The monarchy is not exempt from problems of underage binge drinking and illegal drug use.
This activity encourages students to consider why young people take drugs.
Learning objectives / outcomes
- Some causes of juvenile drug-taking
- Effects and risks of cannabis smoking
Prince Harry is reported to have smoked cannabis at a party with school friends.This is a common introduction to the drug and a situation many students find themselves in. How much do the class know about cannabis?
- Use the printable quiz (click top right) the answers are below
- If students have internet access they can answer the online quiz and check their own answers
1 - 35%
2 - B
3 - true
4 - your parents
5 - 14 years
6 - yes
7 - hashish
8 - 1928
9 - true
10 - false
2) Main activity
Why do young people take drink and drugs?
A structured brainstorming activity. Introduce the following categories if they don't come up:
Why do some people have problems?
As teenagers many people drink heavily and experiment with drugs. Most do not have a problem, but a lot of people do run into trouble. Some of this is related to the reasons why they drink or take drugs.
Who is most at risk?
Can students identify which reasons for taking drugs are the most likely to cause problems (marked*). People taking drink or drugs for these reasons are most likely to end up 'needing' more.
Students who have used drink or drugs to escape must be particularly careful.
3) Extension activity
Prince Charles sent his son to talk to recovering addicts. Students can read the article 'An addict's tale' and write a short report on how they think that Charles' strategy would help Harry.
Throughout history people have always taken drugs, and there have always been some problems. Recap why people take drugs.