits

    • TRUE – alcohol affects the absorption of B vitamins

    • None of the above – they might make you feel more awake but they don’t remove alcohol from the body

    • TRUE

    • Drinking over a period of time may cause all these diseases

    • FALSE – but if there were other factors then it could be true.

    • All of these are warning signs that someone has a problem with alcohol

    • FALSE – ethnic minorities, especially Asians, tend to drink much less than whites.

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    Alcohol Awareness Wordsearch

    You can use these answers to complete the crossword – but watch out, there are more words in the wordsearch than in the crossword. Write down the extra word and then try the recipes!






    Beer goggles

    Youth worker








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    Mocktail Partythanks to View London for the great recipes – for more visit

    Why not try holding an alcohol awareness Mocktail party? Use cool cocktail glasses, umbrellas, mini sparklers and these great recipes and we’ll guarantee you won’t notice that these are Mocktails not cocktails!

    Virgin MaryHalf fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add 300ml of tomato juice, between 2-10 dashes of Tabasco sauce, depending on your hot pepper tolerance), 2-3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, a teaspoon of horseradish sauce, the juice of quarter of a lemon, and a quick grind of salt and pepper. Shake and strain into an ice-filled highball. Garnish with a small stick of celery.

    Gentle Sea BreezeShake a mixture of equal measures of cranberry juice and pineapple juice, and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

    Safe Sex on the BeachAdd 1 large (50ml) shot of peach juice, 3 large shots of pineapple juice, 3 large shots of orange juice, and the juice of half a lime to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Stir and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with a lime wedge, strawberry and orange twist.

    Liver RecoveryUse a juicer to juice 2 apples, 6 strawberries and a banana, then blend the juice with a handful of ice cubes and pour into a large rocks glass.

    Coco ColadaPlace a couple of handfuls of ice, and 2 parts of pineapple juice to 1 part of coconut milk into a blender. Blend and pour into a chilled Martini glass.

    Brooke ShieldsA modern version of the classic Shirley Temple. Into a cocktail shaker filled with two thirds of ice, add a large (50ml) shot of orange juice, a small (25ml) shot of lemon juice, a dash of lime juice, and shake and strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Add a dash of grenadine, top up with ginger ale, and garnish with a cherry.

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    Alcohol Awareness Crossword

    All the answers can be found in the Alcohol Awareness


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    Glass Half EmptyWhat are the negative effects of alcohol use?

    Glass Half Full

    What are the positives of drinking alcohol?

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    Alcohol Awareness Quiz


    • Is it illegal to give a child under 5 alcohol? YES/NO

    • The only alcohol you can buy between the ages of 15 – 18 is ciderYES/NO

    • 16 & 17 year olds can drink wine, cider and beer in a restaurant if they’re with an adultYES/NO

    • You run a greater risk of having unprotected sex if you’re drinkingYES/NO

    • A ‘unit’ is the amount of pure alcohol in an alcoholic drinkYES/NO

    • The recommended daily amount of units for a man is 2-3YES/NO

    • Alcohol can affect women’s fertility and menstruationYES/NO

    • Binge drinking can be defined as only drinking 1 unit a dayYES/NO

    • You can only damage a foetus if you drink heavily during pregnancyYES/NO

    • It takes one hour to metabolise one unit of alcoholYES/NO

    • Fatty foods can help to absorb alcoholYES/NO

    • Alcoholic women suffer more health problems than menYES/NO

    • Drinking a bottle of red wine a day is good for your heartYES/NO

    • 3000 people in the UK die or are seriously injured each year because of drink drivingYES/NO

    • 1000 people died in the UK last year because of alcohol related diseaseYES/NO

    • Alcohol warms you up in cold weatherYES/NO

    • The legal limit is 35microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breathYES/NO

    • Most of the alcohol you drink passes out of your body when you go to the toiletYES/NO

    • A pint of lager has more calories than a pizzaYES/NO

    • The recommended number of units for under 18s is 2 a weekYES/NO

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    Alcohol Awareness Quiz


    • YES

    • NO

    • YES

    • YES

    • YES

    • NO – 2-3 for women, 3-4 for men

    • YES

    • NO – binge drinking is defined as drinking twice the recommended number of units a day

    • NO – a foetus can be harmed by drinking a small amount of alcohol during pregnancy

    • YES

    • YES

    • YES

    • NO – but drinking 1-2 glasses is good for your heart

    • YES

    • NO – there are 33,000 deaths related to alcohol (1,000 relates to deaths from illegal drugs)

    • NO – actually your body can lose heat more quickly after drinking

    • YES – this can also be measured as 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine

    • NO – the liver eliminates most of the alcohol from your body

    • YES

    • NO – until your body is fully developed there is no safe limit

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    Alcohol Awareness Spider Puzzle

    All the answers start or end with the letter in the spider’s body – write the answers along the spider’s legs


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    Know your units

    Match the right number of units to each drink

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    Hangover Wordsearch

    Now can you fit the words into this story?

    You get a h_______ when you get drunk and you need to drink a lot of water because you’ll be d________. You may also suffer from a______ and pains and you’ll probably have a terrible h_______! You’ll also be spending a lot of time in the toilet with s_______ and d________________ and you’ll probably be feeling pretty cross and i__________. It’s not unusual to feel the room is s_______ around and you may feel d_______ when you stand up. You’ll also be suffering with low b_____ sugar but you probably won’t be able to e___ or d______ without feeling ill! In fact, you’ll probably feel so t____ you’d be better off going straight back to b___!

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    Spider, units and hangover wordsearch











    Beer=2 but could be twice that if it’s strong lager

    Cocktail = 5

    Alcopop = 2

    Wine = 1 for a small glass but more likely to be 2

    Spirit = 1 for a single shot


    You get a hangover when you get drunk and you need to drink a lot of water because you’ll be dehydrated. You may also suffer from aches and pains and you’ll probably have a terrible headache! You’ll also be spending a lot of time in the toilet with sickness and diarrhea and you’ll probably be feeling pretty cross and irritable. It’s not unusual to feel the room is spinning around and you may feel dizzy when you stand up. You’ll also be suffering with low blood sugar but you probably won’t be able to eat or drink without feeling ill! In fact, you’ll probably feel so tired you’d be better off going straight back to bed!

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