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Alcohol: Just The Facts

Alcohol is known as a ‘’depressant’’ because it can slow down parts of your brain

This can affect your thinking, behaviour and even your heart rate.

Drinking and the law

It’s against the law

  • For someone under 18 to buy alcohol or for an adult to buy alcohol for them
  • For someone under 18 to drink alcohol in licensed premises like a pub or bar, except where the child is 16 or 17 years old and accompanied by an adult. In this case it is legal for them to drink (but not buy) beer, wine and cider with a meal

Three things to remember to keep yourself safe

  1. Don’t leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers – someone could add something to it without you knowing
  2. Look after yourself and your friends – be aware of your surroundings
  3. If a person is under the influence of alcohol, they are not legally able to give consent to engage in sexual activity

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your school nurse.

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