Leavers’ binge plan
Almost two-thirds of Year 11 and Year 12 students plan to binge-drink at their school leavers’ celebrations, with many blaming it on their inability to say no, according to a study.
Research by Curtin University into drinking intentions for leavers showed students in Year 11 were already planning to get drunk, prompting calls to start alcohol education earlier. Many teenagers also claimed it was difficult to say no to alcohol because of peer pressure.
The research, published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse and based on a survey of 586 Year 11 and Year 12 students, found 62 per cent intended to drink at risky levels, which included more than five drinks on a single occasion.
Lead author Michelle Jongenelis said the results revealed high rates of alcohol consumption at largescale school leaver celebrations. Leavers starts on Monday. Cathy O’Leary
Teens blame peer pressure.