Who doesn’t like to party? But is there a point when partying crossing the line into wreckless behaviour? Here’s some info on teens and partying:
It’s been 20 years since The Beastie Boys burst onto the music scene to boldly trumpet their message to youth worldwide that “you’ve got to fight for your right to party.” Judging from what’s happening in today’s adolescent world, a generation of teenagers who weren’t even born when The Beasties first preached their party gospel have grown up embracing, living and enjoying that right. Like most kids her age, Jenna’s online profile tells visitors to her Xanga Web site that her “interests” include “dancing, loud music, weekends and being with friends.” It’s not surprising that she lists her “expertise” as “partying.” When it comes to their right to party, today’s teenagers aren’t fighting. They’ve already won.
One-third of teens and nearly half of 17-year olds attend house parties where parents are present and teens are drinking, smoking marijuana or using cocaine, Ecstasy or prescription drugs, according to the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XI: Teens and Parents, an annual back-to-school survey conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.