Are one-off school alcohol education sessions enough to prevent harm?
There is little evidence that one-off alcohol education sessions, including those delivered by an outsider who visits the school, provide benefit in terms of behavioural change.
One-off alcohol education sessions may even be counter-productive if they increase young people’s interest in alcohol use. One-off or short term education sessions are not expected to be able to compete with other influences on young people’s attitudes and behaviours, including exposure to alcohol promotion.
Schools have a critical role in equipping young Australians with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to lead healthy lives. Alcohol and other drug education in WA schools is not mandatory and no one knows exactly what is going on – what is being taught, how much, how well, and with how much teacher training.
Teachers should be well supported to deliver regular, comprehensive, evidence-based alcohol and other drug education with appropriate teacher training, professional development and access to high quality resources.