They announced the results of the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition last night.
I have a passing interest having been a contestant in the very first one over fifty years ago. I didn't win.
As for the winners this year –
Their project looked at whether parental alcohol consumption has an impact on the drinking habits of their teenage children, explained the 16-year-old transition year students at Coláiste Treasa in Cork.
“We wanted to see if there was a parental effect on their kids’ consumption of alcohol,” says Eimear.
The two put together a survey and distributed it to fifth and sixth year students from schools around the Mallow area, she explains. “We wanted to assess hazardous drinking habits.”
This involves consuming too much alcohol or drinking too frequently, habits that have an impact on health, Ian says.
The two found parental drinking habits, particularly that of the father, had a major impact on their children’s drinking.
They also discovered that parents who believe it is acceptable for their children to drink alcohol on special occasions were up to four times more likely to engage in hazardous drinking than other adolescents.
So this was a first win for a social and behavioural subject on a "topical issue"? "Something the government is going to have to respond to"?
My sincerest congratulations to Ian and Eimar.
They have a stellar future ahead of them in the Nanny State.