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Mums powerful message after her 15-year-old daughter died drinking a cocktail made from alcohol and energy drinks.

Last week we shared the heartbreaking story of Paris Kamper, the young girl found unconscious at a semi-rural property in Kenthurst, in Sydney’s north-west, after trying an alcohol cocktail she found online.

Police seized items from the family home, including a bottle of alcohol and energy drinks, after it was discovered the teenager had used an online recipe, reports Daily Mail.

The teenager had a blood-alcohol level of 0.4 when she arrived to hospital – a reading which is eight times the legal driving limit.

Police said it is believed the teenager was drinking alone at her home at the time.

‘This child was not a user of alcohol, she wasn’t known to have a drinking issue,’ Superintendent Rob Critchlow said.

‘I cannot state how pointless and tragic and sad and avoidable the death of a 15-year-old child, drinking alcohol on their own, is in a place that should be a place of safety.

‘The information we have is that she was quite a character, quite a free-spirited young girl, who was well respected and well liked.’

The girl was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in the city’s western suburbs, but she died on Monday.

Supt Critchlow said underage drinking was potentially fatal.

‘We cannot emphasise more strongly the risk of underage and – more importantly – uninformed alcohol consumption,’ he said.

‘We have a family devastated by the death of their beloved daughter; they have a lot of questions.’

With police investigating the cause of the tragedy, he had a simple message.

‘We will endeavour to find answers, but our message has to be: do not risk your health experimenting with high-risk information sourced online,’ he said.

Paris’ mother delivered a very powerful eulogy at her funeral this week

As 400 mourners gathered on Wednesday 20 June at the Hillsong Chapel at Baulkham Hills, her mother Sandy said she hoped her daughter’s death would serve as a warning to others, shares 7 news.

“Lord, I ask today that this not remain a sad story,” she said.

“I pray that her mess turns into your message … For each of us to think deeply about what example are we displaying to our children and every young person that follows in our footsteps.

“That we blaze a trail going forward for where anyone that follows us will be safe.”

“Help us to be brave in the classroom, in the workplace, in our social circles and in our homes. Let Paris’ life be your story. Let her be their story.”

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Sugar laden alcohol hides the lethal dangers to teens

Linda Stade, an education expert for many years, shares how using lollies and energy drinks to infuse alcohol masks the real flavour and leads young teens to believe they can drink more as they don’t taste the alcohol, only the sugar laden mixture.

“Drinking vodka infused with lollies is popular with teens at the moment. Think vodka and gummy bears, vodka and snakes or vodka and sour lollies. The biggest problem here is that kids have no concept of how lethal drinking pure spirits can be…especially when it tastes like sweets!

“Usually, the taste of alcohol is a bit off-putting for kids, but this stuff tastes innocent so they don’t fear/respect it. The same problem exists with drinking vodka mixed with energy drinks. Plus, the caffeine in energy drinks keeps kids drinking more, and for longer periods, as it can mask the depressant effects of alcohol.”

Recent research has shown that 75% of 12-17 year olds admit to having tried alcohol.

Last year a UK Mum shared photos of her teenage son in hospital after he collapsed following a vodka binge session in school. Read her story here.

How do you feel about teens and alcohol? Have you spoken to your children about it yet? What message do you think we should be teaching our kids?

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  • Poor darling. Poor family. I’m not sure the current education really covers this type of thing…..sweet lolly drinks, mixing with energy drinks, etc….just ‘the dangers of alcohol’. Who knows she may have thought that as it was all alcohol then it wasn’t all bad :(

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  • Such a tragic loss of life. Hopefully this problem will be brought up at all school assemblies. On occasions pupils are randomly checked for drugs. Seems they now need to add alcohol to the list. People may scream breach of privacy, but isn’t that better than what is/ has happened to a lot of pupils out of school hours, or now even at school.

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  • Just one of the reasons I have been against the ‘Coolers’ drinks – they taste so much like a soft drink that the child doesn’t realize the alcohol content.

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  • So sad. I think the government need to look at laws around these lolly and sweet alcohol drinks as it only encourages drinking as you don’t realise how quickly they are drunk.

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  • Such a sad time for this family.

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  • I feel for the family. I feel for the girl. I’m sure a lot of us made errors of judgment when we were younger, it’s sad the consequences this time are what they are.

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  • This is tragic, but her mum delivered such a powerful message to others

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  • So sad. Vodka is so easy to drink. I drank it myself whilst traveling in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and temperatures dipped to -20C in the night whilst camping and I couldn’t get warm. It’s so easy to drink that it’s dangerous.
    Tricky thing with teenagers is when they drink when going out, they quickly go with the mass, ignoring their own signs to stop when others encourage to take another one. I absolutely did this myself.

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  • Vodka is definitely easy to drink with the right mixer, which is why it is the drink of choice for young girls

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  • How terribly sad for the family.

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  • How terribly sad. Yes it was a silly thing to do, but how many of us did silly things when we were younger? Such a hard lesson for her friends to learn from, but i hope his highlights to other kids just how dangerous alcohol is. Rip gorgeous girl. Strength to your family

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  • Underage drinking is just wrong. I was 19 before I had my first drink. I feel for the poor parents because in all honesty they could have warned her against it and just been ignored. Getting into the teenage years we start to make our own decisions. More education is definitely needed.

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  • This upset me terribly and to the core. I have a 17 year old son and we have regular and ongoing discussions about alcohol. This becomes another teaching moment for us, that I would prefer not to have. It is so senseless and I constantly ask myself WHY?

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  • Such a senseless tragedy. How terribly sad for the family involved.

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  • With the death of this young women and many others who are trying alchohol out in this case trying a recipe that was online, should rsise more awareness. Think alchol should be just that! Sold in liquor stores with information. Not in lollies or soft drinks, I used to drink when younger and yes in large quantities at parties etc, but lucky enough to be here, we all did it bvut now as it is sold in different forms sounds (but is not) OK.The internet seems to be a breeding ground for sharing recipes on drinks, how to make bombs and many other scary things! Maybe there should be laws in place to not allow such to be posted…… Photo of when I was younger

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