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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

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