Topic 3 Useful life skills

As we have seen in Module 7, Life Skills Training (LST) is a school-based approach designed to prevent Alcohol and Tobacco use among youth by

  1. influencing their knowledge and attitudes about substances and teaches skills for resisting media, and peer influences to use substances
  2. developing personal self-management skills, such as decision-making and problem-solving, and
  3. helping students develop and improve their social skills, like communication skills, conversation skills, etc. (J. B., Gilbert & W. K., Lori, 2000).

In this unit, we will review some life skills that are shown to be necessary for the empowerment of children and adolescents, to prevent problematic alcohol use.

  • self-control
  • emotional awareness
  • communication
  • social problem-solving and
  • academic support, especially in reading
  • study habits and academic support
  • communication
  • peer relationships
  • self-efficacy and assertiveness
  • alcohol refusal skills
  • reinforcing anti-alcohol attitudes and
  • strengthening personal commitment against alcohol use

Activity 1

Write your definitions – What does the below life skill mean?

  • Social competence
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-control
  • Emotional awareness
  • Communication
  • Social problem-solving
  • Self-efficacy
  • Alcohol refusal skills

If you have some more time to dedicate, prioritise the above skills for your class and think about how they can help your students not to fall into problematic alcohol use.