Teens, college, drinking and diabetes



you sound wise beyond your years :). Sadly, I was not as enlightened and certainly got into a lot of dodgy situations while drinking in college. I hope and pray my kids wind up acting more like you than me :slight_smile:


It’s so much part personality, part who are your friends, part smarts, part access to alcohol, etc… right?!


Messaging with my mom about this discussion… she replied: “well, you did take good care of yourself. But i tried to scare you enough that you wouldn’t drink… lol, dream child might be pushing it…”

I don’t remember her talking to me about drinking. She said to that: “I told you it could kill you!”


I’ve never driven drunk. I never will.

But I was pulled over for suspected drunk driving when I happened to be the designated driver headed across town to pick up my drunk friends that night.

I was new to driving a stick shift. I missed my turn and was in an unfamiliar stretch of the edge of town. I noticed a cop tailing me. I realized I was probably speeding. So then my speed was erratic. And then I tried to lose him…by pulling into a dark parking lot that turned out to be the POLICE STATION.

Not knowing my legal rights, I let them search the trunk. All they found was a radio scanner (flight students who are nerds have these to listen to ATC), aluminum foil (from foiling a TA’s office that week for his birthday), and rolls of duct tape (which we had used to tape a friend to a bike rack for an hour or two for his birthday). Well, those three things together made the cop conclude I was trafficking drugs. Once I proved I knew the local aviation frequencies for the radio scanner and explained the duct tape and aluminum foil…and that the reason I tried to lose him was because I didn’t want to get a speeding ticket…and that I was borrowing my friend’s car to be designated driver…He didn’t believe any of it! He let me and my friend go finally but said something wasn’t right.

So. You can still get pulled over for drunk driving if you’re sober. And don’t try to hide from the police in their own parking lot. That is the worst game of hide and seek ever. You will lose.


Your story sounds suspicious and I am not even a cop.


I finally made it to the house to get my drunk friends and drive them back to the dorms. You should have heard the warning they received from me that if any of them did anything stupid on the drive back I was kicking them out of the car to walk the rest of the way to campus. It was total Mom Training.


I can hear it now, “Don’t make me come back there!”


I felt so invincible when I coasted to a stop and shut down the headlights on my friend’s car in what appeared to be a forested area to lose the cop and save myself a speeding ticket. That always works in the movies so well!

Well, the very powerful spotlighting from not one but two cop cars made it very evident that I was not in a forest. I could NOT believe I had tried to lose a cop by going to his home base!!!

ETA: And after all of these years, I never gave myself credit for the fact that my plan worked! It was full of so much stupidity that he was too distracted to write me a speeding ticket!