Alcohol and Other Drugs
While Leavers WA is an alcohol, drug and smoke-free event, we know that some people might still use alcohol and other drugs.
Not using alcohol or other drugs is the safest choice for young people attending Leavers and is the best way to ensure it is a fun and memorable experience. Young people are more vulnerable to the impacts associated with alcohol and other drug use, and each person can respond differently.
In the event young people do use alcohol and other drugs throughout the celebratory period, it is important that they are aware of what they can do to reduce their risk of harm to themselves, and to reduce the impact on others. Simple advice for young people includes:
- Staying hydrated by drinking water.
- Eat, and don’t drink on an empty stomach.
- Protect yourself from the sun by staying in the shade, wearing sunscreen and a bucket hat.
- Don’t mix alcohol with other drugs, including prescription medication – the effects can be unpredictable.
- Don’t accept alcohol or other drugs from people you don’t know.
- Have a buddy system and speak with your friends before Leavers about how you plan to look out for each other.
- Update the Emergency information on your phone- it can quickly inform 1st responders to your medical conditions or emergency contacts.
- If you or your friends aren’t feeling well – seek help from any of the support services provided.
Parents and Leavers
Parents play an important role in keeping their teenagers safe at Leavers. A key way to do this is by having open conversations with your teenager early about alcohol and other drugs. Talking to your teenager about alcohol and other drug use doesn’t mean you are condoning its use – it means you want to make sure they have fun and enjoy themselves, but would like to make sure that they’re going to be safe.
For some tips about how to talk with your teenager about alcohol and other drugs before they head off to celebrate finishing Year 12, visit the Alcohol Think Again website.