Boozy Behaviour Is Affecting Your Family And Friends More Than You Think

We believe that children are the future…

A new Mission Australia report reveals that three in 10 young people say that alcohol and/or drugs are a problem for their family and peers, and that they have fears for their future.

28,286 young people (15-19) took part in the online survey and… look, it’s not cheerful reading.

According to the report Close To Home: young people and the impact of alcohol and drug use by family and peers, “These young people are more negative about their future, have greater personal concerns including around mental health and have poorer family relationships than young people who aren’t worried about this issue.”

There’s a question here about causation and correlation – are drugs and alcohol making young people feel worse, or are people that feel bad turning to drugs and alcohol? – but in any case, it’s a (cough) sobering statistic.

Even more concerning was the finding that the drug and alcohol use of parents and other people around them has a significant negative impact on young folks, and that this has long-lasting consequences.

While young people across the board indicated concerns with school, family relationships, stress and mental health/suicide, all o f those proportions significantly jumped when familial alcohol and drug use was also in the mix.

CEO James Toomey puts it bluntly: “The impacts of growing up in this environment not only affects their ‘here and now’ experience of their world, but also their futures. Young people need the support of family and friends to stay engaged with education and transition into employment. Supporting young people into their future often means engaging their family and peers too.”

You can read the report here, but the intent of this research into drugs and alcohol is to make looking after our young people – and Australia’s future – a priority.

As Toomey says, “This report confirms the importance of approaching this issue from all angles, with evidence-based solutions to better support these young people, their families and peers.”

It's Not Legal To Wee On Your Car But Australia Still Has Plenty Of Weird Crimes On The Books

Sorry, weird law lovers, you've been fibbed to.

There are a lot of laws out there, and a lot of the time they just sit there until someone goes “hey, this is a bit weird, we should get rid of that.” And one that gets brought up a lot is that you can wee on your car in public.

Sadly, however, a lot of the weird laws in Australia turn out to be no entirely correct – almost as though you shouldn’t turn to the internet for random legal advice.

One that gets brought up relatively often is that it’s illegal to be drunk in a pub in Australia. And that’s sort of true: it’s illegal to serve someone who is visibly drunk under Responsible Service laws

And yes, you can absolutely be fined in South Australia for singing rude songs in public: it’s covered under the Summary Offences Act.

“But officer, I genuinely WAS on the good ship Venus…”

It’s also illegal to interrupt a wedding or funeral in SA, thanks again to the Summary Offences Act (section 7A). Which is just one of the reasons why The Graduate and My Best Friend’s Wedding weren’t set in Adelaide.

And yes, it is actually illegal to own more than 50kg of potatoes: at least, in WA where the the Marketing of Potatoes Act 1946 is still in application.

Another popular one is that that it’s illegal to walk on the left hand side of the road, which is sort of true – but only sort of.

If a road has no footpath or nature strip, or if it’s not practical to use said footpath or nature strip, the law says that pedestrians must walk facing the traffic as a road safety measure.

Depressingly, some of the most hilarious laws cited as being weird Australian laws are either no longer current (for example, in Victoria it was technically illegal to change your own lightbulb unless you were a qualified electrician, but that law was changed in 1998) or just plain made up.

For example: that you can wee in public as long as you are urinating on the rear left tyre of your own car. Police would like to advise that no, that’s not a thing and please stop doing it, you will definitely be arrested. You’ll even get a $500 on the spot fine for it in WA.

Another one is that it’s illegal to wear pink hot pants in Victoria on Sunday afternoons. It’s on dozens of “can you believe this crazy law?” sites with many questions about what could possibly have inspired such specific legislation, and the answer is simple: nothing. As far as anyone can ascertain, it doesn’t and have never existed.

Nor, sadly, is there a law forcing Queensland taxi drivers to carry hay bales, or any legislation demanding bikini sizes on Gold Coast beaches (or demanding neck-to-knee bathers in Melbourne).

Some things are just too good to be true.

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