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What are the risks of teenage drinking?

Short term risks:

    • Anti-social behaviour, like vandalism and fighting
    • Accidents and injuries
    • Alcohol poisoning, drug overdose and bad reactions to a drug
    • Risky sexual behaviour
    • Getting in trouble with the Gardaí
    • Doing badly at school
    • Problems with family and friends
    • Nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (getting sick)
    • Anxiety and low mood
    • Self-harm and suicide

Longer term risks:

    • Poor mental health
    • Depression
    • Memory problems
    • Learning difficulties
    • Lack of concentration
    • Health problems like cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver damage
    • Alcohol dependence

For practical advice to help you communicate with your child about alcohol and other drugs order your copy of 'Alcohol and Drugs: A Parent's Guide' today or download it here

References:
(2013) NYCI. Support manual for dealing with substance use issues in an out of school setting. National Youth Council of Ireland, Dublin
http://www.publichealthagency.org/sites/default/files/you%20your%20child%20and%20alcohol%20leaflet.pdf
https://www.healthpromotion.ie/hp-files/docs/HPM00402.pdf
http://alcoholthinkagain.com.au/Parents-Young-People/Alcohol-and-Young-People
Brian Wall. Sharing experiences and suggestions around alcohol and substance abuse. A guide for parents. 4th Edition, 2017.
Wells JE, Horwood LJ, Fergusson DM: Drinking patterns in mid-adolescence and psychosocial outcomes in late adolescence and early adulthood. Addiction. 2004, 99 (12): 1529-1541. 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2004.00918.x.
Zeigler DW, Wang CC, Yoast RA, Dickinson BD, McCaffree MA, Robinowitz CB, Sterling ML: The neurocognitive effects of alcohol on adolescents and college students. Prev Med. 2005, 40: 23-32. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2004.04.044.

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