Swanswell and Higham Lane School raise awareness of alcohol

18 October 2010

Swanswell, a national charity that wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, and Higham Lane School in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, are working together during Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW 18-24 October) to increase students’ understanding of the effects of alcohol and how to keep themselves and their friends safe.

The theme for this year’s AAW is ‘alcohol and childhood’, covering the use of alcohol by young people, the impact of parental drinking and the influence of alcohol marketing on young people. It’s estimated that 74% of 13 year olds in Nuneaton have tried alcoholic drinks.

And over 50% of 15 year olds, the age group Swanswell are working with at Higham Lane, are drinking every week (Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council).

Higham Lane School will be discussing alcohol throughout AAW with students from all year groups, providing them with advice and information to help them make safer decisions when drinking alcohol.

On Tuesday 19 October, members of the Swanswell team will work with Year 10 students providing information and advice about calculating the units in a range of drinks and keeping friends safe who’ve consumed too much alcohol.

Emma Mitchell, Head of Personal, Health and Social Education (PHSE) at Higham School Lane said: ‘We’re very aware that children are drinking at a far younger age and often don’t understand the impact this can have on their health or what to do if their drinking gets out of control.

'We’re keen to work with Swanswell to provide the children with relevant information that will help them to make safer choices for themselves and their friends.’

Jan Phillips, Senior Practitioner at Swanswell said: ‘It’s great that a local school is prepared to engage so closely with Swanswell. We need young people to understand the short and long term risks associated with the consumption of alcohol, know who they can turn to for help and what to do in an emergency.

 

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