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Parents warned about alcohol ahead of Leaving Cert results

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 11/08/2015. Parents warned about alcohol ahead of Leaving Cert resultsTags: Parenting

Leaving Certificate results are out this coming Wednesday and among the highs and lows of emotions that Irish teens will be feeling there is also a sobering reminder to parents to talk to their teens about alcohol ahead of Leaving Certificate celebrations.

Alcohol Ireland, an Irish charity that deals with advocacy and policy with alcohol related issues, is calling on parents to talk to their children ‘about the risks associated with alcohol ahead of the Leaving Cert results on Wednesday.’

The charity is encouraging parents to take responsibility in discussing the issues of safety around alcohol with their children before they plan any celebrations.

“It’s natural that young people receiving their Leaving Cert results want to go out and celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.” However, Ms Costello continues:

‘Parents must recognise that their child may end up in situations in which they may feel unwell, uncomfortable, or scared as a result of either their own or other people’s drinking. We are urging parents to talk openly with their children about what their plans are for the evening and make sure they know all the important details, such as what they will be doing, who they will be with where they are going and how – and at what times – they plan on getting there and coming home,” said Ms Costello.’

The charity has posted tips for parents and teens on how to protect themselves around alcohol.

If you or your teen is worried about alcohol abuse and safety this week please watch our Alcohol and Teens video.


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