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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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ShongRiChee 3:19 pm 27 Mar 12

That’s why I love to go the Charnwood Labor Club on a weekend – all the old dears having a bet, lots of locals to talk to, everyone is polite to each other, the bar staff have been there for years which shows that it’s a nice, decent place to work. None of the stuff that’s going on in Civic!

Erg0 2:57 pm 27 Mar 12

Skidd Marx said :

Maybe this account is a tad exagerrated, but I agree with the sentiment that civic is an alcohol-induced wasteland early on a Sunday morning. Name one place in Europe (UK excepted) where you’d see this kind of loutish behaviour?

Why oh why can’t we be more like the Netherlands?

Skidd Marx 2:47 pm 27 Mar 12

Maybe this account is a tad exagerrated, but I agree with the sentiment that civic is an alcohol-induced wasteland early on a Sunday morning. Name one place in Europe (UK excepted) where you’d see this kind of loutish behaviour?

mouldy 9:13 am 27 Mar 12

I’m assuming you stopped to render assistance to those “people lying on the cold cement, lying motionless with blood everywhere”. Nothing like a bit of over dramatisation!

PoQ 9:12 am 27 Mar 12

Or you could go to my local park in Queanbeyan, where I saw people doing this in the middle of the day, and the cops didn’t turn up until the perps had nicked off in their commodore (brown) and a hotted up “rice rocket”.

People not like us. They should be banned.

Anthos_Hero 8:33 am 27 Mar 12

I love it how some people think that because they live on the “southside” that some how that separates them from the rest of Canberra and they see travelling to the CBD as something exotic. Having lived both North and South myself, I don’t get it. Canberra’s a really small city. Southside, Northside? What’s really the difference besides physical distance?

Tetranitrate 11:54 pm 26 Mar 12

Bramina said :

On one hand I suspect the violence is related to the drinking levels. As the Queensland police Commissioner said once, he wished that people would take ecstasy because people wouldn’t be so violent.

Yeah well unfortunately the supply chain for ecstasy is relatively easy to disrupt and the police (here and abroad) have been relatively successful in doing it over the years. Shame the they aren’t so good at doing it for Methamphetamine.
Now the same people who might have been taking ecstasy in the 90s are taking methamphetamine and all sorts of assortments of pills containing f*ck knows what.

Utter failure of policy, it’s be better to selectively decriminalize or hell, outright legalize the less harmful drugs while still cracking down hard on Cocaine, Heroin, Amphetamines and the like to take advantage of substitution among the consumers.

Bramina said :

But I also suspect that people make imperfect comparisons with the past somehow. I know lots of middle aged and older people who have told horrific stories about their drinking and about violence back in the 70s and 80s beforehand. Yet they for some reason they can’t make the connection between this and when they hear about things that go on today.

Yeah, don’t forget drink driving there too: it was utterly rampant.

TheDancingDjinn 10:37 pm 26 Mar 12

The Person you could have walked by bleeding might have possibly been a good friend of mine, who i have just found out was beaten and robbed very very badly in Civic this weekend – my friend who was assulted is one of the most gentle people you would ever find alive, never thrown a punch unless it was in a boxing wii game. He is in hospital at the moment and will be there for some time, he has massive injuries including facial breaks and head injuries, – i hope who ever it was gets it back or at least gets some legal justice. That being said – Where did you go to karaoke???, i love karaoke!!

murraythecat 10:14 pm 26 Mar 12

Tetranitrate said :

murraythecat said :

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.

Never been to summernats so I wouldn’t know, but young women have been wearing relatively revealing evening-wear on and off (as fashion changed) for about 90 years now.
(thinking ‘little black dress’es in the 1920s here)

True, & i have no probs with that. I do have a problem with the predatory nature of milkman’s comments, and with the hypocrisy that this only applies to women who these guys are not related to, pretty sure they would not like that sort of attention directed at their own daughters.

Bramina 9:37 pm 26 Mar 12

00davist said :

I think some of the problem actually comes down to liquor pricing designed to try and curb issues like this.

As far as i know, there have always been plenty of people who want to go out on a Saturday night with the aim of downing as much as they can, it’s not an new craze, and there has always been a few brawls, and rowdy behavior.

However, a few things have changed in my eyes, one, is clubs, where people originally went out, got pissed, played a bit of pool, and danced etc, now it’s all packed in tight, sweaty, sticky, dirty and to be honest, awful, so may people want to go further, as it’s not a scene for the sober.

Second, the mindset seems to have shifted slightly, while there have always been those who go out to get drunk, it seems more that people don’t want to get just drunk, they want to get blind raging out of it.

And finally, when you mix those with the increased price in booze, it becomes less about aiming for drunk, and more about just aiming for ‘F*cked up’ I can’t count how many people I’ve overheard say “Why spend $200 on booze to get off your face, when you can spend a hell of allot less on a couple of pills”

I am in no way condoning drugs here, it just seems that the element of society only interested in loosing control are also thrifty about doing it!

On one hand I suspect the violence is related to the drinking levels. As the Queensland police Commissioner said once, he wished that people would take ecstasy because people wouldn’t be so violent.

But I also suspect that people make imperfect comparisons with the past somehow. I know lots of middle aged and older people who have told horrific stories about their drinking and about violence back in the 70s and 80s beforehand. Yet they for some reason they can’t make the connection between this and when they hear about things that go on today.

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