Leavers’ binge plan

The West Australian - - NEWS -

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.

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