It is no surprise that alcohol is prevalent in our society. It is the most commonly used, easy to get and legal drug in the United States. Unfortunately, alcohol use doesn’t come without consequences—from waking up with a hangover to death in a traffic accident, alcohol use isn’t innocent.
The legalization debate is probably one of the most heated and contentious arguments on the subject of drugs. I have a hard time thinking of another topic in the area that is discussed as often or to such a great length as the legalization debate.
As much as parents might not want to think about it, alcohol use is quite prevalent among young people, even those under the age of 21. That is something to be concerned about. We might chalk it up to “just what teens and young adults are going to do,” but we walk on thin ice when we do that. Alcohol use among adolescents can have serious consequences.
As a teen, I learned about alcohol by going to friends’ houses and sneaking into their fathers’ liquor cabinets. The rush was exciting and I learned that day that being drunk seemed fun.
In October of 2012 I finally got the reality check I needed. I, along with many other college students, spent way too much time drinking and having fun than actually going to class and paying attention.
Pine Ridge sits just across the state line from Whiteclay, Nebraska. Surrounded by the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, it’s a typical small town in this rural area. It’s got a hospital, small college, propane supplier and pizza restaurant.