The reasons for underage drinking vary and may be very personal. Someone may just drink because they enjoy it, even when they’re not with their friends or because they suffer from dependency. It’s always wise to refrain from assuming you know why someone participates in a specific behavior.
That said, researchers do note that peer pressure has a “massive influence.” When teens and others who are under 21 choose to drink, it may well be because their peers are doing so.
The college experience
For instance, say you get to college, excited about meeting new people and expanding your mind. Many of your friends drink, but you never do. Then, one night, you end up at a social gathering with them.
You still don’t plan to drink, but then one of your peers tells you that it’s an essential part of the college experience. They give you a free drink so that you can’t use the cost as an excuse, and they tell you that you don’t want to miss out. This is a time in your life that you can never get back.
When the police show up at the party and arrest you for underage drinking, it’s easy to look back and ask yourself in frustration why you did it. But the reality is clear: You were pressured into it and made a potentially life-altering decision based on the advice of someone you don’t actually know all that well.
This type of arrest can leave you feeling very concerned for your future. It’s critical to take the time to look into your legal options and get the right team on your side.