If you or one of your friends/members of your family drive you should never drink and drive as the potential impact on you and innocent parties can change lives forever.
Here are some facts and figures which we recommend you should read and discuss at school/with your parents/carers.
- Alcohol misuse costs England approximately £21bn per year in healthcare, crime and lost productivity costs
- It is estimated that 2.6 million children in the UK are living with parents who are drinking hazardously and 705,000 are living with dependent drinkers
- Average alcohol consumption has gradually fallen in many OECD countries between 1980 and 2009 with an average overall decrease of 9%. The United Kingdom however, has seen an increase of over 9% in these three decades
- Alcohol is a casual factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
- Each week, more than two people die and around 180 are injured in collisions on the roads in the Thames Valley alone.
- The number of young drivers who are killed or seriously injured is disproportionately high
- Young drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash because of inexperience, lack of knowledge and sometimes irresponsibility.
Download the Drink Aware Alcohol and young people resource. Find out more how the danger at http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/secondary/
Get information about the Safe Drive Stay Alive tour at http://www.safedrive.org.uk/
WATCH our video about the dangers of Drink/Drugs Driving
Do you teach to young people aged 11-14?
Check these useful resources from the Think! website – http://think.direct.gov.uk/resource-centre/key-stage-3
Do you teach to young people aged 12-16?
Check these useful resources from the Think! website – http://think.direct.gov.uk/resource-centre/key-stage-4
There are also lots of educational material for teachers at https://resources.drinkaware.co.uk/Education