Turning a spotlight on ‘Hidden Harm’

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Students at Meanscoil Gharman have unveiled a billboard in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, to highlight the serious problem of the ‘Hidden Harm’ associated with harmful alcohol consumption.

“The Meanscoil Gharman students involved in this Young Social Innovators project have done excellent work in highlighting an issue that sadly affects far too many of their peers throughout Ireland. They have turned a spotlight on the ’Hidden Harm’ associated with harmful alcohol consumption, which has a devastating impact on children, families and communities throughout Ireland,” said Conor Cullen, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Alcohol Action Ireland.

“The reason it is called ’Hidden Harm’ is that although not often visible in public, alcohol’s harm to others within the family can have very serious consequences for the safety and well-being of all family members, with children the most vulnerable. For a child, harmful parental drinking can shape their every moment from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed and it is a major driver of cases of child welfare in Ireland.

“Alcohol Action Ireland is campaigning to have the rights and needs of those children affected recognised and met, as well as for the introduction of public health legislation to help break the negative cycle of harmful drinking among adults in order to provide protection for all children from alcohol harm.”