teenage drinking script

Scene

Dialogue

Eric’s bedroom

Trophies and awards are all over the room. A letter jacket is laying across the bed. It is the middle of the week.

 
Eric is looking for a beer stash he has hidden in his room. He finds it, opens a can of beer and takes a long, hard drink. He looks over at a picture of Ashley. (ERIC)
Why do you love me so?

Eric turns, looks at his team pictures, his friends, his trophies. It is as if he is remembering the good days.

He takes another drinks.

(ERIC)
Ahhhh, much better. Now I’m ready to go out.

Cut to living room

Eric comes down the stairs. His mother and father are sitting in the living room. They are reading. Father looks as if he hardly wants to be disturbed. Mother stops Eric.

(MOM)
Where are you off to on a school night? Mr. Landers called about that unfinished schoolwork you still owe him.
He said he might have to go and talk with the coach if you didn’t get it done.
  (ERIC)
I know, Mom. I’ll get it to Mr. Landers just as soon as I’m done. Besides, I’m the star. What can any teacher do? The coach will stick up for me.
  (MOM)
Well, where are you going anyway? It still is a school night.
  (ERIC)
I’m just going over to Ashley’s. We’re going to study and then maybe go and get a burger somewhere. Why the third degree?
Editor’s note:
This scene could also be developed with a heated argument between mom and son, father and son or parents and son.
(MOM)
I just worry that you might go out and do something you shouldn’t be doing.
  (ERIC)
Mom, I can take care of myself.
  (DAD)
Good Lord, Emma. Loosen up the apron strings a bit, will ya? He’s almost an adult. I don’t think Eric would have gotten as far as he has if he couldn’t handle himself. Quit bugging him. I’m sure he’s got everything under control.
Turning to Eric’s father. (MOM)
Well, all right. If you think so…
Eric gives his mother a kiss and exits. (ERIC)
Mom, don’t worry. I’ll be okay.

Cut to Eric’s car

Eric is on his way to pick up Ashley, but he has stopped at the neighborhood carryout store first.

Eric is sitting in his car. He has an open can of beer. He is drinking.

(ERIC)
It is good to be a sports star. The owner of the convenient store is all too willing to sell me a six-pack — and I don’t need an ID.
Eric finishes the beer and puts the remaining five cans in the backseat. (ERIC)
Ah, that hit the spot. Now on to Ashley’s.

Cut to Ashley’s house

Eric is talking with Ashley’s parents. Eric is a very polite young man. He shows no signs of his drinking.

(ERIC)
We’re going to hit the library for a bit, and then maybe we’ll stop for a burger and soda on the way home.
  (ASHLEY’S MOTHER)
Well, don’t stay out too late. It is a school night, you know.
Ashley comes down the stairs. (ASHLEY’S FATHER)
Oh look, here’s Ashley now. Remember sweetheart, your mother and I want you back here by 11.
Ashley replies as she and Eric are leaving. (ASHLEY)
Okay Dad, Mom. We’ll be back by then.

Cut to Eric’s car

Eric starts the car and then leans over to kiss Ashley.

Ashley smells the beer on Eric’s breath and pushes him away.

She looks into the back and sees the remaining beer.

(ASHLEY)
I thought you promised me you were going to stop the drinking.

And I see you have the rest of your six-pack in the back seat.

Eric, I’m serious. Either you stop the drinking or I’m not going steady with you anymore.

Pulling her close. (ERIC)
Oh, baby. You know how much I really need you. This was the last six-pack I had lying around. It didn’t seem right to just throw it away. That’s throwing money away. I promise this is the last time.
FADE TO BLACK  

FADE UP FROM BLACK

School hallway

It is game day.

The coach is talking to Eric in the hallway.

(COACH)
I want to tell you, Eric, there are going to be some big college scouts watching tonight’s game. I don’t have to tell you what this means. You know it could be a scholarship.

Let me tell you, tonight it’s show time. You need to get yourself ready for this … and forget about everything and everybody else.

  (ERIC)
I got it under control coach. I’ll have my head in the game.
FADE TO BLACK  

FADE UP FROM BLACK

Eric’s room

A few hours later, just before he leaves for the game.

(ERIC)
This could be a big night. I just need one drink to relax. It always helps me loosen up a bit.

Cut to locker room

Eric and his teammates are talking typical locker room-type talk before a big game. There is a party planned for after the game tonight, so talk of the party is mixed in with the locker room bravado.

(TEAMMATE)
Eric, man. You’re gonna be there tonight, right? We’re countin’ on you.

Besides, my brother got us a keg.

A teammate of Eric’s turns to him. (ERIC — mumbling)
I dunno. Ashley’s been really at me to stop the drinking.
  (TEAMMATE)
So stop tomorrow. Hey man, it’s just one more night. Besides, it’ll be a night to celebrate when we win and you impress those college scouts.
  (ERIC)
Yeah, maybe you’re right. I can start my promise tomorrow. I’ll get Ashley to go with me. If I get too outta control, she can set me straight.

