What is good drug and alcohol education?

Why do we need good drug and alcohol education?

Since 2020, all state-funded schools in England and Wales have to deliver Health Education, along with Relationships Education in primary schools, and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools. DfE guidelines published in June 2019 outline what this should cover. This incorporates the majority of topics included under Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).

In addition to this there are other trends which make the delivery of effective drug and alcohol education in all schools vital for the health and wellbeing of young people.

What is good drug and alcohol education?

There is a considerable body of literature evaluating school-based intervention programmes aiming to prevent or reduce substance use. This identifies common characteristics of effective programmes and indicates the need to take account of students’ developmental stages in programme design and delivery.

Characteristics found to be common across effective intervention programmes included the following:

(UNODC 2018; Das et al. 2016; Lee et al. 2016; Warren 2016; see also Faggiano et al. 2014; Foxcroft and Tsertsvadze 2011).