Friday 23 August 2019

Leaving Cert results 2019: Parents encouraged to discuss 'sober curiosity' with their children

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Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

AS THOUSANDS of students prepare to collect their Leaving Certificate results, parents are being urged to speak to their children about how they plan to celebrate and to encourage a mindful attitude to alcohol.

Drinkaware, the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol misuse, has said that their research shows over a third of people aged under 25 have said they binge drink on a weekly basis, while 64 per cent of people in the same age group admit they use alcohol as a coping mechanism.

The organisation said that exam results and the transition to college can be a particularly stressful time and adbised that parents are open and honest to their children about the dangers of binge drinking.

Drinkaware research shows 27pc of people were introduced by a parent or close relative to alcohol.

They are advising parents that their drinking habits can influence their children and to try to set a good example.

Sheena Horgan, CEO of Drinkaware, said: "Ahead of the Leaving Cert results celebrations and college offers, it’s important that parents engage with their young people and advocate for sober curiosity or a more mindful attitude to alcohol.

"We are appealing to parents to discuss post-results plans together with their children and provide them with practical knowledge and advice on how they can celebrate this achievement in a safe environment.

"This is a transitional life stage for thousands of young people across the country and this can bring its own issues. New surroundings, new friends and new expectations – these can all lead to feelings of stress or anxiety.

"We know from our research that under-25s in Ireland are turning to alcohol a coping mechanism and with many college events all too often associated with drinking, such as Freshers’ Week and Rag Week, young people can feel pressured into increased alcohol use."

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