Can Sobriety Be Cool?

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A bottle of scotch and a glassHuey Lewis' classic anthem about growing old, er, growing up, "Hip to be Square," makes settling down and becoming mature seem like the cool thing to do. There's a group of high school students in Wisconsin that are trying to do the same thing for staying sober and clean -- and what's more, they seem to be succeeding.

The JULES group started out as a support group for friends of Julie Zdeblick, a Middleton High School junior who died of a drug overdose in 2004. It has become, however, "more of an awareness group and social group," according to the group's president, Ali Stone, 17. "We're trying to change the culture of cool," she explains. "Our message is that it's cool to be sober. You will still have fun. You will still have friends."

When I was in high school, the crowd I hung out with drank. Actually, that's not entirely accurate -- they drank a lot. I drank a lot. I don't know if such a group would have made difference to me and my friends, but I think that for a lot of kids, a non-alcoholic option is a good thing to have on a Friday night.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.