So, What's the Problem?

Key Fact

What is a drug?

A drug is something that changes the way your mind and body works.

PC Jackson’s Advice

Top Tips


  • There is no safe limit for alcohol for children because your body is still growing. Alcohol can harm the developing brain and body.
  • Solvents are dangerous chemicals, which are bad for your health.
  • Drinking alcohol slows down your reactions and makes you more likely to have an accident or behave in an unsafe way.
  • Solvents can be found in the home and should be stored safely away from young children.
  • Be aware that the strength of alcoholic drinks can vary. For example, Shandy has 1%, Cider 4%, Alcopops like Reef 5%, Wine 12%, and Vodka often has 40%.

Things to Make You Think!

PC Jones says:

  • It is illegal to give alcohol to a child under five.
  • A child under 14 may enter a public house accompanied by an adult, but may not go into the bar where drinks are served.
  • It is illegal for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol.
  • Shopkeepers cannot sell you alcohol or solvents if you are under the age of 18.


Your school police officer will help you learn about the risks and consequences of alcohol and solvent misuse.

Question and Answer

Question: What could the consequences of sniffing solvents be?
Answer: Solvents can kill you the first time you try them as it stops the muscles working and the user cannot breathe.
Question: Are all alcoholic drinks the same strength?
Answer: No, alcohol strength is measured in units and varies between drinks.
Question: Is alcohol dangerous?
Answer: Yes, alcohol is a drug. Too much alcohol causes some people to behave badly which is known as anti-social behaviour. Alcohol can also cause some people to be violent.
Question: Can friends older than 18 buy me alcohol?
Answer: No, it is illegal to buy alcohol for someone underage.

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