School nurse Denise Dixon, RSL bar manager Sussan Trim, H&J; manager Jo Lawrence, headspace team leader Sophia McLucas, Para Safe managing director Russell Neucom and constables Joseph Cook, Fiona Scott and Tanya Burton are all on board with the Think the Drink campaign.
School nurse Denise Dixon, RSL bar manager Sussan Trim, H&J; manager Jo Lawrence, headspace team leader Sophia McLucas, Para Safe managing director Russell Neucom and constables Joseph Cook, Fiona Scott and Tanya Burton are all on board with the Think the Drink campaign. Georja Ryan

Scholars head to city pubs

EVERY parent's nightmare is thinking the unthinkable could happen to their child and, around this time of year, stress levels go into overdrive as they send teenagers to Schoolies.

Alcohol is the biggest issue affecting teens today but some minds can be put at ease as Warwick High School again adopts Think the Drink campaign to show students the dangers of alcohol and heading to the Glitter Strip.

On Tuesday, Year 12 students will visit five Warwick licensed venues and learn about different elements of youth health.

School nurse Denise Dixon said students would learn about drink spiking and alcohol poisoning, effects of binge drinking and participate in activities including a standard drink demonstration and wearing beer goggles.

"This program will allow young people to be better able to make informed choices based on accurate knowledge and consideration of the consequences."

Para Safe managing director Russell Neucom said the knowledge they gained was invaluable.

"I used to work as a paramedic and help the Gold Coast ambos around Schoolies time. If this can help stop some things happening, that's a good thing," Mr Neucom said.

Students will visit each pub for 20 minutes and have beer goggle activities at morning tea.

 

Learning spots:

  • Horse and Jockey: Standard drinks, licensing/security issues around bars and pubs.
  • Warwick Hotel: Taxi rank etiquette.
  • Criterion: Police put youth in the picture.
  • RSL: Alcohol-related issues; headspace to address mental affects of alcohol/drug use.
  • Condamine Sports Club: First aid, recovery position, what to do in an emergency.


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