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.

For more information about alcohol go to or speak to your school nurse.