Avoiding Alcohol at Summer High School Parties

Dumb Student Passed Out Drinking Alcohol When you are in High School, avoiding alcohol at parties can seem like a difficult task. High School drinking happens far more often than people would like to imagine, but underage drinking laws only continue to get stricter. What that means for you is that if you are under 21 years old, you should not be drinking alcoholic beverages or you could end up in serious trouble.

Where Do You Find Alcohol?

Avoiding alcohol at parties can seem impossible for several different reasons. Maybe some of your lifelong friends have started underage drinking and therefore, whenever you go to their homes, there is alcohol present. Maybe you are a Senior in High School and some people are having graduation parties where alcohol is available. Or maybe you are just trying to figure out where you belong and keep finding yourself at parties where High School drinking is happening. Regardless of the reason behind why you are at parties where underage drinking is occurring, you need to stop putting yourself in those situations at once.

No Tolerance Law for Underage Drinking & Driving

There is pretty much a no tolerance law for underage drinking and driving. That means if you are below the age of 21 and your blood alcohol level is found to be higher than 0.00, you will be arrested and found guilty for drinking and driving. If you are in fact convicted of a DUI, you will not only face administrative penalties but criminal ones as well. Furthermore, if you are drinking and driving you could end up injuring, or even worse, killing yourself or someone else.

What are the Consequences for Drinking & Driving?

Are a couple drinks really worth ruining the rest of your life? I don’t think so. If for some reason you do find yourself out and about drinking alcohol while under age, please, please, please do us all a favor and call your parents for a ride or sleep where you are. Putting your life or another person’s life in danger is not worth the risk. I know in High School you think you are invincible and that consequences do not apply to you because you won’t be the statistic. But everyone makes mistakes and if you find yourself in bad situations more often than not, they will likely catch up to you. So be smart and if you find yourself in a situation where you or the person driving you is not fit to drive, call a parent or trusted adult. Their punishment will be far less severe than the worst case scenario and who knows, if you weren’t actually drinking, just didn’t have a safe ride, they will likely reward you for your maturity and smart decision making.

So if you plan on attending a lot of High School summer parties in the next couple months, be safe and be smart. That means absolutely no drinking and driving; simply no underage drinking. Your future is way too bright to ruin it because of a couple drinks one night.

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.