Life Skills Education Charity programmes are designed to help young people make safe and healthy decisions and improve their knowledge around alcohol awareness.
As such, alcohol is a key theme running through our programmes, what is known as a ‘golden thread’ that recurs multiple times to reinforce learning week on week. Combined with our DARE Decision Making Model and scenarios of situations experienced by young people in real life, Life Skills Education programmes are proven to help increase knowledge about alcohol and it’s effects, help young people make better decisions and look for help when they need it.
Our programmes are based around facts, we do not use scare tactics in any way. We all know that if you drink alcohol, drinking in moderation can be an enjoyable and harmless experience. However, getting drunk regularly can have potentially serious physical, social and academic effects. Even drinking to excess just occasionally can be damaging.
Many people drink alcohol safely, it is a part of life, however many people choose not to consume alcohol. Many people may not drink alcohol for a wide number of reasons; Life Skills Education programmes teach young people to respect other peoples’ choices, religions and cultures. If you prefer not to consume alcohol, for whatever reason, that’s absolutely fine; you will likely find many other like-minded people who share this preference.
Our programmes talk about not being pressurised into drinking by your peers. If others do not respect your wishes, find a way to leave the situation or find help.
Our DARE Primary programme is an 11 week course that focuses on alcohol and other key topics to raise awareness in young people aged 9 – 11, just before their transition into secondary school.
Some advice about alcohol to stay safe and healthy:
Other good sources of information on alcohol awareness include:
Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. We're here to help people make better choices about drinking.
For help and advice when something goes wrong, the Live Well website from the NHS is great tool for finding out where to get help.
Alcohol Change UK is a leading UK alcohol charity, formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK.
Talk to Frank is a government initiative to help debunk the myths around drugs. It is a great place to find out facts about alcohol.
DARE to be safe and healthy.