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Parents of high schoolers worry about the parties their kids attend, and rightfully so. Drinking and drug use may occur at unsupervised parties; inebriated teens may get behind the wheel and endanger the lives of themselves, their passengers and innocent drivers; and alcohol poisoning, sexual assault or arrest are stark possibilities when minors drink to excess. However, the image of a crazy high school party in which parents are on vacation and the whole school shows up for a kegger is a little overblown. Yes, the occasional party does approach out-of-control levels, but the majority of parties are smaller affairs, drawing no more than a few dozen kids, and perhaps even thrown with the blessing of parents who think teens will be safer if they drink in a supervised setting.
Kids have more room to drink and often rely on their own alcohol—including the harder stuff—rather than waiting in a keg line to get a beer. Furthermore, the less crowded a party is, the more opportunity for teens to find a secluded spot to do drugs. And the one thing that often breaks up bigger Wild high school parties before they get more dangerous—the police—may not be a factor at a smaller party where kids can keep the noise to a dull roar.
So what really goes on at high school parties? What is most important is taking an active interest in where your kids are going, if a party will be supervised and setting firm rules dictating no drinking or drugs. According to the Monitoring the Future study conducted by the University of Michigan, Although these s continue a downward trend—inthe percentages were a frightening The s of 10th- and 12th-graders who had been drunk dropped to 9.
Take any five high school seniors—one of them, on average got intoxicated, maybe at a party, in the past month.
Pot may be more prevalently smoked at high school parties simply because there are few other opportunities for teens to do so. In the same Michigan survey, marijuana use actually climbed for 12th-graders inup from And the s are far worse than 25 years ago, almost doubling in that time. Big or small, supervised or unsupervised, high school parties with drugs and alcohol can be dangerous. For starters, drinking games beer pong, quarters and so on can get teens drunk in a hurry.
Inexperienced drinkers may not know when to stop, and the consequences range from the obvious vomiting and passing out to, more seriously, alcohol poisoning.
Second, sexual assault is a huge issue at parties with drugs and alcohol. Impaired teens might be taken advantage of and not be able to fight back; also, their calls for help may not be heard. Third, alcohol lowers inhibitions and le to bad decisions all around not just sexually. Fights, accepting challenges to drink more or try a stupid stunt, or, most disturbingly, driving while impaired—or passengers not recognizing that the driver is impaired—are not only stupid choices, but unsafe behaviors. Even the best teens may end up at parties where alcohol and drugs are present.
When confronted with a dangerous situation, you want your kids to call you for help, even if they have been drinking. Therefore, make this deal with your children: If they need a ride home because they are impaired, because their ride is impaired or simply because they want to go and none of their friends wants to leave, they can call you and you will pick them up, no questions asked until the next morning. Unsupervised high school parties are an obvious problem, but so are supervised parties at which parents allow attendees to drink.
Our Safe Homes, Smart Parties campaign details the risks of high school parties with alcohol, and offers strategies for parents and teens to work together to throw supervised parties that are fun and free of booze and drugs.
If you can tolerate a little mess and some possible loud music, your kids and their friends can enjoy a party—and stay safe at the same time. Topics: high schoolsafe homes smart parties. Informed Families Blog. Teen Marijuana Statistics Pot may be more prevalently smoked at high school parties simply because there are few other opportunities for teens to do so.
Dangerous Behaviors at Parties Big or small, supervised or unsupervised, high school parties with drugs and alcohol can be dangerous. Offer a Ride Home Even the best teens may end up at parties where alcohol and drugs are present. Safe Homes, Smart Parties Unsupervised high school parties are an obvious problem, but so are supervised parties at which parents allow attendees to drink. About Us We teach people how to say no to drugs and how to make healthy choices. To reduce the demand for drugs, Informed Families has focused its efforts on educating and mobilizing the community, parents and young people in order to change attitudes.
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