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End of exams Leaving Cert Blow-out:

Advice on partying for teens, and parents!

As the teens happily wrap-up their exams this week, a few nightclubs have jumped on the bandwagon and are hosting ‘Leaving Cert blow-out parties’ aimed at Leaving Cert students. With teens planning to go wild after a long year of studious work and Shakespeare, they are certainly ready to party with their friends this weekend. Although not as big a night out ( or media sensation) as the Junior or Leaving Cert results party night, the exam blow-out could be a pretty alcoholic affair.

If your teen has completed his Leaving Cert this week, is confident in how he did, is over 18 years old (or maybe not!) , than you can probably expect some serious partying. However, have published a Leaving Cert Survival Guide aimed at teens in order to educate them on surving exams, and how to best enjoy their night out without getting too ‘locked.’

Here are some of their tips for students (and anxious parents!)
#1 There are loads of people who don’t drink, or aren't old enough to drink it’s not your job to give them a hard time about. respect other people’s choices. Just because you enjoy drinking doesn't mean everyone else will;. Don't encourage it, everyone has their own reasons not to.
#2 Be prepared. Plan on how your getting home in advance… make sure you have your keys, enough spare cash to get you home, and a topped-up phone.’ Parents can offer lifts home if necessary.
#3 Eat before you go out. Make sure you or your teen has meal before they hit the town, as this
#4 Pace yourself.”Drinking water in between drinks will help you pace yourself, keep you hydrated and refreshed along with helping curb the dreaded hangover.
#5 Don’t let them walk home after drinking if they live far away. Get ready to call a taxi at the end of the night.

If you are hosting a party in your own home for your teen and their friends,or are planning your own party, here’s some advice on creating a successful night.
#1 Mocktails. If you are over 18s and plan on drinking then a good idea at home is to provide ‘mocktails’ for people who younger or who don’t drink. Taking the attention off alcohol consumption will keep the party lasting longer than an hour ( and somebody destroying your parent’s couch with vomit.)
#2 Serve food. Everybody will enjoy a snack and will stop people drinking on empty stomach.
#3 Don’t top-up. Let your friends drink at their own pace. Topping-up isn't part of being a host anymore.
#4 Water If friends are getting too drunk, offer water and keep an eye out for them.
#5 Taxi! Don’t let them walk home after drinking if they live far away. Get ready to call a taxi at the end of the night.

If you're worried about alcohol and your children, here is our advice on dealing with drink. If you are a teen and are worried about your own or friend’s drinking please see Barnardos guide for teen help.