Alcohol Use Prevention

Alcohol Use Prevention 

The S.A.P.T.'s AlcoholEdu Program

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America's teens -- and kills more teens than all other illicit drugs combined.

According to a 2010 report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), almost three out of every four high school students (72%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of their senior year….8th grade to 10th grade, the number of students who drank alcohol in the last month nearly doubled.

Each year, alcohol abuse costs the United States an estimated $185 billion, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). 

AlcoholEdu for 9th Grade High School students is an evidence-based, online alcohol prevention program and is supported by the Drug Free Community Support Program Grant.

AlcoholEdu takes a project-based approach to learning, giving Weymouth High School 9th grade students the opportunity to travel through a community to better understand the risks around drinking alcohol. 

Students travel through different points in the community (the town hall, a pizza place, a friend's house), student progress unlocks various tools to help them design a billboard containing positive social messages they have learned throughout the course. 

The Interactive format helps students understand how their decisions impact their own lives and their community.

AlcoholEdu incorporates multiple evidence-based learning theories to drive changes in students’ attitudes and behaviors.

Special thanks to 9th grade Health Educator Sara Lohmeyer for all her hard work to make this program a success.

 

Weymouth Youth Coalition Annual Sticker Shock Campaign and Weymouth Youth Coalition Annual Takeout Food Campaign

To raise public awareness about the minimum drinking age law and to discourage adults from providing alcohol to minors during Thanksgiving week when alcohol sales are brisk and alcohol related crime is high.  Students affix 200 stickers on bags and hang up to 6 posters in each store at package stores and restaurants throughout Weymouth.  Posters are also hung at Chapman Middle School and Weymouth High School.

Sample Stickers and posters: