73% of European Countries require alcohol prevention in school

The World Health Organisation in Europe report that 73% of European countries have a legal obligation to include alcohol prevention in the school curriculum and just over half have national guidelines for the prevention and reduction of alcohol-related harm in school settings.

As readers of my last post will know England, unfortunately, won’t be part of that majority that require school based alcohol prevention.  This despite the fact that the country comes 9th for early drunkenness according to the Health Behaviours in School-age Children report.

But they can however point to NICE guidance on interventions in schools to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people.

I can’t help noticing that the NICE guidance was produced in November 2007 and is due to be reviewed again next year.

One can only hope that it doesn’t suffer the fate of the guidance on sex and relationships education and alcohol which has been in suspended animation for the last three years.

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