Resources to support Alcohol Awareness Day in December

On Monday, December 5, schools across Maine will raise awareness about alcohol use and abuse for Alcohol Awareness Day.

Maine statute recognizes the need for schools to address alcohol issues. The statute reads, in part, “Alcohol Awareness Day shall be observed by studying for at least 45 minutes, the use of alcohol and the problems and dangers of alcohol abuse upon the individual, the family, and society.”

This Alcohol Awareness Day, consider using one or more of the following resources to prepare a message or activity to enhance your health education curriculum. Click on the titles to learn more.
When You Say No To Alcohol, What Are You Saying Yes To? (Maine Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) This video profiles five Maine students who discuss their interests and reasons for choosing not to drink.  The message is that despite assumptions, not all students drink. The video discussion guide can be found by clicking here.

Too Smart to Start (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Too Smart to Start helps prevent underage alcohol use by offering strategies & materials for youth, teens, families, educators, community leaders, professionals and volunteers.

Brain Power (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Brain Power takes students on an age-appropriate exploration of the science behind drug abuse, explaining the effects of drugs on the brain and body.  This curriculum program has modules spanning grades K-9.

Heads Up: Real News about Drugs and Your Body (Scholastic)

A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education, including alcohol.

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices Learning Center

Beyond observing Alcohol Awareness Day, it is important that Maine students be provided with education and awareness about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. This should be part of an SAU’s pre-K through high school health education curriculum and aligned to the Maine Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction, Health Education Standards.  Ongoing curriculum programs are a vital piece of alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention education.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control Program also offers an online guide to assist Maine schools in creating, updating, and enforcing a substance use policy.  The 2014 revised guide, Substance Use Policy: A Comprehensive Guide for School Policy Development, is available on the Maine CDC website.  It provides recommendations and practical suggestions for a complete policy, based on the latest available research and best practices.

Schools seeking assistance or ideas for planning an Alcohol Awareness Day activity can contact the Maine CDC Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control Program at (207) 287-8901 or tsup.cdc@maine.gov.