PSHE KS2: Living with alcoholism

Toby looks up to his father and loves spending time with him, going on bike rides and visiting him at work in the park.

Toby's father has a drinking problem which results in him losing his balance and falling off a ladder.

Toby struggles with the effects of his father's drinking and how to react to his request to bring a bottle into the hospital.

Toby doesn't bring it in and confronts his father, asking him why he doesn't look after himself.

Toby's father goes away for treatment, and returns home a few weeks later.

This clip is from the series Life Stories.

Teacher Notes

This is useful as an example of the effects and consequences of alcohol.

Ask students how would they feel if they were in Toby's place.

Ask: "Why does his Dad drink? Why do some people become addicted to alcohol?"

If possible, get in touch with an AA mentor to organise a visit so pupils could have an opportunity to learn more about how to help with this problem.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching Modern Studies and PSHE at Key Stage 2 in England and Northern Ireland, PSE at Key Stage 2 in Wales and Second Level in Scotland.

More from the series Life Stories

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Sibling rivalry
Dealing with a family breakdown
Grandma and Mel’s experience of learning to dance