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.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- alcohol education
- adopting a ‘whole school’ approach
- one-to-one advice or referrals to an external service
- working with a range of local partners
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?
Guideline development process
This guideline was previously called school-based interventions on alcohol.
The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals and practitioners are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or the people using their service. It is not mandatory to apply the recommendations, and the guideline does not override the responsibility to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual, in consultation with them and their families and carers or guardian.
Local commissioners and providers of healthcare have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual professionals and people using services 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 complying with those duties.
Commissioners and providers have a responsibility to promote an environmentally sustainable health and care system and should assess and reduce the environmental impact of implementing NICE recommendations wherever possible.