Lesson 1: Alcohol

Learning about drinking responsibly and the risks associated with the overconsumption of alcohol

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand the risks of alcohol

Statutory guidance

  • Children should know the facts about legal and illegal harmful substances and associated risks, including smoking, alcohol use and drug-taking.
  • National curriculum > Science > Animals including humans > Pupils should learn how to keep their bodies healthy and how their bodies might be damaged – including how some drugs and other substances can be harmful to the human body.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could just consider the risks associated with consuming alcohol rather than both the positives and negatives.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged during the activity to divide the consequences of excessive use into short and long term effects. They could also look at alcoholic units to understand more about what excessive use might mean.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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