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Research from NFER and the Alcohol Education Trust finds that early intervention delays drinking age

3 September 2015

Research into the impact of the Talk About Alcohol programme involving 4000 pupils over three years, found evidence of an association between the intervention and a delay in the age at which teenagers start to drink. The focus of this report is the fourth in a series of student surveys, carried out in January-March 2015 when students were aged 15-16 (in Year 11). This was two years after the students received their last intervention sessions. The study compares the change in outcomes for an intervention group and a statistically matched comparison group over a period of time.

The free printed and online materials take a harm minimisation approach and aim to encourage students to make informed decisions concerning alcohol consumption. The findings suggest that giving young people the facts about alcohol is not the only factor likely to influence behaviour. Young people also need to be helped to develop resilience and self-management skills to manage risk.

The story was covered by ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme on September 2 2015.

Read the research report