The transition from child to youth is often a challenging one, especially in one’s high school years. Experiencing new things with new friends is an endless thrill. This new found freedom brings responsibility with it. The dangers of partying too hard is a harsh reality, and safety should always be a priority.
As young adults rebelling comes naturally , it’s almost like second nature. What we tend to forget is elders know best; they’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt. After all everybody was a teenager at some point in their life. “Don’t get involved with the wrong crowd!” is one of the most common things adults tell you before you go anywhere. But, there is some truth in this.
The company you keep is an important factor in one’s experimental years. Your friends may not be a direct reflection of you but their habits will eventually become your own. Going out to parties may be new but the choices you make could affect your life forever. Spending time with friends who have different values and goals from yourself can lead you astray. If your friends are continuously partying, drinking or doing drugs you will accept their habits as normal and possibly be convinced to try it too. That’s where the problems arise. Choosing to try smoking for example just once, will turn into two, three, or four times. Before you know it you’ve self-made a new habit with the help of your friends. The same goes for drinking alcohol excessively or experimenting with drugs. Once you open yourself up to these things, spiralling out of control usually comes after.
Partying the safe way
Ever wondered why there is a minimum age drinking limit? Adults who have been addicted to some kind of vice for most of their lives can’t kick the habit. Just imagine a minor trying to deal with all the consequences as well as reaching their future goals. There have been numerous cases of High School students who slid from being a ‘straight A’ students to not being able to finish High School, as a result of peer pressure and drug addictions. In a study done in 2007, it was found that around 5000 people die from injuries that are alcohol related. To read more about underage drinking facts follow the link: http://www.camy.org/resources/fact-sheets/consequences-of-underage-drinking-surgeon-general/
As morbid as it may sound, the aim of warning you about the horrid dangers of the risky behaviour is not to scare you. People who truly care about you want the best for you and your safety is their main concern. The last thing you want is to wake up the next morning with no memory of the sequence of events the night before. Going home with a stranger or losing your friends in an unfamiliar places is the worst! Don’t put yourself in a dangerous situation, there are many ways that could end badly.
- If you’re at a party, always get your own drink. This prevents anyone from slipping pills or other things into your drink.
- Always stay with the people you arrived with, not everyone you meet has good intentions (no matter how nice they appear to be).
- Don’t accept any tablets from people, even if all your friends do. They may be illegal or worse they might not be what the person claims.
- Getting into a car with a driver that has been drinking is a no-go. Don’t put your life in someone else’s control.
Experimenting is a part of growing up and no one is saying don’t have fun. Remember to be mindful of your surroundings and make responsible choices. Ruining your future is not worth one crazy night out. Stay safe.
By: Lushano Naidoo
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