Knowing that their sons or daughters are taking off on a hen or stag do, perhaps for the first time ever, is enough to worry any parents out of their minds. Their own experiences at such events may serve to further deepen this worry, rather than easing it.
The right approach
Voicing misgivings about young people’s plans and/or perhaps even trying to prevent them participating is out of the question, as this is far more likely to cause harm by spurring them into ‘bad behaviour’ than be helpful. The best course of action is probably to show enthusiasm for their upcoming ‘adventure’ (fake it if needs be) and use cheerful conversations concerning this topic to carefully offer helpful advice on how to stay out of trouble.
Stag or hen do accidents
Most personal injuries sustained during stag or hen dos are the direct result of excessive alcohol consumption. The consequences of drinking too much can range from minor hangovers to alcohol poisoning; from cuts, bruises, broken limbs and other slip, trip or fall injuries of varying severity to potentially fatal injuries by accidents on the road. Simply demanding that youngsters abstain from drinking will achieve little, if anything, so warnings concerning this side of things need to be carefully woven into the conversation.
Injuries by slipping, falling or tripping are not always the result of alcohol consumption, and it may be wise to mention that looking out for potential slip, fall or trip hazards will help to prevent a good time out being ruined.
Depending on where the do is to take place, it may also be a good idea to suggest staying in a group at all times, as some areas are prone to violent street attacks on individuals wandering about on their own after dark. Needless to say, it is important to ensure relevant conversations are not perceived as an attempt to scare them into not going, but as a well-meaning parental effort to keep them safe and well.
Sadly, even the best parental advice may not protect young people against the actions of others. Accidents abroad or ‘out on the town’ can and will happen. Should your son or daughter sustain an injury they are not responsible for, they may be able to claim for compensation. Get more information about claiming personal injury compensation by speaking to an Accident Advice Helpline advisor today.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice