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Saturday 20 January 2018

Niamh Greene: ‘Wet room’ for teens at Wes disco not a nice notion ... but it is a necessity

Girls make their way up to the entrance of the Old Wesley Friday night disco in Donnybrook. Photo; Gerry Mooney
Girls make their way up to the entrance of the Old Wesley Friday night disco in Donnybrook. Photo; Gerry Mooney

IT’S depressing to hear that the Wezz disco has had to introduce a “drunk-tank” for children who’ve had too much alcohol.

My eldest will be going to her first disco soon, and it's frightening to think that instead of the innocent worries we all had before that teenage rite of passage – what to wear and how to dance in front of your friends without feeling like an idiot – she will have to contend with being offered alcohol or having some drunk lout vomit over her.

Do children of 16 and under really get so wasted before they go to an alcohol-free disco that they need to go somewhere to lie down and recover? Apparently, yes, some of them do (at the Old Wesley club’s event and others). Thinking otherwise is naive.

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