Schoolies swap schooners for smoothies
As week 2 of Schoolies 2022 kicks off, reports on the ground say some Aussie teens are doing away with the debauchery to embrace a more wholesome way of celebrating the end of Year 12. For the uninitiated, it’s an annual tradition where thousands of high school graduates or ‘schoolies’ descend on the Gold Coast for 2 weeks of hardcore partying. But a growing number of teens are skipping the Goldie altogether and staying in quieter areas like the Sunshine Coast to drink green smoothies and do yoga on the beach. It’s a far cry from the binge-drinking many Aussies associate with their own Schoolies experience, but youth organisation Red Frogs says schoolies’ drinking habits have shifted across the board. It reflects a broader downward drinking trend among young people in Western countries, including Oz, over concerns about health and the future. Nothing like drowning your sorrows in fruit soup…
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