One-third of Leaving Cert students in Roscommon drinking alcohol once a month

Over a third of leaving cert students in Roscommon are drinking alcohol at least once a month, with a fifth consuming more than 5 alcoholic drinks at a time. That’s according to the results of the Roscommon schools alcohol and drugs survey carried out in nine secondary schools in May by the Western Regional Drugs…

Over a third of leaving cert students in Roscommon are drinking alcohol at least once a month, with a fifth consuming more than 5 alcoholic drinks at a time.

That’s according to the results of the Roscommon schools alcohol and drugs survey carried out in nine secondary schools in May by the Western Regional Drugs Task force.

It shows that one in five students in fifth and sixth years have smoked cigarettes and less than one in 10 in that age group has used cannabis in the last month.

Speaking on Let’s Talk today, Emmet Corcoran, Drugs Task Force Community Liaison Worker explained that binge drinking – taking 5 drinks or more raises concerns over possible dependency issues later in life:

This week is awareness week for the WRDTF and a leaflet encouraging parents to talk to their teenagers about drugs and alcohol will be launched at Vita Hosue in Roscommon tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.

Later tomorrow nigdrugs pillsht, former governor of Mountjoy prison, John Lonergan will speak on How to Communicate with your Teenager; Helen Butler – Youth Coach and trainer will also speak at the event.

The event gets underway in the Abbey Hotel at half past seven.

 

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