Alcohol Awareness Session for Reading Students

READING Borough Council has been highlighting the risks associated with drinking alcohol to secondary school students this month.

The Council’s Community Alcohol Partnership Officer visited Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School on Friday 8th July, as part of Reading Secondary Schools PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Day.

Year 13 took part in an interactive alcohol awareness session that aimed to engage the students whilst highlighting the risks associated with drinking alcohol and the effect it has on your body and health, including how to stay safe if choosing to drink.

The successful afternoon received some great feedback from the students and teachers. The students were eager to take part. Feedback from students included: “The session has given me a new attitude to drinking as I did not know how long it took to work off alcohol.” Others said it had definitely made them less likely to drink.

Mr Caldwell, Head of 6th Form at Blessed Hugh Faringdon, praised the presentation. He said: “It is vital students understand the impact of alcohol on their health.”

Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Lead Member for Health, said: “It is so important that positive messages about the responsible use of alcohol are brought home to people, particularly young people. Engaging with students and carrying out education sessions plays a crucial part in reducing underage drinking across our town.”

Derek Lewis, National Chairman of Community Alcohol Partnerships, said: “Community Alcohol Partnerships are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods. Education of our young people is a key element of the project and so I’m particularly pleased to see strong partnerships being built with local schools through this type of initiative.”

The presentation will be repeated in November to year 12 pupils.


Notes for Editors:

PSHE education is defined as a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Its goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.


David Millward

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