A variety of alcohol awareness games exist for kids. Some require group participation while others are played independently. Receiving early alcohol awareness training may help children avoid serious problems later in life. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence states 40 per cent of children who use alcohol before the age of 13 run the risk of becoming alcoholics in their adult life, according to the Together website.
Develop role-play games involving peer pressure and alcohol. Ask kids to think of a time when they were confronted with alcohol use. If they cannot think of one, tell them to consider incidents involving friends. Choose one situation and have each group member portray a character. Act out what happened. Ask whether everyone is happy with the outcome and whether any member would change her behaviour. After having a discussion about alcohol awareness, perform the scenario again. Use previously gathered information to form appropriate responses.
Computer games provide different aspects of alcohol awareness for kids. Special groups or instruction is not required. In "Dr. Nida's Challenge," developed by The National Institute on Drug Abuse, kids answer questions about the physical effects of alcohol. Each correct answer further customises a virtual character. "Sara's Quest," another quiz game, provides information on why each answer is correct or incorrect. Children learn about alcohol in the media with "The Alcohol Advertising Quiz," provided by The Media Awareness Network. (See Resources)
Play a game based on a well-known format such as "Family Feud" or "Jeopardy." Act as host and have the kids compete against each other to answer alcohol awareness based questions. When developing questions for young children, do not use complicated wording or extremely long sentences. Inquire with local businesses about donating prizes for the winning team. Purchase candy or toys from discount or dollar stores as another inexpensive prize option.
Other games give parents and educators additional methods of alcohol awareness education for kids. Design bingo cards with terms related to alcohol abuse. Purchase inexpensive dollar store prizes for the game winner. Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a subdivision of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (see Resources). Inquire about the early childhood substance abuse prevention program titled "Building Blocks For A Healthy Future." A specially designed kit provides games targeted at children between 3 and 6 years of age.
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