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Do you go to parties or social places where people drink? "I occasionally attend parties where there's beer. I have yet to earn a license."

What are your thoughts about drinking? "I understand that it offers a state of mindless bliss, but why drink when you know how harmful it is?"

Did you learn about the effects of drinking in school? "It seems as if every year, I have a class that focuses on drugs, alcohol, sex, et cetera. They're definitely helpful, and I take everything I learn to consideration."

Do you have family members who drink regularly? "I know that my father [drinks], but I rarely see him. My family only drinks socially at parties and gatherings."

Have you ever been tempted to drink? "Definitely. After a successful home-team football game during my sophomore year of high school, everyone was celebrating at a beer-washed party. I didn't want to refuse because, well, I guess the celebration was the result of unity and a desire to enjoy each other's company while still basking in the victorious limelight. Even though I did not have a drink, I certainly did not want to appear haughty in any way by declining." -- Vivian Pham, Mt. Carmel H.S.

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