Should we teach teenagers to drink more safely?

McKay M.T., McBride N.T., Sumnall H.R. et al. ‘Reducing the harm from adolescent alcohol consumption: results from an adapted version of SHAHRP in Northern Ireland’. Journal of Substance Use: 2012, 17(2), p. 98–121.

As in Australia, an alcohol harm reduction curriculum adapted for secondary schools in Northern Ireland curbed the growth in alcohol-related problems and also meant pupils drank less. Results suggest this approach might offer a more fruitful focus for education about commonly used substances than simply promoting non-use.