Lesson 2: Alcohol and Your Body
This lesson can be used individually or in sequence with Lessons 1 and 3.
Students will learn about the harmful effects of alcohol on different parts of the body.
Time Required: 20 minutes, with additional time for classroom discussion
SET UP AND PREPARE
Skills Covered: Reading Comprehension/Critical Thinking
Key Concepts: When a person drinks alcohol, it is absorbed into the bloodstream and affects nearly every organ system in the body. Alcohol can have short-term effects on the body, such as a stomachache. Long-term abuse can damage vital organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, and stomach. This damage can lead to potentially deadly diseases such as kidney failure or cirrhosis of the liver. The effects of alcohol on an individual’s body depend on many factors, including age, weight, gender, and genetics.
Discussion: What parts of the body other than the brain do you think are affected by alcohol? Do you think alcohol can harm organs in your body? Do you think underage drinking can be deadly? Have students complete the Student Worksheet individually or in small groups.
Critical Thinking: What long-term effects does drinking alcohol have on the body? How does drinking alcohol make you more susceptible to potentially deadly conditions? How do you think abusing alcohol would affect your appearance over time?