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Lesson 2

Title: Characteristics of a Problem Drinker

Grade: 9-10
Time: 45 Min.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will discuss in groups of 5, the common signs of a teen problem drinker and if any signs apply to friends:
    • family problems
    • hiding liquor
    • drinking alone
    • regretting actions
    • drink to escape
    • lying about drinking
    • blackouts
    • frequently drinking
    • gulping drinks
    • increased tolerance
    • interfere with class work
  2. Students will participate in large class discussions about the major characteristics of a problem teen drinker. (Worksheet 1)
  3. Students will answer 20 questions individually about "What do you know about Alcohol?" and then have group discussion of answers. (Worksheet #2)
  4. Students will increase knowledge of teenage alcoholic problems for unit test on Friday.


  1. Small group discussion (5 per group) -- (10 minutes)
  2. Individual assignment--worksheet #1 (15 minutes)
  3. Individual assignment and then total group discussion--worksheet #2 (20 minutes)



Directions: Ask yourself these 20 questions and see if any apply to you. These are signs that you can have a drinking problem.

  1. Do you lose time from classes due to drinking?
  2. Do you drink because you are uncomfortable in social situations?
  3. Do you drink to build up your self confidence?
  4. Is drinking affecting your relationships with friends?
  5. Do you drink alone?
  6. Do you drink to escape from studies or home worries?
  7. Do you feel guilty or depressed after drinking?
  8. Does it bother you if someone says that maybe you drink too much?
  9. Do you have to take a drink when you go out on a date?
  10. Do you get along better with other people when you drink?
  11. Do you get into financial troubles over buying liquor?
  12. Do you feel more important when you drink?
  13. Have you lost friends since you started drinking?
  14. Do you drink more than most of your friends?
  15. Have you started hanging around with a crowd that drinks more than your old friends?
  16. Do you drink until you just couldn't drink anymore?
  17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory from drinking?
  18. Have you ever been to a hospital or been arrested due to drunken behavior?
  19. Do you turn off to any studies or lectures about drinking?
  20. Do you think you have a problem with alcohol?


Directions:  Answer the following 20 true-false questions concerning about "What you know about alcohol?"

1 Alcohol has been used as a medicine. TRUE FALSE
2 Alcohol is digested in the same way that food is digested TRUE FALSE
3 Moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages is generally not harmful to the body. TRUE FALSE
4 An estimated 85% of the adult Americans who drink are alcohol abusers. TRUE FALSE
5 Alcoholic beverages do not provide weight-increasing calories. TRUE FALSE
6 A blood alcohol concentration of 0.10% is the legal definition of alcohol intoxication in most states with respect to driving. TRUE FALSE
7 Alcohol is not a drug. TRUE FALSE
8 Approximately ten percent of fatal highway accidents are alcohol-related. TRUE FALSE
9 Eating while drinking slows the absorption of alcohol in the body. TRUE FALSE
10 It takes about as many hours as the number of beers drunk for the liver to completely burn up the alcohol ingested. TRUE FALSE
11 Few women become alcoholics. TRUE FALSE
12 Alcohol is considered a stimulant. TRUE FALSE
13 The most commonly drunk alcoholic beverages in the United States are distilled liquors. (whiskey, gin, vodka) TRUE FALSE
14 To prevent a hangover, one should sip one’s drink slowly, eat while drinking, have no more than one drink an hour, and not over-drink one’s limit. TRUE FALSE
15 "Proof" on a bottle of liquor represents half the percent of alcohol contained in the bottle. TRUE FALSE
16 Alcohol consumption improves sexual performance. TRUE FALSE
17 A person cannot become an alcoholic by just drinking beer. TRUE FALSE
18 Drinking milk before alcohol slows down the absorption of alcohol into the body because it coats the stomach. TRUE FALSE
19 Responsible drinking can contribute to a state of relaxation, enhanced social interactions, and a feeling of well-being. TRUE FALSE
20 Drinking coffee or taking a cold shower can be an effective way of sobering up. TRUE FALSE


  • Involvement in small group discussion
  • participation in large group discussion
  • completion of individual assignment