Alcohol awareness takes centre stage in schools

A drama performance highlighting the potential risks and consequences of
excessive alcohol use has proved to be a big hit after touring secondary
schools across St Helens.

Pioneered by St Helens Council’s Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Team
(YPDAAT), Performing Arts students from St Helens College acted out a 20 minute play titled ‘Intoxicated’ to Year 8 students, to stress themes such as overdose leading to hospital admission, violence and aggression, the impact on relationships – and other immediate risks linked to alcohol.

The play also explored how social media can impact on young people and how quickly videos and images can be shared across the internet.

St Helens Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Jeanie Bell, who watched the performance at Hope Academy, said: “These performances are an expressive way of delivering key messages to students, to educate them on the dangers surrounding alcohol in a way they can relate to.”

Young people and parents can keep in touch with key messages from YPDAAT through the newly launched Youth Action Zone (YAZ) Facebook page, which also includes a range of advice and information from the TAZ (Teen Advice Zone) Outreach Team and the council’s Youth Service.

Helpful links signpost visitors to advice and support on issues affecting
children and young people in the borough – such as drug and alcohol misuse, and staying safe when out and about.

‘Like’ YAZ on Facebook by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/yazsthelens/

You can also visit their website at: www.sthelens.gov.uk/ypdaat