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Webquest on Addiction:
Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Use
Prepared By: Mary Shannon & Doug McCall
Health Canada's Drug Strategy
See the Teacher's Guide to this Webquest
Number of People
for this WQ
know where to find legal information
understand what the consequences are for abuse of alcohol and
discuss how to avoid the risky situations presented in these
learn how to say no in these circumstances
how to design a poster, web page, or insert
Materials for this WQ
Student Tools for this
In this webquest
you will describe the current legal and personal consequences of
driving and drinking as well as illicit drug use or possession.
Letís see how your current knowledge measures up against the facts.
In this webquest,
students will conduct research into the legal consequences of
several real-life scenarios to compare them with current perceptions
of the law. Secondly, students will list and discuss the personal
consequences if they had been the people in the scenarios. Third,
students will discuss ways in which the young people in the
scenarios could have reduced the risks inherent in these real life
activities. Finally, students will reflect on these consequences in
their Personal Health Journals and be invited to examine the issue
of decriminalization of marijuana and effective deterrents to
The participating students should be equally divided into groups to
examine and discuss the four scenarios Don't forget to take notes on
your webquest activities in Section 3.1 of your
Personal Health Journal.
Each group will
begin by brainstorming about what they think the legal consequences
will be for each of the people in the scenarios. Write down your
guesses for the consequences for each person.
into the legal consequences of activities such as those in the four
scenarios. Begin by reading the Appendices at the ack of Health
Straight Facts about Drugs and Drug Abuse. Then go to these laws
and look up the penalties for each of the people in the scenario.
Note: Canadian and Manitoba Laws are cited here. You can use these
links or you can look up the laws in your province or territory.
Control Act; CDSA
and Substances Act; Canadian
Youth Criminal Justice Act.
When the team of
students has looked up the consequences for their scenario, they
should check with the teacher to see how accurate their findings
were in relation to the laws and regulations. Compare their findings
from research to the correct answers from the Answer Guide.
next discuss the personal consequences associated with the fines and
penalties given out because of the infractions.
Begin by visiting a Mock Court and read how the various participants
court room feel about drinking and driving.
Students should discuss how it would feel going to court. How their
parents would react, how their friends would react. How would they
pay the small ($90.00) fines?
Then discuss how they would react if something more serious had
happened in these scenarios, if someone had been killed or injured
or, perhaps worst of all, they had killed somebody else.
All members of
the group will then discuss how the people in their scenario could
have avoided the risk presented in the scenario. To do this, start
by visiting this
mock dialogue between a passenger and a drunk driver. Also visit
this page that lists some of the things that
people who have a drinking problem do and say to keep up their
habit. The group should also discuss what they would do if they had
a friend with this problem.
should then summarize their reactions to this webquest in a summary
and commentary format. Each student should prepare a one-page report
summarizing and commenting on the assigned readings and activities
in this webquest. See how your
Summary and Commentary report will be evaluated.
Use Section 3.1
Personal Health Journal stating your opinion on how well these
sources have kept you informed about sexual health. Retain this page
as part of the public section of your personal health journal.
Assess how well
you and your group worked together by using this list on
Individual and Group Participation.
How Your Work will be Evaluated
See the evaluation
criteria in the Teacher Tools in the left hand margin.
Conclusions and Extensions
has helped you examine the legal and personal consequences of the
misuse of alcohol and of the use of other illicit drugs.
Use the private Section 4 of your
Personal Health Journal to reflect on how the consequences would
affect you, your family or friends.