Coward Punch -  Risk-taking and Alcohol

Coward Punch - Risk-taking and Alcohol

Lesson 3 of 6 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Social Action
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Lesson summary

Students will investigate the role of substances that contribute to the incidences of the coward punch. They will explore the impact of these substances on the brain and body and how these affect our capacity to respond to external stimuli. Through a scenario-based game, they will investigate how personal choices manage the extent to which alcohol and drugs alter our behaviours.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the role of substances in coward punch incidents
  • understand the influence of substances on the brain and body
  • understand how both victims and perpetrators of violence can be adversely affected by substance use
  • understand that substance use does not necessarily cause violent behaviours
  • learn how having an awareness of the impact of substances on the brain and body can support healthy decision-making and prevent violence.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • identify specific substances which are more likely to contribute to coward punch incidents
  • identify how personal choices and attributes impact the likelihood of becoming aggressive when consuming substances
  • identify responsible behaviours to keep themselves and others safe in social situations.

Lesson guides and printables

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:

  • Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)

Syllabus outcomes: PD5-6, PD5-7, PD5-8, PD5-9, PD5-10

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability 

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: 
Students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to empower them to make healthy and safe choices and take action to promote the health and wellbeing of their communities. Students engage with a range of health issues and identify strategies to keep them healthy, safe and active.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: HPE – Years 9 & 10

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion

Resources required

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding
  • Social skills

Additional info

These resources have been designed in partnership with Danny Green's STOP the Coward's Punch campaign.

Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign was started in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of the devastating effects of the coward punch on the community, including the physical and mental scars survivors, families and friends are left with for life.

STOP the Coward Punch believes in the right of all people to enjoy themselves, safely and free from violence. With support from entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple precautions we – as a community and as individuals – can take to ensure safe and enjoyable outings and, ultimately, reduce the number of coward punch occurrences in our communities.

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