Alcohol, drugs and sexual health: Tackling under-18 conceptions

TP sexual healthThis set of papers ‘Thinking Prevention’ will help those involved in drug and alcohol education and prevention to set out a clear public health case for their work.

Key Messages:

  • The majority of young women who conceive under the age of 18 have not planned to do so, and young mothers and their children face significant disadvantages.
  • Alcohol and drug use and sexual risk-taking are intimately linked.
  • Attachment to school and high educational expectations and aspirations are a strong protective factor against young motherhood.
  • Young people are let down by PSHE education which is limited in scope and delivery and which does not explore the links between alcohol and drug use and sexual health.

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