Cut to after-game party

Ashley is reluctant to go into the party.

(ASHLEY)
Eric, I don’t think we should be here. When you’re with your friends you change. You made a promise to me.
 

(ERIC)
Ashley, don’t worry, I know what I’m doing. Besides, I need to thank my teammates. Without their blocking and opening the holes in the line for me, I wouldn’t a been able to score three TDs and win the game.

These guys probably helped me get a college scholarship. I owe it to them to say thanks.

We’ll just make it a quick visit and then leave and go get something to eat.

Ashley kisses Eric and holds him tightly. (ASHLEY)
Okay, but don’t forget your promise.

Cut to party in progress

Eric and Ashley enter to a cheering crowd. Eric is steered to the center of the room. Ashley moves off into another room to talk with her friends.

(TEAMMATES — cheering)
ERIC, ERIC, ERIC, ERIC, ERIC …
Eric is high-fiving his friends. Someone hands him a beer. They all toast each other and chug the beer. (ERIC & TEAMMATES)
(Typical jock bravado, cheering, etc.)
They all toast each other again and chug another beer. (ERIC & TEAMMATES)
(Continuing the mayhem)
Ashley suddenly appears. She sees Eric in the middle, beer in hand and chanting along with the others. She starts to cry.  
When Eric turns and sees Ashley, she turns and leaves. Eric follows.  

Outside party

Eric and Ashley are standing by Eric’s car.

(ASHLEY)
I don’t think you should drive. You better give me the keys.

(ERIC)
It’s not like you think — I only had one little sip. I can handle it.

Ashley holds her hand out for keys. (ASHLEY)
I don’t know Eric. I really think I should drive.
Walking a straight line. (ERIC)
I’m fine. Look I can walk a straight line.
Reluctantly. (ASHLEY)
All right. If you really think you can …
Winking and giving her the “thumb’s up.” (ERIC)
Of course I can. I’m in control.

FADE TO BLACK

As Eric and Ashley get into the car.

 

FADE UP TO FLASHING EMERGENCY LIGHTS.

Accident scene.

Lying on the ground is a body, covered with the EMT’s blanket.

Police officers are standing by taking notes and making measurements.

(EMT - 1)
Jeez. Another one too young to die.
Emergency Medical Technicians are picking up their equipment. (EMT - 2)
When are these kids ever going to learn, drinking and driving just don’t mix.

Cut to funeral

(This scene is optional — it can either be in a church or graveside.)

Medium shot of friends and teammates from behind — neither Eric nor Ashley are in the group.

Cut to medium shot from the front

They are standing, hugging and crying.

One by one, or in a small groups, they turn and walk away.

 

Cut to burial site

Tight shot of fresh gravesite
Crowd is gone. Gravesite is covered with flowers.

A shadow passes over the grave. Suddenly a high school ring drops into the dirt.

 

Camera pulls back

We see Eric from behind as he drops down to his knees.

(ERIC)
(Sobbing)

Why! Why Ashley and not me?

It was all my fault. I was drunk but I convinced her I was okay to drive.

I never meant to hurt her. I loved her. But I lied, to her … and to myself.

Why?

Why not me?

FADE TO BLACK  

FADE UP TO ROOM

(This could be risers on a stage, a classroom, a living room in a house, etc.) Actors, in their original roles and costumes, are sitting in a casual group.

DISCUSSION

For every question that is asked, the following graphics will appear:

Who is at fault for Eric’s drinking?

Who could have helped Eric?

Who let Eric escape the consequences?

Is the drinker always the one to suffer?

Who was affected by Eric’s actions?

What is peer pressure?

DISCUSSION
Actors sitting and discussing each question.
FADE TO BLACK Closing music
CREDITS  
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Character Sketches

Eric — High school student; all star athlete; extremely charming, handsome, likable, has a severe drinking problem and doesn’t want to admit it.

Ashley — High school student; Eric’s girlfriend. Attractive, trusting, wears Eric’s class ring. Thinks Eric drinks too much and is trying to get him to stop. Loves Eric very much and is willing to accept his excuses.

Eric’s mother — Loves son very much. She denies a problem, sees son as typical teenager — sullen, grumpy, a rollercoaster of emotions. Tries harder to understand son than to hold him accountable for actions.

Eric’s father – Suffers from the typical “my son, the athlete” syndrome. Makes excuses constantly for Eric’s problems with teachers, coaches, friends, etc.

Coach — Appreciates Eric’s talent. Really needs him on the team. Knows that Eric and several players like to drink, but looks the other way.

Teammates — Eric’s circle of friends. They do everything together, and they do it hard, including playing, partying and drinking.

 

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