Helping parents protect and inform their kids about alcohol

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Proven to delay drinking and reduce drunkenness

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Training teachers about protective life skills

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Enabling behaviour change and responsible choices

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Parent Area

Parents Area

Many parents feel lost and confused when talking to their children about alcohol. How can you help them deal with peer pressure and stay safe? What UK laws exist relating to young people and alcohol.

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Teacher Area

Teachers Area

Make PSHE and science lessons on alcohol informative and engaging. We provide evaluated, evidence based, imaginative teachers’ newsletter and adaptable resources, films, worksheets and lesson plans for KS3-5.

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Our Mission

Our vision is for young people to enter adulthood having a healthy relationship with alcohol. We engage pupils before they begin drinking, help them build resilience skills, know how to avoid risky situations and learn how to look after themselves and each other. The average age of a first whole drink in the UK is age 13 – far too young, and usually at home.

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The Programme

Our Programme LeafletsSchool is the one place where we can reach almost every child across the UK. We help schools deliver effective alcohol education to 11 – 18 year olds, provide teacher training as well as an outreach to parents…

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Our ProgrammeWhere our programme was in place, just 8% of pupils took up drinking over the 18 months from year 8 to the end of year 9 compared to 20% following other programmes…

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Parent & Teacher News

Alcohol Awareness Week 16-22 November 2015

Next week is Alcohol Awareness Week so we’d just like to remind you of the support we can offer your school . You can download our 100 page teacher workbook with everything you need to plan and deliver your lessons during the week via . Check out the resources on the teacher section of our website at where you can find our ‘Just a Few Drinks’ film and lesson plans. You will also find plenty of resources organised by topic and year group for ideas to help you through the week. Please feel free to be in touch if we can help in any way and don’t forget we are able to offer the following resources free of charge to UK schools: · AET Teacher Workbook (1 copy) · ‘Alcohol and You’ student guide (up to 250 copies) · ‘Talking to Kids about Alcohol’ parent guide (up to 250 copies) Just let Kate know if you’d like to order any of these for your school. on... read more

Nearly 4,000 children hospitalised with alcohol poisoning last year – including 52 aged under 11

The Daily Mirror reports that shock new figures from the Department of Health have sparked concerns about a potential rise in binge drinking to potentially fatal levels: ‘Hundreds of children are being rushed to hospital every month with alcohol poisoning, shock new figures show. Nearly 4,000 children were taken to A&E last year – including 52 under the age of 11 – said the Department for Health. Sarah Wollaston, chair of the Commons health select committee, warned: “It is a grave risk to young people’s health.” In total, 3,748 under-18s were admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning during 2012-13 – more than 300 a month. Dr Wollaston said: “We should be very concerned about who is supplying them.” The total number of booze-related admissions to hospital among young people is falling. But the number of cases of alcohol poisoning has sparked fears of a sharp rise in binge drinking. Dr Wollaston added: “It would be wrong to think this problem has gone away.” Among adults, there were almost 82,500 cases of alcohol poisoning in hospitals last year. And the total number of alcohol-related admissions to hospitals has soared by 12% since the Coalition came to power.... read more

Press Releases

Report on the parental engagement through schools in Halton

The AET have trialled a new approach with a group called Social Sense who run a programme called RU Different? in schools to make young people aware that most young people don’t smoke, get drunk or try drugs – we engaged with 9 schools across Halton to involve parents in a fun questionnaire about how many children in their school they thought were drinking and who supplied them with alcohol! We did this as the research shows that children in year 9 form their drinking habits largely based on the behaviours of parents and carers and the house rules we set them – and whether we stick to them too!. Often the problem for parents/guardians is the lack of knowledge of where to set boundaries, or how to begin conversations about alcohol with their children. We often base our expectations on ‘what we were doing at that age’, when in fact, underage drinking has halved over the past 20 years. Some of us are too laid back and others too strict – which can lead to unsupervised risky drinking – what we need is ‘tough love’! Piloted in 9 schools across Halton, we combined the latest technology with traditional emails and newsletters, to tempt parents to test their perceptions through five questions! Most encouraging of all is that 78% of parents/guardians said they will now change the way they talk to their children about alcohol! Click here to view the... read more

Can six lessons over 2 years in school on alcohol really affect the age that teenagers start drinking?

**Strictly under embargo until 00:01 (BST) Wednesday 2nd September 2015** Can six lessons over two years in school on alcohol really affect the age that teenagers start drinking? Over 40% of all the 4,400 children surveyed at outset had already had a whole drink, usually at home by age 12 or 13 (year 8). 36% of these children who were then taught the AET programme, chose not to drink at 15/16 years old, compared to only 21% who had not been exposed to the programme. Teens are more likely to drink if they have more siblings, have a poor relationship with their father or if their parents drink. A small charity based in the depths of Dorset has successfully proved that talking to children early enough in an engaging way, without preaching about alcohol, in just a few lessons over 2 years taught by the schools non-specialist teachers, can significantly delay the age kids decide to start drinking. The National Foundation for Education Research, leading evaluators who conduct the annual Smoking, drinking and drug use of young people report, followed the effect of the Alcohol Education Trust’s  ‘Talk about Alcohol’ programme among school children in England over 3 years (2011 – 2015). At the outset 4,500 pupils in 34 schools were recruited – 16 schools who delivered the lessons and 17 schools who didn’t were carefully matched for Ofsted ranking, number of free school meals and ethnic mix, for example.  You can read the executive summary of the report via By the end of Year 9 when the kids were on average aged 14, 4,000 children in 30 schools completed... read more

Thank-you so much for last night…. Parents were very appreciative and I think we can build on this for the future…. Once again many thanks for an informative and useful talk.

PSHE Coordinator

Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucs

Thank you for taking the time to visit us. We all gained a great deal of very valuable knowledge from your session. I hope you have a relaxing weekend. It’s very well deserved :-)


Gateshead Teacher Training Twilight session

Thank you so much for the resources. The section on units will be a great help for my students. In fact the whole book is fantastic.

Head of PSHCE

The Wye Valley School