I started drinking when I was 15. I was at a party with this girl and everyone was doing it. I just had a couple of beers. I made it home fine. After that it seemed like that’s all I did. Every weekend: Drink, party, repeat. Drive to the next house. Drink, party, repeat.
I got my first minor in possession when I was 17. My second at 18. I was supposed to start college that next month. Since I lost my license for 3 months, no one could take me to class, so it didn’t work out at all. When I finally got my license back, I got a DWI. I was arrested; taken to jail, and strip searched. But the worst part was calling my dad. The only way I could find a job is to lie on my application because no one wants to hire a criminal.
I’m not sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I know that it wasn’t this.
In the video, you see a teen who faced more than one of these consequences in relation to his drinking. Two minor in possession charges ended up costing him his first semester of college. A DWI has resulted in a life-long challenge when it comes to finding a job. It all started at one party.
According to the CDC, consequences surrounding underage drinking include:
School problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades.
Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities.
Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk.
Physical problems, such as hangovers or illnesses.
Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity.
Disruption of normal growth and sexual development.
Physical and sexual assault.
Higher risk for suicide and homicide.
Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, and drowning.
Abuse of other drugs.
Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects.
Death from alcohol poisoning.
Having a conversation with your teen about these consequences empowers them to make positive choices. Talk to your teen about these risky behaviors and remind them that they don’t have to walk this path alone.