5 Things You Can Do When You Turn 18

Hailey Baldwin’s super sweet 18!

So, you’ve turned 18. Congrats on being an adult now!

Yes, we all know that you can purchase alcohol now that you’re 18 (the novelty will wear of very soon!), but what else can you do? It turns out you can do a lot!

Here are 5 things you can do when you turn 18 that don’t involve drinking…

Vote!

Congratulations, you are now eligible to vote in elections! It’s a big power and responsibility and one that you’ll get to use pretty soon with the Presidential Elections coming up. During the recent Referendum to Repeal the 8th it was the youth vote that really rallied and secured the landslide result. Your vote really does count, so make sure that you’re on the Register of Electors. Here’s how you can register to vote in Ireland.

Play The Lotto

We know everyone relishes being able to buy that first legal drink, but seriously how cool would it be to become a millionaire on your 18th birthday?! The dream. Do it for the LOLs and remember us at missy.ie fondly if you win!

Sign Up For On Organ Donation Card

One of the things that you can do when you turn 18 is sign up for a free Donor Card. Please do this. At the moment we still have a clause that you must opt-in to donate your organs instead of opting out. It’s a bit morbid to think about it, but one person can save up to 8 lives. You simply sign up for the free card and then place it in your purse just incase anything ever happens. You can also tick the box on your driving licence to indicate your wish to donate your organs. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family your wishes too and also encourage them to sign up. You can pick up a card in Chemists or you can sign up by going to organdonation.ie.

Give Blood

Even if you’re a bit squeamish when it comes to blood we would urge you to still consider donating blood. It’s actually such an easy process. It doesn’t hurt and you don’t even have to look if you don’t want to. Also, you get biscuits, crisps and tea afterwards!! You never know when you or someone who you love may need a blood transfusion – they’re actually far more common than you would think and supplies regularly run low. Check out giveblood.ie to find out where and when the next local blood drive is. Bonus points if you rope in a family member too!

Get Your Garda Age Card

Don’t be that person who brings their passport an a night out, it never ends well. Sign up for a Garda Age Card and that way it will always be on you incase you need it for ID.

In terms of Things You Can Do When You Turn 18, what are you most looking forward to?

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