Does health education have a positive impact on 11-16 year olds drinking patterns in Inverclyde
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The focus ofthis investþation is to identifr whether alcohol health education has a positive impact on the drinking patterns of 11 - 16 year olds in the Inverclyde locality of Scotland. This specific area was selected as the focal point of the study due to increasing alcohol health and social problems in the district, which are above the national rates. It is therefore essential to identify whether health education in Inverclyde is performed effectively and successfully educates young people on sensible drinking, in order to reduce alcohol-associated problems in the area for the future. Qualitative methods of enquiry were adopted to pursue the objectives. Eight professional participants engaged in alcohol health education were interviewed to ascertain their knowledge and involvement in the tight of ctrrent health educational carnpaþs. Nine young people were interviewed to identifu their knowledge on alcohol and the factors that influence their decision to drink, along with their level of campaign-awareness and the related effect. A school health day was attended to investigate the teaching techniques involved in the process of alcohol education. A goup discussion was set up with a class of 22 pupils, who had attended the alcohol education section of the health day, to identify their opinions about the session and the impact of the techniques used. The general findings concluded that the current health educational campaigns have been successfirl in certain aspects of the educational process. However, in order to produce a positive impact on young people's drinking pattems in the area, the campaigns have to be adapted, which will in turn have a beneficial impact on the health and social problems in Inverclyde.
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