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If, at any time, you are looking after your kids, avoid drinking alcohol. When an emergency arises and your child needs to be rushed to a doctor or hospital, or just needs your immediate attention, you need to be clear-headed, focused and able to act appropriately. Remember, you have a responsiblity to ensure that your children are well cared for when you are in charge; think what the consequences may be if you couldn't respond adequately in an emergency.