PSHE/Citizenship GCSE: Alan's experience of drinking alcohol at 14

Alan tells how an evening of drinking alcohol led to a sequence of events that changed his life.

At the time, he set out just wanting to have a good time, but after his experience with alcohol, his attitude to drinking has changed significantly.

At 14, Alan's drinking boosted his self-confidence and caused him to challenge a group of lads who were insulting his friend.

They threw Alan into a bus shelter, breaking his collarbone.

The effect of alcohol on this individual is explored through scientific analysis and highlights how behaviour can change dramatically when drinking.

This is shown through interviews, reconstructions and scientific graphics.

This clip is from the series Drink & Drugs: My Story.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to help students to practice refusal strategies.

After watching the clip, ask students to consider alternative scenarios, where Alan says or does things differently.

The class could also take on the role of a counsellor, devising questions for Alan to help him carefully consider his experience and actions.

One student could take on the role of Alan and have to answer the questions put to him by the class.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for GCSE PSHE and Citizenship. This clip will be relevant for teaching teenagers about personal welfare and the effects of drink and drugs.

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Emily's experience of drinking alcohol at 16
Jordan's experience of drinking alcohol at 16
Jade's experience of taking mephedrone
Lorne's experience of smoking cannabis
Rose's experience of taking legal high drugs
Sam's experience of using ketamine