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Lesson 7: Alcohol: Get the Facts


In this lesson, students explore the effects of alcohol, with an emphasis on the dangers of binge drinking. Students begin by brainstorming what they know about the physical, mental, social and legal consequences of alcohol use. They review norms around teens and alcohol use and examine the issues of binge drinking and driving under the influence. Then they complete a questionnaire to personalize ways alcohol use could negatively affect their lives and analyze the benefits of being alcohol free.

Note: If time is limited, the assessment activity sheet may be completed as homework.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Summarize the harmful short- and long-term physical, psychological and social effects of alcohol use.
  2. Analyze the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.
  3. Summarize the importance of not riding with a driver who’s been using alcohol.
  4. Describe the harmful effects of binge drinking.
  5. Analyze the benefits of remaining alcohol free.

Time: 60 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • AOD-5: Avoid driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs
  • AOD-6: Avoid riding in a motor vehicle with a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.1: Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.8: Analyze personal susceptibility to injury, illness, or death if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
  • Performance Indicator 1.12.9: Analyze the potential severity of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors
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