Learning activity for High School students

Expected Outcome:

Youth will identify the benefits and wisdom of not drinking alcohol.

Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21 (NRSV)

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Materials Needed:

    White board or flip chart with markers
    Pencils or pens

Tips for Youth Leaders

We tell young people not to drink alcohol and remind them that doing so is illegal. Often that’s where the conversation ends and our youth wonder what the real benefits from not using alcohol are and how to say “no” facing the peer pressure in their lives.

In addition, our youth need to see the positive faith perspective of using their lives with a Christian purpose in mind as opposed to drinking and using drugs to fit in with their friends.

Certainly we can tell our young people about the risks of alcohol use. We can give clear examples of how alcohol use is unhealthy, unnecessary and inappropriate – as well as illegal. But beyond just avoiding risks, there are benefits of not drinking alcohol that we can and should talk about with young people.

The benefits to youth of not using alcohol are clear. While none of the benefits alone is likely to persuade a young person not to use alcohol, all together they can provide support and encouragement to youth to make the decision not to use. This information can be helpful to parents and other adults to share with youth that there are reasons not to drink beyond the fact that drinking alcohol is against the law.

Activity Directions

Step 1 – Have participants get into small groups of four or five. Be sure someone in each group has paper and a pen or pencil. Ask them to brainstorm a list of the benefits of not drinking alcohol.

Step 2 – When the groups have finished brainstorming, bring everyone back together and compile all the lists into one on the board or flip chart.

Use the handout sheet, “Benefits of Not Using of Alcohol” to complete the lists generated from the youth.

Step 3 – Conclusion – Once summarized, these benefits can be shared not only with other youth, but also with parents, teachers, relatives, church staff, coaches, and any other adult in the community.

Collectively, the same message by many messengers can make a powerful, positive influence on the choices young people make about alcohol use.

Click here for Learning Activity 1 – Handout.