This alcohol education programme uses Structure Mediated Discussion (SMD) to ensure that pupils develop a mature attitude towards the subject, maximising information retention and allowing them to develop a better quality knowledge base.
The lesson plans set out what should be happening in class minute by minute and this information is supported by a PowerPoint presentation which carries pictures and animations linking them to the other material in the lesson and providing an effective timeline on which the lessons run. The video drama used in lesson two provides discussion stimulus about key issues including the effects of long-term and binge drinking, as well as the way relationships and attitudes are affected by an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. A group of young people are drinking competitively and over time the drama shows behavioural changes typical of drinkers: aggression, irrational behaviour and a loss of a sense of reality.
The three lesson headings are:
- How alcohol affects the body
- How alcohol affects decision making
- Can you drink and be safe?
The ultimate aim of the programme is to enable the young students to devise for themselves their own safe drinking strategy which will stay with them into adult life and ensure they avoid the pitfalls of alcohol abuse.