SecondaryHealth & Wellbeing

Alcohol KS3 – Introductory PSHE lesson with resources

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PowerPoint and PDFs

Key Stage



Years 7-9

This introductory alcohol KS3 lesson makes students aware of what alcohol is, why people drink it and the associated risks. It encourages them to make informed decisions in the future and stay safe from harm.

Alcohol education can be a personal and sensitive topic to some young people. Students may have family members or close friends who are affected by alcohol dependency or other issues explored in these resources (job loss, violence, mental health problems).

Be aware of the significance of your students’ religious identification, which can make this topic
a sensitive one. Some religious beliefs prohibit the use of alcohol, whereas others support
drinking in moderation.

This resource encourages open discussion but be aware of your class’s needs and circumstances and tailor the resources accordingly.

This lesson plan makes use of distancing techniques in order to depersonalise the topic of alcohol. Using scenario work allows students to explore their feelings about issues safely.

Alcohol KS3 download contents

  • Introducing alcohol presentation
  • Introducing alcohol curriculum links
  • Alcohol education guidance notes

Fact or fiction?

This activity challenges students to think carefully about their own opinions and thoughts on
alcohol, before placing themselves on a continuum line.

  1. Label one end of the room ‘strongly agree’ and the other end ‘strongly disagree’, drawing
    an imaginary line between the two. Explain that the middle will represent those who feel
    ‘unsure’ of their opinion.
  2. Explain to the class that you are going to read out a number of statements about alcohol.
  3. Ask the students to think about their opinion in relation to the statement, and invite them
    to go and stand at the point on the line where they feel their views correspond.
    Below each statement is information to incorporate into the class discussion. You will also find
    these statements on the Introducing alcohol presentation, slides 5 to 15.

Drinkaware is an independent charity which aims to reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking.

Alcohol KS3 PSHE lesson
Alcohol KS3 – Introductory PSHE lesson with resources
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