Football Player Age: 16


While taking a medical history, you ask 16-year-old Randy about his use of alcohol. He says he does not drink because he needs to stay in shape to play running back on the football team. "But everyone keeps pressuring me to drink," he says. He admits he regularly rides in cars with his older brother's friends who drink and drive.

One recent night, he was in a car driven by a friend who had a fender bender. Another classmate was driving the other vehicle, so no one called the police or admitted to parents that alcohol was involved.

He has been invited to a drinking party on New Year’s Eve at the home of a friend whose parents will be out of town. Randy asks you whether one night of heavy drinking will affect his health.