Drinkaware creates programme for schools

Drinkaware has launched a programme to teach primary and secondary schoolchildren life skills, in a bid to stop them abusing alcohol when they get older.

The new course – called In:tuition – will be taught in schools to help youngsters make more informed decisions about a range of issues, including alcohol, sex and relationships, personal finance, health and civic responsibility.

The charity said similar programmes in other countries had been effective in preventing alcohol and other substance abuse.

The course uses the latest online and digital tools in the classroom to make it more interactive, but is also available as a printed handbook. 

Chief executive Chris Sorek said: “In:tuition empowers young people with the knowledge and self-confidence they need to make lifelong healthy decisions – not only about drinking but about a range of risky behaviours. We know the later a young person has their first drink, the less likely they are to drink to harmful levels later in life.  

“Drinkaware’s approach is child-centred, encouraging parents, schools and the community to work together to reinforce life skills at home, in the classroom and through local initiatives.”

Andrew Brown, director of programmes at drug prevention charity Mentor, said: “International studies have shown that the life skills approach is a proven way to delay the onset of risky behaviour in young people. It must be an entitlement for all young people that they are empowered with knowledge, confidence and personal and social skills to make healthy life choices. Drinkaware are to be commended for adapting and expanding this approach for the UK context.”  

The course rolls out in schools from this month.

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