I'm underage, however, I have friends the same age as me (fifteen) and younger
that get drunk. It doesn't really affect me at all what they wanna do - but I have to shake my head when they do something stupid.
A couple of them were drunk at school near the end of the Grade Nine year. One girl had too much in combonation with weed (which, from what I'm told, is not a good thing to mix, ever) and ended up vomiting all day, and once right outside the office where she got caught and almost expelled. The others were pretty good at hiding it (unless you started a conversation with them or if they tried to move around a lot).
Personally, I really don't see the draw of doing something like that at school. What's fun about spending six classes trying to listen to a teacher when your head is turning cartwheels?
But, the way I see it, you're only a teen once - go party if you like (for the right reasons), whatever. But knowledge is power, and so many kids don't know what they're getting into, or how they should do it. A lot of the (...responsible?) users go to Erowid
, which is basically a no-lies-all-truth (not like ADAC) website with basically every bit of information you could want on a substance, including personal experiences that people have submitted.
I meet a lot of people online and in real life who are Straight Edge. I don't know if it's really something I want to pledge, but it's awesome how even the most unlikely people on the hardcore scene you find out are SxE.
I went to a new school this year, met some fellow metal lovers. One guy looks just like the typical scene - long hair, chains hanging out from everywhere, et cetera. I added him on Facebook, and I find out in his profile that he's SxE - it pretty much sent me to college, hahah!