…what’s the big deal?
“First of all, not everyone is doing it. However, honestly, even if everyone were, I still wouldn’t want you to do it. Would you like me to list the reasons why?
- “It’s illegal, and the legal consequences are quite serious.”
- “It’s dangerous and here are the physical consequences: getting into dangerous sexual situations, getting into a vehicle under the influence, falling, otherwise injuring yourself or others, physical limitations from being hung over or foggy, problems with healthy brain development.”
- “It’s dangerous and here are the psychological consequences: You could be using alcohol to avoid your anxiety or a depression, which masks but doesn’t solve the problem. You certainly lose sight of your long-term goals, your priorities get scrambled, your brain chemicals shift because of the alcohol. Alcohol use is known to work on the brain chemicals as a depressant. Not to mention it makes people act stupid.”
- “We have family members/I have a friend from high school who lost their entire life and everything that was important to them: family, spouses, kids, jobs, self-respect, you name it to substance abuse. You might not have a problem that serious, but there is no way of knowing whether you will or not. It is so much easier not to put it to the test.”
- “I like life better without being foggy. It is so much more interesting, more vibrant, more moving without alcohol or drugs. I want you to have that experience.”