Junior Cert Results Night: Doctors’ concerns about harmful effects of alcohol on young

Professor Frank Murray, Chair of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol said, ”The issue of young people and alcohol is of great concern to medical professionals in Ireland. The brain of a young person is still developing and drinking in adolescence has the potential to have a negative effect on brain development. Evidence suggests that adolescents who misuse alcohol are more likely to suffer side effects such as appetite changes, weight loss, eczema, headaches and sleep disturbance. Excessive alcohol consumption by young people is particularly worrying, as early onset alcohol use is associated with the risk of problem alcohol and drug use later in life. There is also evidence to suggest that alcohol consumption has a negative effect on educational performance.”

To support and educate parents and young people, RCPI’s Policy Group on Alcohol are hosting a public meeting; “Join the National Conversation on Alcohol: Who’s Calling the Shots?” on Monday 23 September 2013 at 6pm at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare St, Dublin 2.

At this free event the public will get information and advice from expert speakers, including Dr Stephen Stewart and Dr Bobby Smyth, Colette Quinn, Director Juvenile Diversion Programme, An Garda Síochána and John Buckley from Spunout.ie. They will discuss areas such as healthy alcohol consumption, binge drinking, mental health issues, underage drinking and alternatives to the binge drinking culture.

For further information on this event please visit the RCPI website www.rcpi.ie.

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For media queries please contact:

Maeve Barry
Communications, RCPI
Tel: 01 863 9794/085 850 2005
Email: maevebarry@rcpi.ie