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What's the Worst that Could Happen?


What's the Worst that Could Happen?

Consider the following potential outcomes. Which one would you most want to avoid?

1. Getting in trouble at school?
2. Getting in trouble with your parents?
3. Getting busted?
4. Doing something you’d regret?
5. Doing something you’d forget?
6. Blacking out or passing out?
7. Destroying a friendship?
8. Destroying your health?
9. Hurting yourself—or someone else?
10. Having unsafe sex or abusing someone sexually?

Experiences like these happen. Do they happen to everyone, every time? No, but regular alcohol or drug use increases the risks. Long-term alcohol and drug use can produce long-term changes in your behavior and brain function, impair your judgment and decision-making and make it harder for you to learn new things.

Using a fake ID to buy alcohol?

Are you one of those people who can’t wait to be 21? If you are thinking about borrowing or buying a fake ID, or if you already have one, you might want to consider the consequences of getting caught with one.

It’s a crime to possess, make or sell false identification for any purpose.

The punishment? Get caught using a fake ID to buy alcohol at a liquor store, a concert or a bar and you could:

  • Lose your driver’s license for up to a year in some states.
  • Be fined hundreds to thousands of dollars.
  • You can even face jail time.

Did you know…

Conviction for using a fake ID could turn up on your permanent criminal record—and that’s not a good thing when you look for a job.

Got busted?

Every college sends a Code of Conduct to new students. Read through it. Schools expect you to follow it. Here’s what you need to know now.

There’s no such thing as small-time crime.

Consequences vary at every college for drinking—and for using, possessing, abusing and selling drugs. But wherever you are, you could also face severe criminal charges in addition to college sanctions like these:

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Resources

College Drinking—Changing the Culture
Phoenix House: Facts on Tap