This guideline covers school-based interventions to prevent and reduce alcohol use among children and young people. It aims to encourage children and young people not to drink, delay the age at which they start drinking and reduce the harm to those who do drink.  

Recommendations

This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Teachers, school governors and practitioners with health and wellbeing as part of their remit
  • Children, young people and their families or carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We reviewed the new evidence in January 2014 and we are updating this guideline. See the guideline in development page for progress on the update.

Next review: January 2019

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines

This guideline was previously called school-based interventions on alcohol. 

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.