Christmas Fun, Safety Tips and Alcohol Awareness

As its getting close to Christmas, this week we will be having a fun quiz as well as offering some safety advice for you during the festive period. We will be looking at some of the dangers of alcohol, as at this time of year many adults and young people normally are going out to house parties and celebrating the Christmas period. This can mean drinking alcohol for the first time or drinking more than usual or even to excess. We will answer some common questions that young people might have about alcohol too.

Lets start with this Festive Music Quiz, then there’s a Christmas Trivia Quiz….have a go!

Christmas Jokes

Here’s some Christmas Jokes to get you chuckling, try them out with your friends and family.

Christmas Quiz Elf

What do snowmen have for breakfast?

– Snowflakes
Where does Santa go after Christmas to recover?

– An Elf Farm

What do you call a penguin in the Sahara desert?

– Lost

What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus?

– Crisp Cringle!

What do you get if you put three ducks in a box?

– A Box of Quackers

What goes Oh Oh Oh?

– Santa Walking Backwards

What kind of motorbike does Santa ride?

– A Holly Davidson

Did you hear about Dracula’s Christmas party?

– It was a scream!

What do reindeer hang on their Christmas trees?

– Hornaments

HO, HO, HO.

OK, lets see how good your general knowledge is now!

Christmas Quiz

Here’s a Christmas Quiz with 20 questions for you to try!
All the answers are there too, but don’t peek until the end!

  1. What’s the name of the period leading up to Christmas?
  2. How many Wise Men brought gifts to Jesus?
  3. How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?
  4. What was the name of John the Baptist’s Mother?
  5. Who brings presents to children in The Netherlands on the 5th/6th December?
  6. How many letters are in the angelic alphabet?
  7. In what town was Jesus born?
  8. How many presents were given in total in the 12 Days of Christmas?
  9. In what decade was the first Christmas Card sent in the UK?
  10. What country did the family escape to?
  11. How many of Rudolph’s eight companions names start with ‘D’?
  12. What country did Christmas Trees originate from?
  13. Who was the ‘King of the Jews’ who ordered the babies to be killed?
  14. What’s the second line of “I’m dreaming of a white christmas”?
  15. What was Joseph’s job?
  16. Who started the custom of Wassailing?
  17. Who were first people to visit the baby Jesus?
  18. What’s lucky to find in your Christmas Pudding?
  19. What Angel visited Mary?
  20. Where did the baby Jesus sleep?

Answers

Advent

More than one, the Bible doesn’t say how many!

Deep pan, crisp and even!

Elizabeth

St. Nicholas

25; ‘no el’!!!

Bethlehem

364

1840s – 1843 by Sir Henry Cole

Egypt

Three – Dasher, Dancer and Donner

Germany – it was Latvia but it was part of German then!

King Herod

Just like the ones I used to know

Carpenter

The Anglo Saxons – it means ‘good health’

Shepherds

A six pence

Gabriel

In a manger

Safety Tips and Alcohol Awareness

During the Christmas holidays most adults are tempted to drink more alcohol than usual. Young people can also be tempted to try alcohol for the first time, usually at house parties or outside with friends.

If you, or one of your friends, is thinking about trying alcohol for the first time, or is even at risk of more frequent drinking, then here are some tips to keep them or you safe, together with some general relevant information and advice.

FAQs about young people and alcohol.

Questions about the taste of alcohol

What does alcohol taste like?

A lot of alcohol can taste bitter or sour. Because your taste buds change as you get older, you’ll probably dislike the taste of alcohol.

Questions about the risks of drinking alcohol

How much is safe to drink?

The more you drink, the greater the chance of developing alcohol-related problems or long-term health conditions.

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, the UK Chief Medical Officers’ advise that it is safest not to drink any alcohol under the age of 15 and, for adults, to not drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

Is drinking dangerous? How much can I drink for my age?

Yes, it is at your age, because your body is still developing. Drinking alcohol could damage your liver, it could affect your brain development and even your performance at school. Drinking can also make you less aware of danger, meaning you’re more likely to hurt yourself or others could get hurt.

Can alcohol make you sad?

Yes it can. It doesn’t just affect you physically; alcohol can also affect your mood and emotions. Sometimes people feel sad because they do things when they have been drinking that they wouldn’t normally do. Alcohol has also been linked to more serious mental health issues like depression.

Questions about being drunk

What does it feel like to be drunk?

Drinking affects everyone differently. Some people get dizzy or do silly things. Alcohol can make some people feel more emotional – some people can get angry, sad or make them laugh more. Being drunk can also be dangerous because it can lead to accidents and injury.

Why can some people drink more alcohol than others with no effect?

Everyone reacts differently to alcohol. Your height, weight and gender are just some of the factors that play a part in how alcohol affects you. Even what you’ve had to eat that day or how much sleep you’ve had recently can make a difference to how you feel when you drink.. People can build a tolerance which means that you might not notice the effects of alcohol as much, but this isn’t a good thing because the more you drink the greater risk to your health.

Questions about drinking underage

Some young people might ask their parents of they can have a sip of their drinks.

It’s not illegal for a parent or guardian to give their child alcohol at home if they are aged over five years old. However, it is not advisable because you may feel grown up but your body is still developing, and alcohol can harm you.

You can find out more about the law on our guidance page

Can I try alcohol on a special occasion?

As a young person your body is still developing and alcohol can harm you. Children and their parents and carers are advised that an alcohol-free childhood is the healthiest and best option.

“My friends have all tried booze, so why can’t I?

You need to remember that drinking alcohol, even a small amount, would harm you and it is a risk to your health.

It looks really fun, why are you trying to stop me enjoying myself?

Yes, it can be fun when your body is fully grown, and even then it can lead to problems. Hangovers or having to remember the stupid things you did while drunk aren’t fun. Alcohol is bad for young people.

I’m not a child, I’m at secondary school now

Yes you are now a teenager, an adolescent, a young person. And that means that while you’re a lot more mature than a child your body is still developing. You are not yet an adult.

When I’m older can I have some?

Maybe, it will be your choice when you are 18. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England advises that you shouldn’t drink at all before you’re 15. After that you might be able to have alcohol on special occasions – never more than once a week. And never more than the recommended alcohol unit guidelines. Don’t forget it’s against the law for you to buy alcohol or for anyone to sell it to you or buy it for you until you are 18.

Finally, here’s some useful information about the risks of underage drinking.

Risks associated with underage drinking (download)

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