PMB Girls High: thinking about drinking

2010-04-24 00:00

WITH the help of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School peer counsellors used different strategies during the week to illustrate the consequences of alcohol abuse to the rest of the school.

“Drunk goggles” — a set of glasses that are used by SADD to simulate impaired vision and depth perception — were used as a teaching tool. One pupil apparently walked straight into a pillar with the glasses on.

The counsellors spoke candidly about the alcohol-related pressures placed on high school girls; they said it is not uncommon to find girls as young as 14 in clubs and bars buying alcohol and getting drunk.

“It is so easy to get alcohol,” said counsellor Linda Row. “Girls who look a little older can just walk into a bottle store and buy the stuff without an ID, and older guys love buying alcohol for young pretty girls.”

During yesterday’s school assembly, the counsellors presented a slide show, which in one instance, showed a beautiful, well dressed woman getting sick at a party; the caption read, “Drinking is gross, but I feel hot when I do it.”

“We are not telling the girls not to drink at all,” said counsellor Nonku Mbaso.

“We are trying to tell them to think before they do.”

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