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Binge Drinking in Civic – What can be done?

By Canberragal123 - 25 March 2012 52

Saturday night (March 24, 2012) a group of friends went out for dinner in civic. Now, I live on the south side  so this would be one of the first times going out for dinner and a little karaoke in Civic – but I was pretty excited to visit the “northside” after dark.

After a great evening of dinner and karoake, we left the karaoke bar and to my utter shock and disbelief, I entered into a whole new world…. I saw (in completely unrelated incidents):

– people getting pushed into police cars

– people lying on the cold cement, lying motionless with blood everywhere

– Hundreds of drunk teens falling over themselves

– girls wearing next to nothing.

– cops everywhere!

I was honestly scared for my life….so I found the next available taxi and went home.

Now I don’t have the answers… but I honestly think there needs to be a cultural shift to curb binge drinking amongst uni students…. but where do you begin?

What’s Your opinion?


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52 Responses to
Binge Drinking in Civic – What can be done?
16
Merle 7:40 pm
25 Mar 12
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My grandmother would probably have about the same reaction to Civic after dark. Perhaps you guys should hang out sometime.

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milkman 7:42 pm
25 Mar 12
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Tetranitrate said :

“- girls wearing next to nothing.”
Oh the horror…

I, for one, strongly encourage the ‘less is more’ approach to female clothing.

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sexynotsmart 8:44 pm
25 Mar 12
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Where on earth did you go to see all that?

I regularly do Civic nights, admittedly usually leaving around midnight. And never seen anything resembling the debauchery that I would so like to be part of.

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Canberragal123 9:14 pm
25 Mar 12
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Ok…maybe I “need to get our more” – and perhaps this was a case of “wrong place at the wrong time” – but I find it really unsettling to leave an establishment to see a fight breaking out on one corner, a person being arrested about 5 minutes later a few streets over, and then a poor guy lying on the ground covered in his own blood a few streets after that. I am not ashamed to say was a little scared by the sequence of events.

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Ian 10:03 pm
25 Mar 12
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Spykler said :

I realised the overall standard of the city had slipped a tad when upon exiting Moosheads one early Sunday morn I almost slipped in a pile of vomit that had a steaming pile of defecate in the centre of it..

That is actually Mooseheads’ logo – a pool of chunder topped off with a steaming turd. Sums up the nature of the place perfectly.

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21
beep 10:14 pm
25 Mar 12
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Yeah stay home canberragal123.

If you don’t like what goes on in Canberra you definitely wouldn’t like the rest of the world.

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22
Stevian 11:42 pm
25 Mar 12
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All of the above comment pretty much explain why there is a problem and why the situation will never improve.

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23
Henry82 12:29 am
26 Mar 12
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‘going out’ night for students is Thursday night, not Saturday.

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murraythecat 8:55 am
26 Mar 12
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milkman said :

Tetranitrate said :

“- girls wearing next to nothing.”
Oh the horror…

I, for one, strongly encourage the ‘less is more’ approach to female clothing.

Does that extend to your own daughters/wife/mother/aunties? I’m sure you encourage “show us ya tits” at summernats as well, um, until that is, it is directed to someone in your own family.

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Duffbowl 9:24 am
26 Mar 12
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Binge drinking is not new, and t doesn’t sound that different to when I came here in the early 90s. I think the only night of the week where you couldn’t get cheap drinks in Civic, Manuka or Kingston was Mondays.

Tuesday – 2 for 1 Margueritas at Montezumas. 2 litres of the stuff for $10.
Wednesday – 2 for 1 drinks at Maddies.
Thursday – Jolly Jugs at Pandoras.
Friday – Cheap drinks at the Private Bin.
Saturday – Cheap drinks at two nightclubs: one where Reece Plumbing is now in Braddon, and one underneath(?) the newsagency on the corner of the bus interchange.
Sunday – Another club who’s name escapes me, in Manuka.

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26
tidalik 9:47 am
26 Mar 12
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I sort of get what you’re saying, Canberragal. Seeing violence and blood is not very nice and I would be scared too. Just seeing people drunk and having fun doesn’t bother me though.

I personally don’t know why some people have to get all violent and aggressive when they drink. In my youth I drank an awful lot of alcohol on some nights out in Civic but I never got into any fights with anyone. Neither did any of my friends.

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Micky_P 9:55 am
26 Mar 12
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I hate to disagree with your conclusions – but, as a 20 year old uni student I feel somewhat compelled to shed some light on your claims.

I’ve only seen a handful of fights, I’ve never seen blood and I wouldn’t claim the girls are wearing next to nothing. Also, most of those people you see out causing the problems are not uni students.

Most of your students go out on Thursday night, if your uni student is able to afford the booze on a Saturday night I’d be investigating their Centrelink payments.

It’s your 18-30 year old working lad, who is a douchê, that causes the problems.

TL;DR Most uni students are great, most non-uni students cause the problems

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Chop71 10:08 am
26 Mar 12
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bloodnut said :

You know you’re old when you’ve forgotten that you used to love doing that when you were their age.

I’m personally happy to hear that young people are still having fun and getting laid.

A small part of me still wishes I was there too…

+1

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bitzermaloney 10:21 am
26 Mar 12
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Start with renaming “Civic” because:
– it’s hardly the CBD (it isn’t Central and there is next to no business in it, especially in Garema Place); and
– at night it seems to be hardly civil.

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EvanJames 10:23 am
26 Mar 12
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I dunno, it does sound like things have got more violent and over the top than in the 80s and early 90s, when I used to attend Civic for the purposes of getting drunk. Then, there were plenty of drunken folk sitting around outside or staggering back to their cars, but all the fighting etc, I don’t recall that. Vomiting happened later in the morning, I think, as you’d see it the next morning. Maybe the vomiters were more discreet.

Certainly cops everywhere and people lying in pools of blood, never saw that. The odd cop yes, but it wasn’t the war zone described above.

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