€2 drink promos for students are slammed
An alcohol charity has slammed Dublin venues which are offering €2 drink promotions to Leaving Cert students celebrating their results as "irresponsible".
As thousands of anxious students await their results, a number of popular pubs and nightclubs are seeking to lure in punters this Wednesday with the promise of cheap alcohol.
Shots and vodka with a mixer can be had for as low as €2 at some venues hosting "results nights" this week.
Asked about dangers of selling strong alcohol for less than the cost of a bottle of water some of those selling cheap drinks defended the policy.
Among the venues offering drinks for €2 or less that evening is Dicey's Garden on Harcourt street, which defended its pricing by saying it always had low prices on Wednesdays.
Wrights Cafe Bar in Swords said their promoters had advertised the prices not them - but would not say what will be charged tomorrow night.
The promoter, Eventure, said the venue would be offering drinks from €2 upwards, however. Another venue, the Buzz Venue in west Dublin could not be reached for comment.
The practice has been criticised by Alcohol Action Ireland.
"These cheap promotions are really just irresponsible. They're targeting young people and promoting exactly the type of drinking that puts them in danger," said Conor Cullen, their head of communications and advocacy.
"It's very easy for the message 'drink responsibly' to be drowned out by all these promotions and adverts encouraging students to binge drink."
Mr Cullen said students needed to be aware of the dangers of cheap drink and encouraged parents to talk to their children before they headed out to celebrate.
"Really what we're saying is that while you can't go out and hold their hands, there's no harm in asking where they'll be going and with who, or wanting to know when they'll be home. It's okay to set out boundaries and tell your child what you expect," he said.
"No one is saying that these young people don't deserve to let off some steam after what's been a very stressful period. But as we know with events like these - and, honestly, every weekend - a lot of young Irish people come to harm because of alcohol.
"This week is an emotional time for children, and especially if they didn't do as well as they wanted, so throwing alcohol into the mix wouldn't help matters."
Echoing Alcohol Action Ireland's concerns is the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, which has dozens of members handling its exam helpline for those parents and students looking for help during results week.
"We'd be appealing to students to look after one another and be cautious about the amount of alcohol they drink," said IGC president Betty McLaughlin
The service is being run from Wednesday night and can be contacted on 1800265165.