Thinking About Drinking

Key Fact

A drug changes the way your mind and body works.

Alcohol is a drug. It is a poison and a depressant.

PC Kerslake’s Advice

PC Kerslake’s Advice

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Top Tips


  • There is no safe limit for alcohol for children because your body is still growing. Alcohol can harm the developing brain and body.
  • Although alcohol is legal there are several laws governing its use.
  • Don’t accept a lift if the driver has been drinking.
  • Be aware that the strength of alcoholic drinks can vary. For example, Shandy has 1%, Cider 4%, Alcopops like Reef 5%, Wine 12%, and Vodka often has 40%.

Things to Make You Think!

PC Jones says:

  • Police can confiscate alcohol from young people drinking it in the street.
  • 16 and 17 year olds can drink wine, beer or cider with a meal if it is bought by an adult in an area designated for meals.
  • It is against the law for a shopkeeper or publican to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 18.
  • It is against the law to drive with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.


Your school police officer will help you

  • know the effects and risks from use of alcohol,
  • know the laws related to alcohol, and
  • understand the effect on other people.

Question and Answer

Question: Why do people drink alcohol?
Answer: Alcohol is often drunk on social occasions such as weddings, parties etc.
Question: How does alcohol consumption affect a person’s behaviour or their safety?
Answer: Alcohol causes people to relax, take risks and do things they may not want to do.
Question: What problems could be caused by young people drinking in public places?
Answer: It can vary from being loud and disturbing other people, to aggressive, violent behaviour.
Question: What is binge drinking?
Answer: Binge drinking is when a man drinks more than 8 units in one session or a woman drinks more than 6 units in one session.

Big Quiz: Ages in Law

For help about drugs, phone Dan 24/7 on

0808 808 2234

Calls are free from most landlines.

Calls from mobiles may be charged depending on your network.

Drink Line provides confidential information and advice about alcohol-related problems and can refer you to a local agency. You can call them on

0800 917 8282

Calls are free from most landlines.

Calls from mobiles may be charged depending on your network.

Al-Anon Family Groups provides self-help groups for people who are affected by someone else’s drinking.

0207 403 0888

Standard rate call.

Call charges will depend on your network.