Analyze the role of individual, family, community, and cultural norms on the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Diagram: Alcohol, Individual and Environment. Draw a graph similar to the one in the article writing the word "Alcohol Influences" and then 2 columns: one with "Internal" and the second one with "External" labels.
Article: Alcohol, Individual and Environment.
Prepare copies of the article. The number of copies must be half of the number of participants.
Write objectives and guiding questions on the board.
Introduce topic by describing, activity name, content standard, and objectives.
Initiate the activity by asking the following questions:
-How early in life did we start drinking?
-Did we notice close family members drinking alcohol when we were young? Who were they?
-What other aspects of our early life as youngsters, influenced us to try alcohol for the first time?
Inform the participants that we will discuss the internal and external influences that contribute to the consumption of alcohol of individuals.
Point to the diagram you prepared and ask participants to assist you identify the internal and external influences that affect how an individual is influenced to drink or not to drink and abuse alcohol.
Make sure that participants contribute at least 2 items for each category and categorize their answers on the right column.
After you observe that there are no more ideas about influences, distribute the article, "Alcohol, Individual and Environment".
Divide the participants into at least two groups. Have one of the groups focus on the "Individual" aspect of influences and the other on the "Environment".
Add as an instruction that each group must identify at least 3 different influences and be ready to share with the group at large why they chose those particular influences.
After the groups have enough time to read their assigned section, ask for individuals to share their findings.
As they offer their choices and reasons for those choices, make sure you categorize their answers on the diagram.
Ask if they have any particular influence that was not identified in the article or the discussion.
As a culminating activity, ask participants if there are ways to diminish the influences that affect individuals to begin drinking.
Guide them to look at diagram on the board and have them analyze the content, knowing what we know about internal and external influences, to avoid or manage how to diminish the effects of those influences.