What does everyone think about it? I live in an upper-middle class area. Every Monday when I walk into any class, I hear stories of, "So, oh my God, I was so wasted Friday, right?" It's mostly from the people that are in the AP and honors courses, which is what most of my classes are. Sometimes, from what I understand, the drinking is done at parties when people's parents aren't home. Some of the time, though, the drinking is done when the parents are there, the parents' reasoning being, "They're going to do it anyway, so they might as well do it someplace safe." My thought is- if they're going to do it at all (underage, anyway), haven't you failed as a parent? Some would respond saying, "Well, we all did it in high school," as if that makes it okay! I've always held to the belief that my dad instilled in me, saying, "If you can't raise a kid who is better than you in every way, you're not worth a damn." I know it doesn't affect me directly, but when this becomes the social norm- and more, the social ideal- I am worried. My friends (namely my girlfriend) fall into this trap. What am I to say to them? I've asked them not to drink, but I can't force them to do anything. The only thing I can do is choose not to be around when it happens, which is what I do. It baffles me why people would volunteer to temporarily knock out their judgement and thinking capabilities. I got a little personal, but my point is still there. Thoughts, from teens, parents, and anyone who did or did not drink in high school would be welcome! PS- I don't mean to come off as a high and mighty person. I have drank before, about half a dozen times. I fail to see what is so great about it.