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Dr David Coleman: We can’t 100pc blame teens for drinking on Junior Cert results night when they’re often just copying our own attitude to alcohol

Before we rush to condemn drunk teens, look at your own actions in relation to alcohol and celebrations, as like all of us, children are instinctively motivated to copy the behaviour of other people

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Those that do get drunk will have chosen to drink, and so must take some responsibility for their ensuing behaviour. Picture posed

Those that do get drunk will have chosen to drink, and so must take some responsibility for their ensuing behaviour. Picture posed

Those that do get drunk will have chosen to drink, and so must take some responsibility for their ensuing behaviour. Picture posed

The Junior Certificate exams results are released today. It will be a day of celebration for some and commiseration for others. Whatever their results, though, I imagine most students will be planning to be with their friends tonight.

It used to be the case that the results were out in the early morning, but now they are available in the late afternoon, possibly to delay the “celebrations” which usually involve alcohol. Indeed, pre-Covid, the Junior Cert results night was often considered one of the messiest nights of the year with 15- and 16-year-olds around the country falling around drunk in our towns and cities.


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