Alcohol

Staying Safe

You may be curious to know more about alcohol but that doesn’t mean that you have to say yes if somebody offers you a drink.

Just say no

If somebody offers you alcohol and you don’t want to drink it just say no. Real friends should accept and respect your decision.

Alcohol – it’s a risky business

There are lots of reasons not to drink alcohol as a teenager. Here are some of them..

  • It can make you more vulnerable to danger. You’re more likely to take risks whilst under the influence of alcohol.
  • You can lose control which may make you more aggressive.
  • If you drink underage your education may suffer as you are more likely to skip school and therefore get worse grades.
  • Drinking alcohol can affect your developing teenage brain and lead to memory and reaction problems and lack of attention span.
  • Underage drinkers are more likely to suffer from weight problems, bad skin, disturbed sleep and headaches.

Alcohol and the law

If you’re under 18 it is against the law for:

  • Someone to sell you alcohol
  • To buy alcohol
  • For an adult to buy you alcohol
  • To drink alcohol in licensed premises

It is legal however to drink beer, wine or cider with a meal if you are 16 or 17 and are accompanied by an adult.

Follow this link to find out what the law says about alcohol and young people.

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/underage-drinking/the-law

For more information about alcohol go to www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts or speak to your school nurse.

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