On Monday 5/20/19 and Tuesday 5/21/19, the middle school students took part in an informative video-based, program designed to reduce teen/preteen alcohol use called the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC).
The ALC program overview states that alcohol expectancies are an individual’s beliefs about the anticipated effects of alcohol use, including those that are positive (e.g., increased sociability, reduced tension) and negative (e.g., impairments to mental and behavioral functioning, increased aggressiveness or risk taking). Some of the most desired effects — the arousing, positive, and pro-social effects — are placebo effects rather than pharmacological ones. ALC aims to correct erroneous beliefs about the effects of alcohol, decreasing positive and increasing negative expectancies. These shifts in expectancies help predict lower levels of alcohol use. During an ALC lesson, students learn about the range of alcohol expectancies, the difference between pharmacological effects and placebo effects, and the efforts of alcohol companies to portray positive expectancies in alcohol advertisements.
The presentation offered our middle school students and their families an opportunity to continue discussions about the negative effects of underage drinking, as well as strategies to avoid peer-pressure related drinking.