Drug and alcohol information for students

An overview of information and resources available to support PDHPE students and teachers. 

A range of free resources, including  A quick guide to drugs and alcohol, pamphlets and research guides is available from this website to support PDHPE students. These resources directly address curriculum outcomes relating to the study of drugs and alcohol.

These electronic and print resources also provide students with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate health services and information which is designed to address the needs of young people.

A - Z of drugs

An alphabetical index to information about a range of different legal and illegal drugs, indexed by proper and some popular street names.

The Facts about Vaping

E-cigarettes, often called ‘vapes’, are electronic devices designed to deliver vapourised liquids into the lungs.

There are now many different styles of vapes available and they can be difficult to spot. The main ingredient in vapes is propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine or glycerol. 

Vapes often also contain nicotine, flavours and other chemicals. Vapes may contain harmful chemicals that aren’t listed on the pack.

The biggest misunderstanding about vapes, is that they are harmless compared to cigarettes. This is not true. Vapes are not safe.

Information on vaping from NSW Health. Includes a section for young people and resources for teachers and schools.

Respect Your Brain

Respect Your Brain is an animated video series for young people on the Your Room website. The videos focus on the effects of alcohol, cannabis and MDMA on the developing brain.

A teenage brain is considered to be highly 'neuroplastic', because adolescence and emerging adulthood (up to 25 years old) is a time of organising, construction and strengthening of connections in the brain. Whilst this is a time of growth for the brain, it is also vulnerable to damage.

The Respect Your Brain videos explain how different drugs can affect brain development and which areas of the brain are affected. The videos are supported by more in depth information including where a person can seek help for drug and alcohol issues, and links to more drug and alcohol facts. 


Drug and alcohol research guide for PDHPE

This guide takes you to key websites, eresources, books and information about drugs and alcohol for PDHPE students.

Use the guide to find sources of information about:

  • drug use including polydrug use, drug treatment and dependence
  • specific drugs, including their long and short term effects, how they are used, legal status and information on mixing drugs
  • adolescent drug use
  • consequences of drug use
  • statistics and reports
  • drug trends and policies
  • how to analyse and assess online health information.

Drug and alcohol issues

Use the Drugs and Alcohol sections of the website to find information about issues such as drugs and alcohol and the law, binge drinking, drugs in sport, drugs and the workplace and more.

Visit the Your Room website for drug and alcohol pamphlets, posters and factsheets to order or download. 

Visit the Positive Choices website for a range of fact sheets and educational resources available for students.

Information for teachers

Visit the NSW Department of Education website for an overview of relevant curriculum areas and associated resources.

Visit the Positive Choices website for educational resources and training modules.

Statistics and research reports

Go to the drug and alcohol statistics page to find the latest research and statistics relating to the use of alcohol and other drugs among Australians

Standard drink information

Visit our section on standard drinks and the Australian Alcohol Guidelines to learn about standard drinks.

Drug Info also produces a 'Know Your Standards' business card sized pocket guide which features illustrated standard drink measurements for light beer, full strength beer, red/white wine, champagne, spirits (shots and pre-mix) and cider (middy and bottle) as well as tips to keep safe.