"If teachers think there is a problem, then they have to persuade the child that there is a link between alcohol and what's going on in their lives.
Young people do not always see this. They tend only to see the 'positives'
of drinking. They need to see that there is a clear set of consequences and sanctions.
"Staff also need to find out why a child is drinking; whether peer group pressure is the cause, in which case the school should address the group; or whether a child is drinking because they are depressed, stressed or because they have learnt their drinking habits from alcoholic parents. If there is a history of alcohol abuse within the family, that is much more difficult to tackle because there's no point in dealing with the child without also dealing with the parents."