Alcohol free Support for Adults & Education Programmes for Teenagers
Alcohol free living is a passion of mine both for myself and as a mother to four children. I have teamed up with my fellow alcohol free associate Dawn Jackson to offer a range of support to adults looking to embrace the power of going sober as a positive lifestyle choice. Together we have developed Sober Success Cards which are available now on Etsy, alongside a range of effective hypnosis MP3’s.
We also recognise that teenagers are facing increasingly difficult circumstances during the current pandemic relating to parental drinking in the home and their own drinking habits and mental health. With this in mind, we now offer an online-based alcohol awareness programme designed to equip educators and caregivers with tools to discuss alcohol with teenagers in a relatable way. Alcohol awareness programs can help improve outcomes for young people and delay the age of the first drink. We are confident our programme will enable you to impact students’ attitudes towards alcohol. Read more about this below and get in touch to discuss your individual setting.
Alcohol free Support for Adults
When alcohol free living is so incredible (which it is) why does it often feel like a has to be a secret? Something you will be judged on, something you should keep to yourself?
Do you find that there’s a stigma attached to telling people you’re sober? It’s often the perception of others that for you to give up drinking you must have hit rock bottom. The suspicion that you’ve been pouring vodka on your cornflakes to take such drastic action. Or the idea that you are now going to be so incredibly boring. The truth is most people want to drink less!
Alcohol Awareness Programme for Educators
Our alcohol awareness programme is now available as a step-by-step video training series designed to equip teachers and caregivers with up to date relatable knowledge to run engaging workshops with teenagers that help them question the role alcohol plays in their life.
This programme is jam-packed with over 5 hours of video content (in total), a wealth of supplementary resources and student worksheets that enable you to tailor the sessions you deliver in an age appropriate way. We will show you how to challenge common beliefs surrounding alcohol and empower students to understand all of the options available to them.
The facilitation process can be amended to suit the requirements of the group. However, the guidance of structure indicates that 3 x 2 hour slots work well for both learners and facilitators.
What are the benefits of bringing this course to your teenagers?
Health education plays a critical role in children’s development and as we all know, alcohol consumption is something young people are often exposed to from an early age.
Think for a moment: How much education do children get from their environment? Chances are, the only education they receive is from what they see happening around them. This influence can be either positive or negative, depending on the Childs environment.
Studies have shown this!
Teenagers (aged 11-15) in England are more likely to drink if they live with other people who drink alcohol. 85% of these pupils who did not live with anyone who drank alcohol had never drunk alcohol themselves, compared with 33% of pupils who lived with three or more drinkers (1).
There was a strong relationship between pupils’ drinking behaviour and their perception of their parents’ attitudes to their drinking. There simply isn’t enough education around alcohol in the educational setting in the form of interaction, conversation, fun and empowerment.
Of pupils who had never drunk alcohol, three-quarters (75%) said that their parents would not like them to drink. 83% of pupils who had drunk in the last week said that their parents did not mind them drinking as long as they didn’t drink too much (2).
The influence comes from peers as well as family environment. Pupils were most likely to think that people of their age drink to look cool in front of their friends (74%), because their friends pressure them into it (62%), to be more sociable with friends (61%), or because it gives them a buzz (60%). By tackling these societal norms, by showing teenagers that there is another way, by conversing, listening, understanding and teaching – teenagers form their own views, which will support them from peer pressure and following others’ views around alcohol.
So, what is different about us?
Our programmes are not about teaching the children from the top down. They are conversational, there are real stories of real life people, who started out as teenagers trying to look cool in front of their friends.
As you will see from the lessons included, you will see that we show teenagers how our perception of alcohol is different from the reality. We empower the individual by giving them the truth about alcohol, without shame, without dictating.
Our programmes are interactive and have a high focus on empowering the individual to form their own opinion on alcohol and if they choose to drink. We are changing the narrative around alcohol. It is not necessary to accept that it is a rite of passage to get blackout drunk when you are going through your teenage years.
Perhaps most importantly in all of this: 61% of students surveyed said they are very interested in learning more on how to stay safe and alcohol free (3). Teenagers themselves are asking to learn more about alcohol. We at AFvibe blend the education and the connection in our programmes so that students don’t feel like they are being taught and told not to drink; instead they are being empowered to learn and make their own informed decisions around alcohol.
How we make change happen
Alcohol awareness programs can delay the age of the first drink and we are confident our programme will enable you to relate to and impact students’ attitudes towards alcohol. The view that teenagers getting drunk ‘is a rite of passage’ is one that we challenge and it is our mission to support students to challenge this themselves. The programme outline is summarised below, you will receive 6 x 45 mins of videos and a full pack of resources and worksheets to use with students.