While many grade 7 students state that they do not intend to use drugs or alcohol, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours change over the junior high years. According to the Nova Scotia Student Drug Use Survey 2007, only 12 percent of grade 7 students will have used alcohol at least once in the past year, and only 6 percent will have used cannabis. By grade 9, however, 49 percent will have used alcohol at least once, and 31 percent will have used cannabis (according to the 2007 figures). In spite of what students state in grade 7, some will change their behaviour over the next two years. Why is that? In large part, it is because of the increasing influence of new personal, social or interpersonal, and environmental or cultural factors in their lives.3

This first session in the grade 7 unit of
A Question of Influence introduces students to the types of factors that can influence their decisions regarding alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs. It describes some of the activities of the upcoming weeks and sets the stage for the rest of the unit.

A summary of the curriculum links, activity objectives, time and preparation required, and the necessary materials can be found by clicking
here or on the Outcomes link in this section.

3. See Appendix B for a detailed discussion of the three types of influencing factors included in Healthy Living 7.