Alcohol & Drugs

We have designed a programme for students which allows them to step back and explore the personal dynamics which make drugs / alcohol so ‘attractive’ and why other options can be healthier and more effective in meeting their needs.

The programme is educational in informing the students of the consequences of abusing alcohol and drugs but formative in discovering alternative ways to ‘chilling’ and ‘getting high’.

The structure and duration of this programme is customised to the needs of each school and can be discussed with the AchieveNI team. All sessions include attractive powerpoint presentations, interaction between students and trainers, and among students themselves.

Course outline:

  • Introducing the topic
  • Discussion activity – their current experience and knowledge
  • ‘Be Aware’ session
  • What is a drug and how do they work?
  • Effects on the body and brain
  • The attraction of Drugs and Alcohol
  • The Downside in terms of yourself and others
  • Where are you in your life right now?
  • When are you vulnerable?
  • Most common drugs in use – the ‘Drug Box'
  • Activity in Small Groups – ‘Positive Attitudes’
  • Facts around Nicotine - effects & dangers
  • Facts around Alcohol - effects & dangers


"Drugs, alcohol and ego. They are a bad mix."
Don Dokken

"Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism."
Carl Jung

"Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you - and kill you the long, slow, hard way"
Billie Holiday