Representatives from health, education and the community recently attended a conference entitled “Children & Alcohol – NOT a good mix, what we can do to reduce the harm” to explore the issues around children and alcohol intake.
The conference was organised by the Northern Trust Community Support Project, in partnership with Moyle Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP),
People are presenting with alcohol related illnesses at an increasingly earlier stage in their lives. Guest speakers at the conference included Councillor Joan Baird; Dr Michael McKay from the Centre of Public Health at John Moores University; Constable Mark Crawford from the PSNI Neighbourhood Policing Team and Anne Timony Meehan from the Alcohol Forum.
Emma McElhone, Community Support Officer in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust said: “It is easier to prevent children from getting used to alcohol than it is to intervene once patterns of behaviour are firmly established, so it is a good idea to talk to them before their teen years and before their friends do.
“It is important that we communicate clearly the effects of alcohol.”