Partying, drinking alcohol and experimenting
with drugs are some of the many alluring
temptations that high school teens have to
While many of these things can appear to be the
“cool thing to do,” they ultimately can pose problems for both students and parents alike.
Of the tempting behaviors high school presents, underage drinking is one of the most prevalent.
Minors often drink because they think its cool or helps them get girls. They often fail to drink only in
moderation and often wind up binge drinking.
Binge drinking is dangerous and can be a huge problem for several reasons.
First and foremost, the teenage brain is still developing. Binge drinking damages this development
and can lead to future problems.
Additionally, after having more than five drinks in a night, chances are one is not in a capacity to
make good, safe decisions. This lack of clear judgement can lead to drinking and driving or further
drinking which can lead to alcohol poisoning and even death.
In an effort to combat these high-risk behaviors, St. Thomas held its annual “Conversations that
Count” on October 28 and 29.
This event sought to offer a way for both parents and students to educate themselves about high risk
behaviors and how to avoid them.
On the first night, freshmen students and parents were paired with various senior mentors. Here all
the parties involved gained helpful insight from responsible seniors who have been around the high
school scene for almost four years now.
This is a great way to conduct the event because freshmen and other underclassman often look up to
the seniors and see them as role models whom they want to imitate and be like.
Therefore, a senior telling a younger student that he should stay away from drinking or other
problematic behaviors will be a lot more effective and well received than if it were said by parents or