Evaluate the strategies for managing the impact of internal and external influences on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse.
<p>To realize if there is a problem with alcohol by reflecting on the student's reasons to drink.
Video: Do you have a drinking problem?
Alcohol Abuse Self-Test
Write objectives and guiding questions on the board.
Start session by asking the following questions:
Do you know a friend or family member who has a drinking problem?
How do you know they have a drinking problem?
Have you been affected by their drinking problem?
Make sure that you solicit specific examples of alcohol abuse. If not, share some examples and ask if they agree with those examples.
Inform the participants that they are going to watch a video of a doctor who explains how easy it is to point out when an individual has a drinking problem.
After watching video, ask the following questions:
-What strategy does doctor Jason Giles use to identify a drinking problem?
-What does each letter of the CAGE stand for?
-Ask if they agree with the strategy to identify if an individual has a drinking problem. Make sure that participants support their opinions with reasons as to why they agree or not.
Explain to participants that there are other ways to identify a drinking problem.
Give each student a copy of the alcohol abuse self-test and ask them to complete it. Explain to them that a NO equals to 0 and a YES equals to 1.
When you can observe that most participants have finished, ask the following questions:
-If your results are low, why do you think so?
Ask other participants to comment on their own results.
After a couple of participants share their own findings explain to participants that a score of 2 or more indicates that they may be at greater risk to abuse alcohol.
Explain that if someone responded yes to more than 8 questions, they may have a reason to seek assistance at a personal level.
As a final activity, ask participants if they can use some of the concepts learned to help others or themselves to become aware of substance abuse problems. If so, how? Ask participants to share some of their ideas.