Teen Drinking: Alcohol and Sex Workshop
Teen drinking is part of UK youth culture and while parents, teachers and community leaders will have their own views about its morality, the most important thing is to ensure young people are protected from the worst of its effects.
Teen drinking can cause otherwise sensible individuals to make poor decisions. Although many teenagers drink without major problems, even a single bad decision can end in contracting an STD, becoming pregnant or suffering serious injury or death. Occasional teen drinking can also become addiction affecting all aspects of life including school work and career prospects.
The best form of protection is self-empowerment and 2020 Dreams Alcohol and Sex workshops are designed to provide teenagers and children with the skills that will help them to stay safe.
Teen Drinking and Decision-Making
Many teenagers drink alcohol because of its well-known ability to reduce inhibitions. Alcohol is a depressant which impairs the body’s ability to react to the environment.
Its positive effects include reducing anxiety and boosting confidence, both of which help with social bonding. This is why teen drinking should not be demonised – it is a perfectly understandable reaction to the pressures of growing up.
On the other hand, alcohol also slows thinking which can lead to impulsiveness and a tendency to be easily influenced. This can put teenage drinkers at the mercy of those who don’t have their best interests at heart – from sexual predators to peers looking to raise a cheap laugh.
Teen Drinking and Sex
Alcohol is often seen as a way to overcome the fear and inhibition that naturally precedes a first sexual relationship. However, the benefits of reduced anxiety can be outweighed by the negative effects of drinking such as nausea, confusion and impaired memory. Teen drinking can lead to risk-taking in terms of unprotected sex and even using contraceptives can be less effective when drunk (handling condoms can be more difficult while being sick can counter the effects of the pill).
Sexual predators may look to alcohol as a way to pressurise teenagers into sex or even to commit rape or sexual assault. Teens need to be aware of the dangers of leaving drinks unattended or accepting them from strangers due to the practice of ‘spiking’ with so-called ‘date rape drugs.’
Even teens within a relationship can make poor decisions around sex when drinking alcohol. It is important for teenagers to talk about what they want in terms of sexual activity before drinking since decisions made while drunk are not truly consensual due to the psychological effects of alcohol.
What Happens in a 2020 Dreams Alcohol and Sex Workshop?
A 2020 Dreams Alcohol and Sex Workshop opens up communication around sensitive issues of teen drinking and sexual relationships, enabling constructive steps to be taken to support teenage welfare.
Our DSB-checked and experienced workshop facilitators make use of powerful communication tools to enhance interaction and outcomes. One such tool is the themed role-play which puts participants into certain scenarios so that they can understand different viewpoints and practise skills they might later need in a social situation whether that is overcoming peer pressure to start drinking or intervening when a friend is in danger due to drink.
Another proven technique we employ is participant-led open forum discussions. This allows young people to bring up their own questions and life experiences, ensuring the workshop remains relevant to teens today.
If you are interested in booking or finding out more about our Alcohol and Sex workshop or other courses in our Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) or Life, Crime and Social Survival range please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0800 4714983
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