The Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan has announced his office is to consult with teenagers on the misuse of alcohol.

Between 200 and 300 teenagers, aged between 14 and 18, will be asked why they drink, how they were introduced to alcohol and how they view excessive drinking.

The initiative comes in the wake of a recent survey that found Irish teenagers are among the biggest binge drinkers in Europe.

Mr Lenihan said he believes teenagers themselves could provide solutions to tackling binge drinking.

Responding to the announcement, a spokesperson for Youth Work Ireland described the initiative as an unnecessary diversion.

Michael McLoughlin said the Government needs to fully implement the Strategic Task Force on Alcohol which sets out a clear route on price, promotion and availability.