Working with young people using alcohol

Working with young people using alcohol: guidance for practitioners (pdf, 157Kb)

The guide includes:

10 Really Good Reasons

10 reasons why we work with young people and parents to prevent alcohol misuse. These statements outline the possible consequences of drinking (and particularly binge drinking) at a young age.

Advice for young people

Messages for young people on:

  • how to say ‘no’ when offered alcohol
  • how to minimise the risk of coming harm if you do drink
  • how to stay safe if you go out for the evening

This information has been approved by Vox and is published in young people friendly formats (cards and pens).

Top tips for parents

Messages for parents on when and how to talk to young people about alcohol. This information is also available in leaflet form.

Screening tool for substance misuse

Following the instructions on this tool will provide a score to inform you of whether a young persons drinking and/or drug use is problematic and should be referred to a specialist agency.


If specialist support is required a referral should be made to the Young Persons Substance Misuse Service.

Sources of help

Local and national sources of advice and help.

Working with young people using alcohol was last updated on February 7, 2013.