Alcohol Awareness Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

The teen years is one of the best times to teach about alcohol use and abuse. With this lesson pla, your students can become aware of alcohol by watching a video, having a discussion and completing a project.

Lesson Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define key terms associated with alcohol use and abuse
  • Explain alcohol abuse outcomes
  • Give specific statistics about alcohol use


2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


  • Computer with projector
  • Student computers
  • Index cards with one of the consequences from the lesson printed on each
  • Poster board


  • Start your discussion about alcohol by asking your students what they know about alcohol use and what they want to know about alcohol use. Write these on the whiteboard.
  • Ask your students: Can alcohol use affect people who do not drink alcohol? Allow them to respond and explain their answers.
  • Tell your students that you guys are going to watch a video that will begin to answer their questions. Begin showing the Alcohol Use in the United States: Trends in Consumption.
  • Stop the video after 'Using Drugs' and ask your students: 'Is there a safe way to use alcohol? What is it?
  • Continue the video through the 'Drugs and Alcohol' section. Pause, then ask your students these questions:
    • What are considered to be safe drugs?
    • What are illicit drugs?
    • What is alcohol?
    • What are some of the side effects of alcohol?
    • What does 'toxic' mean?
  • Continue the video through the 'Alcohol by the Numbers' section. Now ask your students these questions:
    • How many deaths occur each year due to alcohol use?
    • What does BAC stand for?
    • What does 'binge drinking' mean?
    • What amount of alcohol consumption is considered binge drinking?
  • Play the remainder of the video. Once it is complete, ask your students to tell you the consequences that the video mentioned. Ask them if there are any other consequences that were not in the video.

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