It’s almost that time of the year again.
Teenagers from all over the country will travel to the Gold Coast from the end of November until early December for weeks of partying and drug use, after the completion of their high school exams. Seen as a rite-of-passage for Australian teenagers, Schoolies has grown from a local celebration in the 1970s to a multi-million-dollar tourism event, but to what end?
Majority of schoolies are aged just 17 and are too young to gain entry into clubs, but they are still able to readily access copious amounts of alcohol which they tend to drink in the street or at organised events. Each year there are multiple reports of arrests due to violence, disturbing incidents of sexual assaults, disorderly conduct and even death.