CCLD 301

Outcome: 301.3 Case studies - Child Development 12-16 years

The facts about drinking • • • • • • • • • • • 10% of twelve-fifteen year-old drinkers say they buy their own alcohol 66% of 15 year-olds have bought booze 36% of thirteen year-old and 44% of 14 year-old drinkers prefer alcopops 14-15 year-olds say they like strong, cheap, pleasant-tasting drinks 48% of 15 year-old boys and 40% of 15 year-old girls have had a drink in the last week 84% of 12 year-olds have drunk alcohol by the age of 16, 94% of young people have tried it 33% of 15 year-olds drink alcohol in a bar at least once a week and 52% of fifteen year-olds say they either drink at home or at a friend's house over 5% of 14-15 year-olds, and just under 10% of 15-16 year-olds drink beyond the recommended maximum limits of regular consumption the maximum limits of regular consumption recommended for adults - 21 alcohol units per week for men, 14 per week for women. 10% of underage drinkers have been either been too hungover to go to school the next day, have needed a drink in the morning or have got into trouble at school as a result of drinking • 40% of 13 and 14 year-olds were 'drunk or stoned' when they first had sex

Sources:

1. Institute of Alcohol Studies 2. Alcohol Concern Fact sheet 3. 3. The 1998/99 Youth Lifestyles Survey.

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CCLD 301
Outcome: 301.3 Case studies - Child Development 12-16 years Case study (Drinking) Suzi, aged 14 years, has started to go out regularly at the weekends to a local disco with a group of friends. Initially, Suzi obeyed house rules and was back around 11.30pm. Last weekend however, she did not appear until 1am and her parents were very worried about her. When she arrived home she was clearly drunk and vomited over the kitchen floor. She then started to cry and told her parents that an older boy had given her the drink and she didn’t want to refuse, as she really liked him. Suzi thought she had been alone with the boy at one stage and became really frightened because she could not remember what had happened or how she had got home. How should Suzi’s parents deal with this situation?

Case Study (Smoking)
Becky is 13 years old and is having her girlfriends for a sleep over. Her mother thinks she smells cigarette smoke when the friends arrive but does not take too much notice of it. That night, Becky’s mother is tidying away the girls’ coats. One of them has fallen on the floor. When she goes to pick it up a packet of ten cigarettes falls out. Becky’s mother is shocked. What advice would you give to her?

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