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Don’t do drugs kids

RICARDO TEXEIRA

 

A guide to why you should listen to mom

 

With the independence that comes with your first year at university comes lifestyle choices that could make or break your university career and even life after studying. Your parents are no longer around to tell you to not do drugs, so Perdeby is here to stand in and give you some reasons not to do drugs.

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Alcohol Use Disorder: Acceptable now, addiction later

KATHERINE ATKINSON

Though first year students come from dif ferent backgrounds, the one thing that they have in common is that they look forward to university parties. First year is filled with many opportunities to explore new places, meet new people and have lots of fun. However , more often than not, nights out are centred on alcohol which means that excessive alcohol consumption has become somewhat normalised. In fact, Addiction Resources say that about “20% of college students meet the medical criteria for having an Alcohol Use Disorder, which includes alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.” This high statistic is not only attributed to the party culture embedded within universities, but also the transition from high school to university. This is because when students are presented with the pressures of meeting new people, adapting to a new environment and increased levels of work, alcohol presents itself as an easy stress reliever.

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Perdebate 27 January 2018

First year is daunting for pretty much any first year student. University is the start of a new chapter in your life, in a completely different environment from high school, and if you’re not properly prepared you may find it to be quite a struggle. Luckily, there are those that have gone through it before you and are willing to give some friendly advice. Perdeby asked a few senior students what they wished they had known when they were in first year:

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Let’s talk about (safe) sex

KATHERINE ATKINSON

First-year is about growth, transition and exploration. For many students, university marks the time when they become sexually active. On the other hand, some may already be sexually active and others may choose to remain celibate. Nevertheless, at most universities there is a presence of hook-up culture which is fuelled by alcohol and parties. No matter how long you have been sexually active for, it is important to engage in safe sex to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies.

An STI is an infection that can be spread by sexual contact. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that over 1 million new cases of STIs are transmitted worldwide every single day. WHO says that there are eight pathogens which are responsible for the most number of STIs. These include syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, hepatitis B, herpes simplex virus (HSV or herpes), HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV). While the first four are curable but becoming increasingly drug resistant, the last four are incurable. WHO also notes that some STIs may not be explicitly notable, as is sometimes the case with chlamydia.

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The low-down on the Climate change debate

COURTNEY PAULSE

During 2017 a number of weather phenomena occurred in unusual places, and at unusual times of the year. The world’s most destructive flood took place in Peru, and in South Africa we saw massive storm floods hit Durban, as well as snow in the Free State in November. These unusual occurrences awakened a debate that has been going on for decades, on whether or not climate change really exists.

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