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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Parents 'should not be blind' to students' drinking

Dr Liam Twomey
Dr Liam Twomey

Gavin White

Parents have been told "not to be blind" to their children's drinking, as thousands of students prepare to celebrate their Leaving Cert results tonight.

According to research carried out by Drinkaware, parents are the biggest influence on young people's decisions around alcohol.

"The post-results celebrations do not have to be synonymous with the now expected reports about drunken teenagers spilling out of nightclubs across the country," Dr Liam Twomey, chief medical officer of Drinkaware, said.

Dr Twomey believes young people are now looking for alternatives to alcohol and that parents can help provide alternatives to a drunken night out.

"It's important for parents not to be blind to what their children are doing, you need to be proactive," he told the Irish Independent. He said it was "sooner the better" that the Public Health Bill was passed, to tackle the long-term problem of alcohol consumption among youths.

Meanwhile, Alcohol Action Ireland has said alcohol promotions on offer for students will lead to "high-risk" outcomes tonight.

Eunan McKinney, head of advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland, said "a lot these kids will end up in places they haven't planned".

"Parents need to be open with their conversations with the children, and have frank understanding of their plans," he said.

Mr McKinney said that price-based promotions continued to be used to attract young people, who were "keenly price-sensitive" and who were often deliberately targeted by these promotions.

Irish Independent

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