The Queensland unit of the Australian Medical Association has warned school leavers not to go overboard during annual end of school celebrations beginning Nov.20. As many as 39,000 of them are expected to descend on party spots around the state just to freak out.
AMA Queensland President Dr Mason Stevenson said, young people were more likely to make foolish decisions and undertake risky behavior under the influence of peer pressure, drugs and alcohol.
Advertisement"School is is a time for celebration but the effects of violent assaults, binge drinking, drug use, unprotected sex and sun damage can have long term health implications for teenagers," Dr Stevenson said.
"That's why it's important school leavers are armed with the information they need to make the right choices when they're deciding how to celebrate."
Dr Stevenson urged school leavers to take responsibility for their own safety.
"Doctors and nurses across the state have seen too many young lives wrecked by senseless acts of violence," he said.
"At this time of year emergency rooms are full of people injured in alcohol and drug-fuelled incidents that could easily have been prevented.
"It's important schoolies remember they don't need to compromise their health to enjoy themselves and have a good time."
AMA Queensland has come up with a list of top tips to help make schoolies week a time to remember for all the right reasons.
Stay in control
Know your limits. Finish each drink before getting another one and avoid top-ups. Make sure you drink plenty of water and eat food in between drinks. Don't mix alcohol and prescription drugs and never drive or swim after you've been drinking.
Avoid Sexual Risk
Remember, alcohol makes you vulnerable to unwanted advances and an easier target for sexual assault. For consensual sex, always use a condom to safeguard against sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies.
Keep a cool head
Don't take the bait. If someone is trying to provoke violence ignore them and walk away.
If a fight breaks out then move out of the area as quickly as possible. Travel in groups, look out for your friends and stick to well-lit areas.
Don't take drugs
Remember, no illegal drug is safe. Don't mix prescription drugs with alcohol or other drugs as there may be serious side effects or even death. Never share a syringe or needle as you could catch an infection such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C.
Slip, slop, slap
Wear plenty of 30+ sunscreen when you're outdoors during the day. Remember to re-apply every two hours to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. It takes just six minutes to burn.