MORE than 200 year nine students from Bayview College, Heywood and District Secondary College (HDSC) and Portland Secondary College (PSC) learnt about the affects of alcohol consumption and binge drinking at a workshop last week.
The students were involved in the third annual Binge Busters workshop organised through United Way Glenelg to coincide with Drug Action Week.
The students were split into small groups and rotated through five different stations for 12 minutes each, covering ‘Alcohol and the Law’, run by Victoria Police; ‘Harm Minimisation and Regrettable Behaviour’ run by the Glenelg and Southern Grampians Drug Treatment Service; ‘Looking After Your Drunk Friend’, with Ambulance Victoria and St John Ambulance; ‘Standard Drinks’, with Portland District Health; and ‘Drink Spiking’, with South West Centre Against Sexual Assault.
United Way Glenelg executive officer Nicole Reefman said the students learnt about a range of different issues around alcohol and binge drinking including the implications of breaking the laws around underage drinking, who to call and what to do when looking after a friend who has drunk too much, learning what a standard drink is, strategies to avoid binge drinking and the harm of it and how to avoid drink spiking.
“The agencies involved were assisted by volunteers from United Way Glenelg, Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service, Bayview, PSC and HDSC,” Mrs Reefman said.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer on the Groove page.