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Response to Safe Social Sensible Consultation

The Drug Education Forum has submitted a response to the Department of Health’s consultation on the next steps in the alcohol strategy.

In part the response says:

It is our view that schools need to play a significant role in providing young people with their entitlement to information, advice and skill base around decision making on alcohol.

We believe that this is best delivered in the context of PSHE and that one of the steps that government should take to support this is to make PSHE a statutory subject.

The evidence for what is effective in alcohol education is slowly growing. EUDAP, School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project and Blueprint all suggest promising ways forward for school based alcohol education.

The Forum also says:

We believe that health messages should be part of print advertising; but it is also vital that young people receive education to help them interpret the risks they might face if they drink and the advertising of alcohol that they see.

The full response is available for download.

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