AO4 Body Well being03 sept. 2017
In the second year of secondary school, in the science lessons, the students learn about the effects of alcohol on the body and more particularly on the central nervous system and how it reduces our attention, our field of view and our reflexes by delaying our response time.
They study the French drinking and driving law and make experiments to find out which quantity of alcohol and exactly how many glasses it corresponds to, according to the type of alcoholic beverage.
In the third year of secondary school, in the lesson about human reproduction, the students study how the various birth control methods work, where they act and they get information on how to choose and use them properly.
Then, all the students go to the family planning service, a place where they can go and freely talk about all matters concerning human reproduction. They can also get contraceptives: pill, condom or morning-after pill. They can get free medical or gynecological examinations.
The visit of the family planning service is important for teenagers because in case they face a problem, they will be more likely to go there, as they already know the place and they feel reassured. This is essential for the prevention or follow-up of pregnancy or for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
The pupils also study the effects of various drugs on the central nervous system. They experiment in particular the effects of caffeine on their reflexes. The idea is to make the same experiments before and after taking caffeine and to compare the results.
In the 4th year of secondary school, in the science lesson on immunology, the students study sexually transmitted diseases (mainly AIDS), how they are transmitted, the stages of the diseases and the ways to protect oneself from them in order to avoid their transmission.