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Children and young adults try alcohol this is a fact. Recent research suggests that the majority of children have tried alcohol. Alcohol is a drug and can be very dangerous.
|1. What is the legal age at which you can purchase alcoholic drinks? Tick the correct answer.|
|16 years - 18 years - 21 years|
|2. What do you think of drinking (under the
legal age), under the supervision of your parents / guardians?
You may consider this as fine, as your parents keep an eye on you and make sure that you only have a glass of wine with a meal.
|3. What do you think of
drinking under the age of 18, without the knowledge of your parents /
guardians? What can it lead to?
Consider the following points - Drinking with friends or with groups - what can happen if you drink too much - accidents and violence - drinking at parties.
|4. Why do you think young people start to drink alcohol? The key words / phrases may help you answer this question.|
FEELING LIKE AN ADULT
BECAUSE THEIR FRIENDS DRINK
REDUCES INHIBITIONS - PEOPLE DO THINGS THEY WOULD NORMALLY NOT DO
|5. Listed below are some of the short term and long term dangers of young people drinking alcohol? Place an ‘S’ next to short term dangers and a ‘L’ next to long term dangers.|
RISKY BEHAVIOURS LIKE DRUG USE
LOSS OF APPETITE
HIGH RISK FOR OVERDOSING
ALTERED PERCEPTIONS AND EMOTIONS
CIRRHOSIS AND CANCER OF THE LIVER
SERIOUS VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES
HEART AND CENTRAL NERVOUS
|6. What is ‘binge’ drinking?|
|Which of the following facts are true / false?|