. Drugs & Alcohol Education | Teaching about drugs | PSHE education

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Alcohol and drugs have always been around but drugs and the substances that are used to create them are evolving. Access to drugs no longer requires seeking out a dealer, although they are still very much at large, as they have become far more accessible with the onset of the internet and the dark web. Many of these new substances are full of untested, potentially life threatening concoctions. Alcohol is not to be overlooked either, causing a huge amount of deaths to our children and young people each year.

In my Drug and Alcohol sessions whether taught to pupils, students, parents or staff, I always give as much age appropriate, relevant, up to the minute information. Giving the facts required to enable children and young people to make the right decision at the right time.

Some statistics…


Nearly four in ten teenagers in the UK said they had taken substances, including cannabis and ecstasy. [ESPAD)
For those taking illegal drugs, 35% said they first tried a drug when they were 13 or younger. The average age was 14.

[E.Sussex summary of Health Related Behaviour Survey, 2012]

Legal highs' are also known as 'club drugs', 'research chemicals', 'designer drugs' or 'new/novel psychoactive substances.' The 'legal high' industry moves fast – around one new drug is produced every week.
[Strange Molecules. 2015]

Thirty-one per cent of those currently aged 16-24 have taken drugs …The profile of those currently taking drugs is weighted towards younger Britons, with half of active users aged 16-34. In contrast to the stereotype of the drug user, many active drug takers are in the higher echelons of society, with 40% being in social grades AB.
[The Guardian. British drugs survey 2014]


Among 35 European countries, the UK has the third-highest number of 15–16 year-olds who have been drunk 10 times or more in the past year.
[Drinkaware, 2015]

More than 40% of children who start drinking before the age of 13 will go on to abuse alcohol or to become alcoholics at some point in their lives.

1000 young people under the age of 15 are admitted to hospital each year with acute alcohol poisoning. All need emergency treatment and some die.

Alcohol is now causing more deaths than heroin, speed, cocaine, ecstacy and cannabis combined.

[Alcohelp, 2015]

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