Yes, you heard it right it’s that time of year AGAIN. For the young 17 to 18 year olds in New South Wales it’s a stressful time of year, where HSC is just peeking around the corner coming with it endless nights of studying and cups of coffee. But what better way to blow off steam once it’s all over? Schoolies of course. Just another driving force of Australia’s binge drinking culture that we can add to the list…but hey, who’s counting.
The Gold Coast in particular will be injected with teenagers, tequila and testosterone as eager school leavers embark on their annual week of debauchery. It’s a tradition which started in the 70s on the Gold Coast and has spread all over Australia to Byron Bay, the Sunshine Coast, Airlie Beach and Lorne in Victoria. It lasts a week for underage teens then continues in the following week for 18 years and overs.
Schoolies may be the biggest contributor in promoting binge drinking among Australia’s youth. Especially within advertising and promoting of schoolies through websites and social media. If you’ve visited the official schoolies website recently you would have noticed the exhibiting of parties, drinking and debauched behaviour as they reassure you it’s “the best week of your life”.
If you are planning on taking a trip for schoolies consider going away in areas which are not peak for schoolies groups so you can take a trip with your friends secluded from all the pressures and chaos. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy spending time with your best friends on a beach and house to yourself, rather than be sharing the limited air in nightclub with a hundred-random people.
But, if you must give in to the pressures of society and go to schoolies here are a few rules to avoid binge drinking’
Rule 1: Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink
Rule 2: Do not scull a drink. If a friend asks you too just say your too drunk, or be honest and let them know you don’t want to.
Rule 3: Stick to max 3 for women or max 4 standards for men in the space of an hour
Rule 4: Do not mix alcoholic drinks
If you do get into any kind of trouble or any of your friends are, make sure you contact The Red Frogs or emergency services if it’s something serious. Red Frogs are always willing to give a helping hand (not to mention they actually hand out red frogs) and will be able to get to you quickly most of the time.
Note: The Red Frogs’ safety hotline for schoolies is 1300 557 123
Photo by Levi Guzman