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Newsletter for Scotland
Edition 3 - Autumn Term 2020

Welcome to the third edition of our newsletter for Scotland! Many of you will have spoken to or met Brian Gibson, who over the last two years has introduced the Alcohol Education Trust ‘Talk about Alcohol’ programme to over 200 schools and youth organisations. Before lockdown, Brian had hosted 20 plus workshops and training sessions for over 200 professionals and we have supported over 100 schools and organisations in areas as widespread as Moray, Angus, Orkney, Aberdeen, Fife, Lanarkshire and Ayr as well as Glasgow and Edinburgh up to September end this year. Brain is available to support you via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, by phone or email

We have enjoyed building on links made at the Scottish Guidance Association conference last year, enabling us to support schools in new local authority areas such as Moray and Angus.

Training for secondary schools across Moray hosted by Elgin High School

Training staff at Arbroath High School

Since lockdown we have moved our training and support on how to use our lesson plans, games and resources to online. Please do contact to book. We have designed some fantastic new online resources to aid both face to face and distance learning. This is free of charge and focuses on the resources you can view via


New resources

AET PowerPoints and lesson plans

Launched in July, our set of six lesson plans and guidance suitable for S2, S3 and S4 with accompanying PowerPoints aim to provide teachers with enjoyable and effective alcohol education lessons with minimal planning and preparation. We have been delighted with the demand for these lessons and have received 143 requests for them since mid-July!

If you work in a school and would like free access to the lessons, please contact for details of how to download and log in.

A reminder of the resources available

Remember, we are able to offer the following resources free of charge to all schools:

AET Teacher Workbook - 100 pages of lesson plans and activities organised by topic and year group. We have a Scotland-specific version available. You can download this via

'Alcohol and You' student guide- containing top tips and factual information for young people.

'Taking to Kids about Alcohol' parent guide - offering tips and advice on how to keep children safe around alcohol.

* - contains a wealth of resources around alcohol education.

* - a pupil-facing interactive online learning zone.

To order resources, please contact .

We also offer engaging and informative teacher/staff training sessions and parent talks. Please contact for further details.

Do you work with children who are in care or have Additional Support Needs?

We have funding available to support schools and organisations who work with a high proportion of pupils who are Looked After or have ASN with free training, toolkit and online resources.

We have a wonderful activity box which contains the BAFTA-winning DVD 'Just a few Drinks' and laminated activity and quiz cards. These resources have been especially designed to support pupils with ASN or children who are at higher risks of alcohol related harms and are particularly suitable for use in small group or one to one settings. Age suitability 11- 18.

If you work with these groups of children and would like to receive an activity pack (usually £60) free of charge, please email .

International survey of 220,000 young people finds Health Behaviours are generally improving, including in Scotland

Every four years, the amazing Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC), a WHO collaborative cross-national study, has provided information about the health, well-being, social environment and health behaviour of 11- 13- and 15-year-old boys and girls for over 30 years. The 2017/2018 survey report presents data from over 220 000 young people in 45 countries and regions in Europe and Canada.

The report reveals trends on a large range of issues such as relations with family, peers, school and online, mental health, weight and body image, and of course key health behaviours (patterns of eating, physical activity and tooth brushing) and risk behaviours (use of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis, sexual behaviour, fighting and bullying). New items on electronic media communication and cyberbullying are new to this latest report.


Approximately 80% of lifetime alcohol use is initiated in adolescence in high- and middle-income countries. Whilst there has been a downward trend in alcohol consumption amongst adolescents in Scotland and weekly drinking among teenagers in Scotland is around average when compared with other European countries there is still a commitment to reduce alcohol consumption further.

Weekly drinking adolescents were asked how often they drank alcohol. Overall 8% of young people reported drinking alcohol every week and this increased with age: 2% of 11–year olds compared with 4% of 13–year olds and 16% of 15–year olds. There were no differences between girls at boys at any age.

The HBSC survey has asked young people about weekly alcohol consumption since 1990. The highest rates were seen in 1998 when 45% of 15–year olds were weekly drinkers (Figure 12.8). Since then, rates of weekly drinking have generally been declining. Although the most recent Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) shows that drinking is on the rise again amongst Scottish teenagers.

You can read the full report via: via:

Alcohol Education Trust

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