What it means to be alcohol and drug free

I am a seventeen year old male living in a very fast paced world where there are lots of opportunities to do some very bad things. Bad things that can either hurt somebody elses life and or endanger your own, like drinking or doing drugs. In my life I have had to go through a lot of pain, and not once have I ever turned to any form of substance abuse. A lot of my friends think I am a "goody too shoes" but when I look at myself in the mirror I see someone who I have a lot of respect for, and having respect for yourself is going to make you a better person in the long run.

Iím not going to say I have never been to "those parties" because I have, but Iíve chosen to be everyones "Designated Dave" and make sure they all get home safely. To me, I can just drink my Diet Coke and still have a great time, unlike a lot of my peers who think beer and drugs is the only thing to make them have a good time. When you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol it is hard to be held accountable for your actions because you may know what you are doing, but at the time you have this carefree attitude and just do it without thinking about any of the reprecautions.

Next year I venture of to college where I know there is a lot of alcohol and drug abuse but I know if I stick to my morals and beliefs about drinking and smoking, in the end I will be a better person for not giving into peer pressure. I know first hand what can happen when you are under the influence because my cousin drank a lot one night, actually way too much (his blood alcohol content was .42%, which is extremely high.) He decided to drive and was going 90mph up Main st. in Lisbon Falls and went to turn onto Gould Rd without slowing down. His car flipped over 9 times and finally landed in the ditch. He died twice in the helicopter on the way to CMMC and was brought back to life. When he finally came to and realized that he was parylized from the neck down, he did not want to put the burden on his family so he decided to end his life. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to experience watching a loved one die right out of me. He was a very special person in my life and now I know that I never want to be put in that situation. So I am very proud of the fact that I am alcohol and drug free.