I did my share of high school drinking, but I was also a working class kid who knew I couldn’t get into trouble, because my parents did not have the means to bail me out of it.
And when I had kids of my own, I repeated what an old friend who was a drug and alcohol counselor told me: Namely, that their job was to grow up and become adults, and if their response to every little stress in life is to drink or get high, they are only postponing the inevitable. They’re not really learning to deal with things in any adult way. I told them about the people I knew who still couldn’t handle life straight.
That’s why the Mothers Against Drunk Driving position, while to an extent, is practical and certainly well-meaning, does not address the real issue. Teenage kids should not be getting shitfaced as a way of life.
I also told my kids I expected a certain amount of drug and alcohol experimentation, that it was normal. But I reminded them that I didn’t have enough money for a criminal defense attorney.
Anyway, I just finished reading this article about college drinking in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and wanted to share it.