About the Program
Informed students make better decisions. Join Ask, Listen, Learn and Discovery Education as we uncover the science behind how alcohol affects developing brains, bodies and behavior. Together, we will equip students with vital resources and dive deep into the science, data and facts that are critical to understanding the effects of alcohol, leading kids to say “YES” to a healthy lifestyle and “NO” to underage drinking!
Provide students in grades 5-7 with the tools to prevent underage drinking and explore no-cost, standards-aligned, digital classroom curriculum and engaging videos.
Explore the Educator Resources
Digital Curriculum, Day of Learning Materials and Videos
Kids, Alcohol and The Developing Brain
As kids develop, they go through many emotional and physical changes. Give your students critical information about how alcohol affects them physiologically by having them explore how the brain’s functions are impacted by underage drinking.
The hypothalamus keeps the body’s organs and important bodily functions in a state of harmony. Alcohol causes an increase to blood pressure, hunger, thirst and the urge to urinate while body temperature and heart rate decrease.
The brain is your body’s control center! Learn what each part does and how alcohol affects its function.
The CNS carries messages along the spinal cord, between your brain and every part of your body. Alcohol interferes by slowing the flow of information from the brain to other parts of the body. This can result in slowed reaction time.
The cerebellum controls physical and verbal faculties. Alcohol interferes by affecting your body’s coordination—you might lose your balance, fall or slur your words.
The medulla keeps the body alive, controlling crucial involuntary actions such as breathing, swallowing and heart rate. Alcohol interferes by slowing or stopping functioning altogether–which could impede breathing, eating or blood circulation.
About the Partnership
Ask, Listen, Learn and Discovery Education have teamed up to provide teachers, counselors, nurses, parents and kids with information about how alcohol affects developing brains, bodies and behavior.
Ask, Listen, Learn
Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix is the most widely-distributed underage drinking prevention program of its kind. Developed and distributed by Responsibility.org, and recognizing more than a decade of success, the program has innovative, science and evidence-based digital resources for teachers, counselors, school nurses and other educators that teach kids about what the brain does, what alcohol does to it, and what THAT does to you. The program also includes resources for parents, such as conversation starters and tips, to help kids say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking.
Ask, Listen, Learn features a seven-part animation series with corresponding lesson plans that align with National Health Education, Common Core State, and Next Generation Science Standards, to ensure synergy with curriculum teachers already have in place in the classrooms. This alignment also ensures that the resources can be used in multiple education settings, such as science and health classes. Program content regarding the effects of alcohol on the developing brain was reviewed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and is consistent with currently available science. For more information, visit AskListenLearn.org.
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.