Alcohol, what’s the harm? workshop held at Tallaght stadium

A workshop hosted by the Tallaght Drug and Alcohol Taskforce in conjunction with Healthy Ireland South Dublin County Council was aimed at young people, college students, and transition-year pupils from schools across the Tallaght/Whitechurch area.

Held in Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday morning, the event was for people working in the fields of community, addiction or education and anyone with an interest in the issue of alcohol dependence, alcohol education or the issue of health more broadly.

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Alcohol is a psychoactive substance with dependence – producing properties that has been used in many cultures for centuries.

 “Alcohol remains the main problem drug that people seek treatment for in Ireland. During 2015, 7,616 people sought treatment for alcohol as a main problem drug compared to 4,732 for opiates and 2,786 for cannabis,” Fiona Murphy, TDATF Development Worker told The Echo.

“Our event was to educate and involve people in the community, in the hope of getting them to challenge their own perceptions and knowledge of alcohol and to self-reflect on their own choices around alcohol. We did this through an informative session on the effects of alcohol, alcohol related harm, what constitutes binge drinking and alcohol and the adolescent brain.

The speakers on the day included Dr Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Olympic Medallist and Councillor Kenneth Egan and Paddy Holohan of MMA fame.

The interactive workshop included a screening of a short video to open up discussions and use of practical examples of how drink affects the brain and the ability to move.

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