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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.

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