What influences

This activity allows students to work in small groups to discuss the factors affecting a persons' decision to drink.

Key Messages:

  • Learning to "just say no" is not as easy as it sounds. There are many different influences in a person's life that can affect his/her ability to decide to, or decide not to, drink alcohol



To do before: Photocopy all four case studies for each small group.

  • Discuss as a large group the various personal and social factors that influence a person's decision to drink
    • This can include the following:

      To fit in, their environment, curiosity, peer pressure, boredom, stress, escape, for fun, media/advertising, to be cool, addiction. (Your students can come up with other ideas)
  • Write down these ideas on the blackboard or flip chart
  • Divide the class into small groups
  • Hand out all four case studies to each group
  • Have students identify the various factors that are affecting the person's decision to drink alcohol (they can write these down on a separate piece of paper)
  • Take up the answers as a large group (each small group can provide an answer to each of the case studies)

Curriculum Expectation:

C3.3 - Identify personal and social factors (e.g., emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, cultural, legal, media, and peer influences) that can affect a person's decision to drink alcohol at different points in his or her life.

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