Tiny dresses, towering heels and way too much to drink. That’s what passes as a girls’ night out these days but it’s an evening that too often lands them in a police cell or even hospital. According to the latest research, when it comes to binge drinking, young women are now doing their best to match the blokes. What was once considered embarrassing and outrageous behaviour is now celebrated as the norm. So why do they do it? Well, their simple explanation is, they just want to have fun.
Reporter: Tara Brown
The Retail Revolution
Before this story, we had no idea how big internet shopping was. Charles Wooley spent the last week talking to ‘e-tailers’, as they’re known, whose businesses even in these difficult times are doubling in size every year. Meanwhile, traditional retailers are facing their biggest crisis since the Great Depression. So why are more and more people choosing the online option? Well, there are some compelling reasons. There’s a bigger range of goods out there in cyber space. It’s open 24/7. There’s no waiting in queues. And, although sometimes it’s cheaper, it seems that what the customer is really going for is the ease and convenience. No matter where in the world you order from, within 48 hours you get the thrill and excitement of opening a present from yourself.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
It’s one of the world’s biggest economies, and it’s fast going down the gurgler. Italy is in dire straits and it’s threatening to take the rest of Europe down with it, but the man who should be steering the country through the crisis has his hands everywhere but on the wheel. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lurches from one scandal to the next; corruption, fraud, wild sex parties and now he’s accused of sex with an underage prostitute. It’s enough to rival the worst of ancient Rome with an emperor fiddling while his city burns.
Reporter: Liam Bartlett