Homecoming is an exciting part of the school year. The fresh winds of autumn set the perfect scene for football games and good times. While we, as adults, may look back with fondness on their homecoming memories, we also know that this event also has the potential to end on a sour note. Underage drinking is still a problem facing many high school and college students, and before anyone’s football excitement turns into a moment of regret, here are some tips for an alcohol-free homecoming.
Don’t Drink. It may seem simple, but the easiest way to prevent underage drinking is to stay away from alcohol. Remind your kids that if they’re around alcohol, not to be tempted. They can always leave and go somewhere that is alcohol-free. Rather than get into any awkward situations, they find something else to do and have the benefit of remembering the fun they had while sober.
Throw Your Own Party. Your “open bar” can have sodas, juices and a selection of flavored water – all of which are perfect for Homecoming celebrations! Play games and music that gets everyone involved. The fun part of most parties is the fact that everyone is participating, not whether or not anyone has alcohol.
Be Community-Minded. A lot of people who don’t want to drink get pressured into it by their peers. No matter how old you are, peer pressure can rear its ugly head. Make sure to look out for your kids and their friends. We all need someone to stand with us at times, especially when facing the pressure of underage drinking. As an adult, you can not only be firm with your rules about drinking, but, offer a source of strength to anyone tempted by underage drinking.
While homecoming is an exciting time of year, it can also be dangerous. Underage drinking can easily lead to problems with drunk driving, including court costs, fines, car breathalyzer installations and other life-altering consequences. With these tips in mind, homecoming can remain what it is intended to be: a fun way to kick off the fall season.