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Learning Activity: Exploring Alcohol Myths

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(CNN Student News) -- Students will learn about common alcohol-related myths.

Read the following statements to your class, and poll students to find out whether they think the statements are true or false:

  • Alcohol isn't a drug. (False)
  • You can't be an alcoholic if you only drink beer. (False)
  • All alcoholics are easy to recognize. (False)
  • All people are friendlier when they are drunk. (False)
  • Alcohol is a stimulant. (False)
  • A cold shower instantly sobers up a drunk person. (False)
  • Anyone who passes out from drinking should be put to bed. (False)
  • People who drink too much can only hurt themselves. (False)
  • Then, challenge student groups to conduct research to learn why these statements are false. Ask students to note other alcohol-related myths they might come across during their research. After groups share their findings, have them suggest ways to help young people avoid alcohol. Then, instruct students to draw upon their research and class discussions to create a resource brochure for their peers. Disseminate copies of the brochure to your school's nurse, counselor and media specialist.

    Extension: Have each group draw upon its research to create a concept for a public service announcement (PSA) that would compel young people to abstain from drinking alcohol. Students should create tag lines that reflect the messages of their PSAs. Instruct students to create storyboards and, if possible, videos of their PSAs and present them to the class.

    Correlated Standards


    Standard 9. Understands aspects of substance use and abuse

    Level III [Grade: 6-8]

    Benchmark 3. Knows the short- and long-term consequences of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

    Benchmark 4. Knows public policy approaches to substance abuse control and prevention

    Benchmark 5. Knows community resources that are available to assist people with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems

    Level IV [Grade: 9-12]

    Benchmark 1. Knows the short- and long-term effects associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on reproduction, pregnancy, and the health of children

    Benchmark 2. Knows how the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs often plays a role in dangerous behavior and can have adverse consequences on the community

    Benchmark 3. Understands that alcohol, tobacco, and other drug dependencies are treatable diseases/conditions

    McREL: Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education (Copyright 2000 McREL) is published online by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) ( link), 2550 S. Parker Road, Suite 500, Aurora, CO 80014.


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