DANGERS OF ALCOHOL: A free seminar on ‘Alcohol & Kids Don’t Mix: Talking to your kids about the hidden harms of alcohol’, takes place this coming Monday evening. Pictured at the front were: Claire O’Toole (HSE), Sean Coffey (Principal St Brendan’s College) and Marian McCabe (Ballyspillane CFRC) with students and staff from St Brendan’s College, Killarney Community College and St Brigid’s Secondary School. Photo: Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean

A free information talk on why alcohol and kids don’t mix is planned to take place in Killarney next Monday evening.
Parents are invited to the KDYS at 8pm for the ‘Alcohol & Kids Don’t Mix: Talking to your kids about the hidden harms of alcohol’, which is being organised by Kerry Children and Young People’s Services Committee in partnership with the Alcohol Forum, the HSE and Healthy Ireland.

Dr Helen McMonagle, a leading psychiatrist in the field of Alcohol Related Brain Injury, will deliver a talk on brain development during the teenage years and on the impact of the neuro toxic properties of alcohol on this development,” Claire O’Toole,

Coordinator with Kerry Children and Young People’s Services Committee, explained.

“Dr McMonagle will be joined on the night by Paula Leonard, National Lead, Community Action on Alcohol, who will focus on population trends and how consumption of alcohol during adolescence has changed over the past 20 years. “Through her research Paula will highlight a shift towards heavy binge drinking and her talk will provide practical prevention skills that parents can use.”

Those present will receive a copy of ‘Alcohol and the Developing Teenage Brain: A Guide for Parents and Youth Workers’, she added.

“All are welcome to attend to hear why ‘No Alcohol’ is the safest option.”