TELL YOUR TEEN ABOUT DRINK RISKS
Research shows that the earlier young people start to drink alcohol, the greater the long-term risks, according to Dr Bobby Smyth, HSE child & adolescent psychiatrist.
“My advice for parents is to be informed about the risks associated with alcohol, and to chat to teenagers openly about them,” he says.
“Reassuringly for parents, research has shown that children who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are up to 50pc less likely to use alcohol and drugs than those who don’t have such conversations.”
If teens are celebrating at the end of exams, advise them to drink soft drinks in between alcoholic drinks and not to get into rounds with friends. You should also talk to them about who they will be with and how they will get home — and agree a time for them to be back.