HSE Alcohol and Drugs “Parent’s Guide:Practical Advice to help you communicate with your child about alcohol and drugs”. This guide offers practical adviceHSE to parents and other adult carers on how to talk to teenagers about alcohol and other drugs.

The Parent’s Guide  is available to download or to order free of charge  from www.askaboutalcohol.ie/parents  , and  to order in bulk for your school please email alcohol.programme@hse.ie

The HSE  alcohol information website askaboutalcohol.ie  offers a comprehensive range of information to the population at large on pertinent issues related to drinking and related harms. The aim of our prevention activity is to encourage  parents to support young people in understanding  the factors influencing their decisions around alcohol and drugs so that they  feel empowered to make informed choices about such substances for the sake of their own well-being and that of their friends and  families.

The Parent’s Guide forms part of a prevention toolkit  which will also include a revised Junior Cycle SPHE and a new Senior Cycle SPHE lessons on alcohol and drugs which will be published in 2019 and all schools will be notified as soon as they become available.

The following are websites for information on alcohol and drugs:

  • Askaboutalcohol.ie  provides impartial information on all aspects of alcohol related harm and can be used as a resource for teachers in exploring information on alcohol with their students.
  • Drugs.ie is the HSE website for all other drugs.
  • Parentline offers support through a number of ways. Phone on 1890 927277 or 01 873 3500.
  • HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is a confidential service offering advice and information on any query and has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service (helpline@hse.ie).

Contact your local or regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force if you require support for schools.