Julia Knepper ‘17 – She acted so excited for this night. She looks around the the room, heavy with sour alcohol walls and food smears. The dank arena was packed with competing eyes and solo cups.

Girls in leggings coat the couches and ping pong isn’t really ping pong. As she selects her poison to inject or chug, her eyes dart from one corner of the basement to the other, subconsciously securing her ability to blend in. Her best friends forever encircle her and watch the poison loosen her body in the name of “fun”. Because they care. They truly just want the best for her.

The music’s bass sent the cold cement floor into spasms and the noise oddly comforted her. It was distraction. Maybe it was all a distraction. An escape from problems she didn’t want to face. The more she drank the farther away she would drift into a safer place.

According to the U.S Surgeon General, more than 40% of teens who admitted drinking said they drink when they are upset; 31% said they drink alone; 25% said they drink when they are bored; and 25% said they drink to “get high.”

After the back of her hand wipes the vomit from her lips, she captions her classic crop top picture with “best night of my life.”

She goes home and hides her tear stained face and stench seeping throat from her parents who are so very proud of her. Laying in her bed the view of her ceiling blurs over with her tears and her chest heaves in crashing waves of disgust.  

According to sadd.org, teens who drink heavily are three times more likely to try and hurt themselves (self-harm, attempt suicide etc.) than those who don’t.

People liked her, yet the loneliness she felt in that basement of bodies was a mystery. It was a ton of fun. A night to remember, if she could remember anything.

Dosomething.org says that 9 out of 10 American teens report that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause.

Who is really having fun?

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