Play depicts dangers of excessive alcohol

Performing arts students from St Helens College
Performing arts students from St Helens College
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SECONDARY school pupils have been learning about the dangers of excessive alcohol thanks to a drama performance.

The play, called Intoxicated, was pioneered by St Helens Council’s Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT) to highlight the potential risks and consequences of

excessive alcohol use.

Performing arts students from St Helens College acted out the 20 minute play to year eight students, to stress themes such as overdose leading to hospital admission, violence and aggression, the impact on relationships - and other immediate risks linked to alcohol.

The play also explored how social media can impact on young people and how quickly videos and images can be shared across the internet.

St Helens Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Jeanie Bell, who watched the performance at Hope Academy, said: “These performances are an expressive way of delivering key messages to students, to educate them on the dangers surrounding alcohol in a way they can relate to.”

Young people and parents can keep in touch with key messages from YPDAAT

through the newly launched Youth Action Zone (YAZ) Facebook page, which

also includes a range of advice and information from the TAZ (Teen Advice

Zone) Outreach Team and the council’s Youth Service.

Helpful links signpost visitors to advice and support on issues affecting

children and young people in the borough – such as drug and alcohol misuse,

and staying safe when out and about.

‘Like’ YAZ on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/yazsthelens/ or visit sthelens.gov.uk/ypdaat.