Schoolies Week should be a time to let your hair down after an intense final year of high school, spend time with your friends and have some fun, and it should be safe. With that in mind, here are some tips on how you can stay safe at Schoolies Week:
1. Stay with your mates. Your friends are more than just your party buddies – they’re also your support group. If you see one of your friends in trouble, see if you can help them out.
2. Trust your instincts. You have them for a reason. If you ever feel like you’re not in control or you don’t feel safe, there’s a good chance you’re not. Get out of the situation as soon as you can.
3. Don’t be Sir-Mix-A-Lot. Alcohol on its own can be enough to impair your judgement but mixing alcohol and energy drinks can be a much worse combination.
4. Don’t Break Bad. Using drugs can lead to heart palpitations, nausea, hallucinations, paranoia, violent behaviour and in severe cases, heart attack and kidney and liver failure.
5. Slip, slop, slap. Skin cancer is one of Australia’s biggest killers, so always make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and wear hats, sunnies and appropriate clothing when outside.
6. Don’t believe you can fly. No matter how good you are, you can’t. Injuries sustained from falls are the second most common reason young adults find themselves in hospital.
7. Instagram is not necessarily your friend. Remember that embarrassing, damaging or even Photoshopped images can spread like wildfire over social media and the web and can have long-lasting effects.