I am 16 years old and an exchange student from Spain at Richland High School. Alcohol is a major influence in America, especially in teenagers.
At school, the teachers are always telling us the bad results from it. Such as the consequences of drinking it, but most of the youth don’t care and continue to be disillusioned to its effect.
We do it because of group pressure, it comes across as fun, and in America bragging rights of it well exceeds that of many other activities.
But the reality is — what is the fun in not remembering the night before? When our parents and friends tell us the truth of what was actually an awful night for them. The selfish actions that we have caused by drinking. Knowing that while we laid violently unrested, they had to take care of us. The flashbacks from the night before only show shame, as parents look to ease our ruined bodies to bed. The feeling is infinite.
It’s not the memory that is often lost once we take that final shot of alcohol, but rather our dignity.
Jose Maria Leal Martin