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Going to Prom drunk

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by Miaka_M, May 21, 2015.

  1. Miaka_M

    Miaka_M Active Contributor

    When I was in highschool it was a well known trend that many students would go to prom drunk, or they would sneak in some alcoholic beverages. When I was at my prom a few students were indeed drunk and they were escorted out of out prom. Keep in mind that the tickets were around $80, so why would someone do this in the first place? What do you think of this prom trend? When you went to prom did you know anyone who went drunk?
  2. bluedressed

    bluedressed Community Champion

    Some people just don't see the allure of dressing up in a formal way, eat and have punch juice and then dance if they don't have something to "spice it up". And as much as I love dancing in a foolish way with my friends when going out, if I was to go back to high school and have to go to prom with all these people who were not really that great for friends and then the people I did not care about or even like, I'm just not sure I'd enjoy it that much. But I think that movies and shows also give the impression that this is what prom is about, spicing the punch and going wild to end high school with a bang.

    We had the after-prom for this, so our prom was pretty quiet.
  3. I didn't go to prom, because I was home schooled :rolleyes:

    But I've definitely heard of kids showing up to prom drunk or getting drunk soon after because of sneaking things in. I don't understand it, with the price of prom tickets plus the threat of getting caught. For me, rule breaking in that sense was never alluring because the risk of getting caught is just too great and when you do get caught, you're totally screwed. I wouldn't risk my graduation or criminal record by smuggling alcohol into a school and getting drunk and presumably giving it to other minors. It just seems crazy.
  4. JohnBeaulieu

    JohnBeaulieu Community Champion

    It seems to have been happening for a few generations at least. I'm not sure why. I don't quite understand it. I think at that age many people have poor impulse control. The pre-frontal cortex of our brains are not fully developed until about the age of 25. That part of the brain affects reasoning. To further complicate things the centers of the brain responsible for emotional development are in overdrive. Teenagers are intensely emotional and not as rational as adults by design.
  5. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    This is also happened back in my high school years. Just your typical peer pressure at work, it's always been the cool thing to drink and smoke at school. The prom seems to be the culmination of all of this, it's right at the end of the final year. It's an opportunity for late teens to show their coming of age and as a last hurrah, rebel at the most important night of their schooling career.
  6. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    I couldn’t confirm that anyone was actually drunk at prom, or sneaking in any booze. I did have suspicions about a few people, though. If I recall, it was actually a huge graduation party our school threw for us that was way worse for this (I didn’t go, so I only heard about it second-hand). Either way, I think they just wanted to think of themselves as badass rebels having one last hurrah, and it was one of the easiest, most overt ways.
  7. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    Well, is usually the raging hormones in teenagers bodies that causes this. Teens usually look for attention and also to fit in with the rest of the people, alcohol being a good solution for that.
  8. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Similar things happened at my school too - although we didn't have a prom, we often had the dreaded school disco where all the older kids would sneak cider in, get hammered and spend the latter part of the evening throwing up over a bush. It's just typical teenage rebellion and it's been happening for decades. As long as teenagers are teenagers, it will continue.
  9. JoanMcWench

    JoanMcWench Community Champion

    I don't think the amount of money paid would persuade anyone to do anything either way. The truth is they likely didn't personally pay for the tickets anyway. Drinking in high school is one of those taboo things that teens feel is a part of breaking the rules & establishing independence. Which is why it gets that 'cool' moniker it clearly doesn't deserve. Sometimes this could be a teaching moment for the teen though. Being able to see that people are making a spectacle of themselves might make it easier to see you don't actually look cool you look like an ass when drunk.
  10. katherine25

    katherine25 Senior Contributor

    This seems to be a popular trend for many generations. I will say though for my high school graduation which was 9 years ago we didn't have anyone show up drunk but like most graduations there was an after party which was a three day event that consisted of nothing but drinking so that could be the reason why.
  11. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    Nah, not that I know of. Prom is expensive and our dates would get pissed if we showed up drunk. It's the night that they looked forward to their whole teenage lives. Why on earth would us guys screw it up for them?