Home > Alcohol harm reduction education gains credibility in UK.

Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2019) Alcohol harm reduction education gains credibility in UK. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. Drug and Alcohol Findings Research Analysis

[img]
Preview
PDF (1. Alcohol harm reduction education gains credibility in UK)
97kB
[img]
Preview
PDF (2. Can a harm reduction ethos restore drug education’s effectiveness credentials?)
161kB

1. Trialled in schools in Northern Ireland and Scotland, an alcohol harm reduction curriculum for secondary schools plus a parental component led to fewer pupils drinking heavily at a single sitting, but without significantly reducing harm related to the child’s drinking.

Key points from summary and commentary

  • Aiming to reduce alcohol-related harm, the Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme (STAMPP) combined alcohol education in secondary schools with an attempt to involve parents in more actively seeking to regulate their children’s drinking.
  • Trialled in schools in Northern Ireland and Scotland, set against usual education it led to fewer pupils drinking heavily at a single sitting, but without significantly reducing harm related to the child’s drinking.
  • Bolstered by this study, school-based programmes aiming to reduce harm rather than prevent drinking per se have a limited but relatively good research record in the UK. 

[Referenced article: Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme (STAMPP): a school-based and community-based cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8, (3), e019722.]

 

2. Strong argument for harm reduction to be the basis of standard drug education within schools from this large-scale Australian trial. Alcohol-related findings 15 months after the two-year programme ended showed its residual effectiveness in reducing pupils’ alcohol consumption and related harm.

 

Key points from summary and commentary

  • The Drug Education in Victorian Schools programme delivered harm reduction and skills-focused substance use education to secondary school pupils over a two-year period.
  • The featured study evaluated the programme’s residual effectiveness a year after pupils stopped receiving lessons through this programme.
  • Between baseline and the follow-up there were several statistically significant findings, including a greater increase in knowledge about drugs among intervention pupils, less of an increase in alcohol consumption, a decrease in alcohol-related harm, and fewer risky drinkers.
Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Education and training
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:16 January 2019
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
EndNote:View
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention programme or service
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Prevention through information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
N Communication, information and education > Education by subject > Substance use education
N Communication, information and education > Educational level > Primary education level
N Communication, information and education > Educational level > Secondary education level
T Demographic characteristics > Prevention worker
T Demographic characteristics > Parent
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

Repository Staff Only: item control page