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People choose to drink for lots of reasons. For many young people, it’s just to relax with friends and enjoy life. However, alcohol is also the most misused drug in Australia.
The Young People and Alcohol (PDF 308KB) fact sheet provides information about alcohol, tips for young people who choose to drink, and explains what can happen when alcohol and drugs are mixed and what to do in an emergency.
Planning a party
Good planning can help make sure that your party is hassle free. If you’re a young person and live with your family, ask your parents or another adult to help you plan. They will have some good ideas for keeping you and your friends safe.
Tips for a hassle free party include:
don’t use social media or texts to send out invites. You don’t want your invitation going viral. Instead, print invitations and include an RSVP.
tell guests that entry is by invitation only.
let everyone know the finish time and start winding the party up about an hour before.
ask people to plan how they will get home – taxi or parent pick up.
offer a range of drinks and have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and water available.
ask a responsible person who is not partying to be bartender.
don't top up people’s glasses. Make sure everyone can be aware of how much they are drinking.
have an action plan in case something goes wrong.
have a responsible adult act as security.
provide a safe chill-out area which is supervised by someone trustworthy.
When planning a party where alcohol will be available there are some legal things you will need to consider. Visit the Alcohol laws section for more information.
Young people look forward to end-of-school celebrations and well-planned events can be fun and safe. So plan ahead, stick to well-organised events and make sure the experience is memorable for all the right reasons.
set a limit on how much alcohol you drink
go to well-organised activities
look after yourself, your friends and the place you are staying
be responsible for your own safety and the safety of your friends
enjoy the experience and stay safe!
Plan ahead for hassle-free schoolies celebrations:
book accommodation in advance - sleeping in a car or on the beach isn't safe, comfortable or fun
talk about your plans with adults in your family
pack supplies of all the things you might need (eg sunscreen, snacks, some home comforts)
keep some emergency money
don't walk around on your own at night
make sure your friends know where you are
travel with people you know and trust
don’t get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs.
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