This Drinkaware’s parent workshop was developed as a result of findings from research with parents of 11 to 15-year-old children, commissioned by Drinkaware in 2015 and repeated in 2017.
The aim is that parents will:
- Recognise the risks associated with children drinking alcohol.
- Develop and maintain protective factors for their children.
- Discuss the issue of underage drinking with their children in a confident, well- informed manner.
The interactive workshop provides parents with facts about underage drinking habits and current trends in Ireland. Parents get an opportunity to explore the nature of adolescence and how this can affect behaviour. It then focuses on the risks of underage drinking and the preventative strategies that parents can adopt in an attempt to increase the age of first drink of their children.
Within the workshop, I will also explain what the HSE recommended low risk weekly guidelines on alcohol consumption are and demonstrates what this looks like for adults. All parents that participate in the workshop will get a copy of our booklet, ‘Your Children and Alcohol.’
Parents will also be informed about our recently developed Alcohol Education Programme for Junior Cycle students (First to Third year- which is being evaluated by Professor Sinead Mc Gilloway, NUI Maynooth in association with Dr John Weafer of Weafer and Associates) and become aware of how they can support the Programme by talking to their son/daughter as part of the Home Task.