Rave parties too much trouble

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 12:00am

Going to rave parties is a popular form of entertainment in Hong Kong. The parties began in 1987 in London where people danced to synthesised music all night long.

But the nature of rave parties changed over the years and, by 1996, the problem of drug abuse became impossible to ignore.

Rave parties are popular because local teenagers are curious about them.

Everybody knows something about them from the media. Many teenagers say they are a fun way to spend their free time.

Because the education system is so examination-oriented, students here are under intense pressure. They think that rave parties - with their loud music, dancing, drugs and alcohol - relieve academic pressure. Drugs, especially ketamine and Ecstasy, are seen as an escape from the real world.

Peer pressure is also a strong influence on teenage behaviour. If your friends have been to a rave party and you haven't, you feel like you're missing out. For adolescents, going to a rave party means keeping pace with society.

But rave parties are no longer just places to enjoy music; the triads have moved in and sell drugs to ravers no matter how young they are. Some of the drugs are addictive, and can cause serious mental and physical problems.

These all-night parties take their toll. Students become tired and their efficiency suffers. They cannot focus on their studies which leads to bad academic results.

All in all, rave parties are dangerous and can be quite disastrous.

Jasmine is a student at Kau Yan College