PC Claire McNaney, from Durham Constabulary, regularly sees the impact of under-age drinking. Here she shares a story of a 14-year-old girl, who ended up in hospital after drinking spirits with her friends to warn other teenagers about the dangers of alcohol.
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Children, Christmas and alcohol – what’s the right thing to do?
Are we at risk as a society of teaching our kids that the meaning of Christmas is alcohol?
Our plea to parents is not to believe the myth that it is best to provide alcohol to under 18s at home in order to teach them to drink ‘responsibly’, and not to to use Christmas occasions as a reason to introduce children to alcohol.
How can alcohol affect children and young people’s mental health?
We know how harmful alcohol can be for adults as it is linked to 200 different diseases and injuries including heart disease, liver disease and seven types of cancer. But the risks are even greater for children and young people under 18 whose minds and bodies are still developing.
Consultant psychiatrist Prof Eilish Gilvarry explains how alcohol can affect young people’s mental health.