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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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Binge Drinking in Civic – What can be done?
Eppo 7:26 pm 25 Mar 12

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..

It’s funny, because to most people, Mooseheads IS the steaming pile of defecate in the centre of Canberra.

Endrey 7:11 pm 25 Mar 12

I imagine it’s tough to set up a small venue. Maybe liquor laws are the same to run Mooseheads as they are a smaller place that sells alcohol but also has a point (live music, sports, whatever). I’d love to have some diversity in town with places that were actually about anything other than carving teenagers’ money out of their kidneys.

Less incentives for people to set up Moose and Kingo’s. For f’s sake, King O’Malley was an American prohibitionist. Too many O’Parodies.

cross 6:52 pm 25 Mar 12

So in 35 years absolutely nothing has changed.
You stumbled into the mating grounds where these rituals have been going on forever.

WeetBixKid 6:41 pm 25 Mar 12

Tetranitrate said :

“- people getting pushed into police cars”
yeah it happens. Personally I’d rather police get the d*ckheads off the street though.

“- people lying on the cold cement, lying motionless with blood everywhere”
I’ve been going out to civic on and off for 6 years and had a couple of stints working at bars/nightclubs while studying. Don’t get me wrong, violence and fights do happen, but I don’t think I’ve ever wandered around the corner and encountered multiple people lying motionless in pools of their own blood. Don’t get me wrong, bad stuff does happen, but this certainly isn’t typical.

“- Hundreds of drunk teens falling over themselves”
Yes because 18-21 year old’s never made a habit of getting pissed on the weekend ‘in your day’

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

“- cops everywhere!”
You’d prefer it if there weren’t police around? Given you were apparently terrified enough to cut your night short and go home, I’d have assumed that you might consider a visible police presence to be a good thing, given the circumstances.

“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?”
Great, you have no idea what you’re talking about. On a Saturday night the whole town is out, pubes, bogans and all. Not that uni students aren’t, but they’re going to be one part of a big crowd.
If you’d been talking about Thursday nights this might be a somewhat reasonable comment, but trying to pin Satuday night carnage solely on binge drinking uni students is absurd.

Agree with you except with the binge drinking. I don’t care if people were heavily binge drinking in Australia 30 years ago. That’s not a reason to justify it. I want people to have the freedom to drink, but it irks me that it’s glorifed rather than looked down upon as impulsive stupidity.

Spykler 6:10 pm 25 Mar 12

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..

fabforty 5:48 pm 25 Mar 12

Umm… exactly how far south do you live ? Canberra is about 40 minutes from one end to the next and yet you think going to the “northside” is a “whole new world” ?

No wonder you were shocked – you need to get out more.

Tetranitrate 5:36 pm 25 Mar 12

“- people getting pushed into police cars”
yeah it happens. Personally I’d rather police get the d*ckheads off the street though.

“- people lying on the cold cement, lying motionless with blood everywhere”
I’ve been going out to civic on and off for 6 years and had a couple of stints working at bars/nightclubs while studying. Don’t get me wrong, violence and fights do happen, but I don’t think I’ve ever wandered around the corner and encountered multiple people lying motionless in pools of their own blood. Don’t get me wrong, bad stuff does happen, but this certainly isn’t typical.

“- Hundreds of drunk teens falling over themselves”
Yes because 18-21 year old’s never made a habit of getting pissed on the weekend ‘in your day’

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

“- cops everywhere!”
You’d prefer it if there weren’t police around? Given you were apparently terrified enough to cut your night short and go home, I’d have assumed that you might consider a visible police presence to be a good thing, given the circumstances.

“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?”
Great, you have no idea what you’re talking about. On a Saturday night the whole town is out, pubes, bogans and all. Not that uni students aren’t, but they’re going to be one part of a big crowd.
If you’d been talking about Thursday nights this might be a somewhat reasonable comment, but trying to pin Satuday night carnage solely on binge drinking uni students is absurd.

c_c 5:09 pm 25 Mar 12

When the norm has become pre-drinks followed by drinks followed by after drinks, you know people are going too far.

There is a difference between having drinks with something and drinks being the something.

I think for too many, it’s become the latter.

Ko. 3:51 pm 25 Mar 12

Last night was awesome.

schmeah 3:42 pm 25 Mar 12

Yeah, I avoid Civic after dark .. it’s just such a hella dive. If Canberra had classier establishments that served a purpose other than getting of your face it might actually be tolerable, but I can only think of a handful .. so I don’t really bother anymore.

When I lived closer to town, I used to walk in on a Saturday and Sunday early in the morning to get breakfast or go to the supermarket and would find myself dodging chunks of vomit all over the pavement, overturned furnishings and broken glass everywhere.

I read a police report or a media release some time ago, that said it costs the ACT Government around $100K every weekend to manage & clean up the hotspots after the babies get out of control the night before .. imagine the cost in larger cities though .. it must be astronomical.

PantsMan 3:30 pm 25 Mar 12

Road blocks on the Tuggeranong Parkway and Belconnen Way would help.

Ben_Dover 3:07 pm 25 Mar 12

Canberra, Australia’s answer to South Central LA.

dph 2:46 pm 25 Mar 12

Possibly the most over exagerated discription of Civic on a Saturday night that I’ve ever heard.

steveu 2:34 pm 25 Mar 12

Good to hear there were cops everywhere.
Yep disturbing scene, but I guess when u have alcohol, girls going out wearing tshirt and undies, and young people, it’s par for the course. Sorry to hear your night was cut short though.
Hopefully some people were having fun.

bloodnut 2:05 pm 25 Mar 12

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…

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