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drinking? - June 10th 2012, 07:59 PM

Is drinking in high school okay? Like, when you're just 16.
Not become a renowned drunkard, but just having fun. Like beer and a few shots, etc

Don't judge me because I sin differently from you.

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Re: drinking? - June 10th 2012, 10:56 PM

Anything in moderation is okay. Often times people who party hard in highschool pick up bad habits in one form or another. I think its important to live life and enjoy yourself but know the risks and be mindful of what's happening around you. Socially drinking is acceptable, drinking for the sake of getting a buzz on a Monday probably isn't the best idea however.

You just have to know your limit and play within it. Don't go over board and make yourself sick. When people drink it changes their guard, things that would otherwise not be acceptable are more apt to happen. Also if the legal age isn't 16 where you live it might be best to wait, I feel somewhat obligated to say that.

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Re: drinking? - June 10th 2012, 11:20 PM

I agree with Ryan, that drinking in moderation and for the sake of having fun is somewhat acceptable. But you do have to know your limits. If alcoholism runs in your family, is probably not a good idea. If the drinking age where you are is above your age, its also not a good idea. Just know that you have limits and be careful.
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Re: drinking? - June 10th 2012, 11:35 PM

You should know that you run the risk for higher amounts of neurological damage and alcoholism if you start drinking heavily at a younger age. So yes, in moderation.

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Re: drinking? - June 11th 2012, 11:04 AM

Of courrrseeeee it is, but then again, where I come from people start getting drunk at 14. Just be careful - try and learn your limits quickly and don't push them.

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Re: drinking? - June 11th 2012, 06:03 PM

Hm. The legal drinking age here is 25, nobody really waits that long. :P
Though there are many ready to judge.
I've only gotten drunk once, that too not completely wasted. Plus I was with friends who would look after me. Sometimes I feel like it when I'm pissed off. To blow off some steam, though I don't do it.
No, drinking does not run in my family. At parties or other such occasions, yes, my family does indulge in it. But that's it. Not regularly.

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Re: drinking? - June 11th 2012, 06:28 PM

If you do it to blow off steam, that's better than doing it for the buzz, but it still isn't healthy. I grabbed this from the Alternatives to Self Harm thread, but it works for when you feel like doing something detrimental to your health such as doing drugs or drinking.

Alternatives for when you're feeling angry or restless:

  • Scribble on photos of people in magazines
  • Viciously stab an orange
  • Throw an apple/pair of socks against the wall
  • Have a pillow fight with the wall
  • Scream very loudly
  • Tear apart newspapers, photos, or magazines
  • Go to the gym, dance, exercise
  • Listen to music and sing along loudly
  • Draw a picture of what is making you angry
  • Beat up a stuffed bear
  • Pop bubble wrap
  • Pop balloons
  • Splatter paint
  • Scribble on a piece of paper until the whole page is black
  • Filling a piece of paper with drawing cross hatches
  • Throw darts at a dartboard
  • Go for a run
  • Write your feelings on paper then rip it up
  • Use stress relievers
  • Build a fort of pillows and then destroy it
  • Throw ice cubes at the bathtub wall, at a tree, etc
  • Get out a fine tooth comb and vigorously brush the fur of a stuffed animal (but use gentle vigor)
  • Slash an empty plastic soda bottle or a piece of heavy cardboard or an old shirt or sock
  • Make a soft cloth doll to represent the things you are angry at; cut and tear it instead of yourself
  • Flatten aluminium cans for recycling, seeing how fast you can go
  • On a sketch or photo of yourself, mark in red ink what you want to do. Cut and tear the picture
  • Break sticks
  • Cut up fruits
  • Make yourself as comfortable as possible
  • Stomp around in heavy shoes
  • Play handball or tennis
  • Yell at what you are breaking and tell it why you are angry, hurt, upset, etc.
  • Buy a cheap plate and decorate it with markers, stickers, cut outs from magazines, words, images, what ever that expresses your pain and sadness and when you're done, smash it. (Please be careful when doing this)
  • The Calm Jar (Fill a mason jar or similar with colored water and glitter. When feeling upset or angry you can shake it to disturb the glitter and focus on that until the glitter settles.)
  • Blow up a balloon and pop it
I hope this helps!
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Re: drinking? - June 11th 2012, 07:35 PM

Well, no one can really stop you at this age.. but yeah.. you don't want a reputation or anything.. My advise is enjoy yourself but don't embarrass yourself x
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