• Take a deep breath!
  • Make sure they are physically safe
  • Ask if they have taken any other substance or drug
  • Try to get them to drink water to help them recover better
  • Wait until the next day to discuss their use of alcohol. Listen. Give them a chance to explain their side of things  and reasons for drinking
  • Be patient and show you love and care for your teenager, but be firm about your views and express your disapproval – your support for your teenager is vital
  • Re-establish ground rules. Set realistic goals that are small but achievable, allowing you and your teenager a  chance to work together
  • Work together in organising alternatives to drinking, such as hobbies or interests


Information from the HSE’s Straight Talk: A Guide For Parents On Teenage Drinking

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