Leavers is an exciting time and an opportunity for graduating students to celebrate their hard work and completing Year 12. To make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience, here is some information to make sure you are fully prepared before you go.
Head to the official WA Leavers’ website at leaverswa.com.au or information on specific Leavers destinations and activities. Download the free WA Leavers app for mobile via iTunes or GooglePlay for all the information on events, getting around, and tips to stay safe.
Leave valuables at home – don’t take anything you wouldn’t feel comfortable not bringing home with you.
Not using alcohol or other drugs is the safest choice for young people.
This is the best way to ensure your Leavers celebrations are a positive and memorable experience.
Evidence shows the more alcohol a person drinks, the greater the risk of harm to themselves and others. For information about the impacts on alcohol on teenagers, click here.
Drugs can also contain many unknown chemicals and have unexpected negative mental and physical health effects. To get the real facts and illicit drugs and more information about staying safe, visit drugaware.com.au.
If you or your friends decide to take drugs, here are some tips that can help reduce the risk of harm.
Decide on what you want from your night, and what you’re willing to do, and put some strategies in place, such as setting drink limits and staying hydrated, to make sure you lose control of your plan.
Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after consuming alcohol.
Avoid using alone or in an isolated environment.
Don’t drink on an empty stomach – eat well before or while drinking.
If you take drugs, let your friends know so they can look out for you.
Limit yourself by setting yourself a drink limit and/or alternate alcoholic drinks with water.
Avoid mixing different illicit drugs. Mixing drugs is risky and the effects can be unpredictable.
Don’t mix alcohol with energy drinks as this can mask the effect of alcohol.
Avoid mixing drugs with alcohol as this can mask or hide the effects those substances have.
Don’t accept drinks from others, and don’t leave drinks unattended. This will reduce the risk of drink spiking.
Stay hydrated by drinking 500-600mL of water over each hour to avoid dehydration, especially if you are dancing or otherwise active.
Have a buddy system – have a pre-determined meeting area if you get separated and don’t let your friends go off alone.
Take regular breaks from dancing in a quiet space to chill out and cool down.
Carry condoms. Be prepared to practice safe sex, but remember that pressuring someone into sex is sexual assault and illegal. For more info on this topic, click here.
If you start to feel unwell (either physically or mentally), go to the first aid tent or call an ambulance on triple zero (000).
Don’t drive or swim if under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Let any support services know what drugs you have taken and how much so they can provide the best possible support.
If you seek medical help, Police will not be involved unless paramedics feel threatened or there is a death.
Call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 toll free for country callers.
For emergencies call the 000 emergency line.