Before I got sick and ended up in a wheelchair, I did a lot of traveling. Some pleasure, mostly business. And I did a lot of it alone. And even when hubby came along, he was more content to sit on our balcony and read or play chess, I am the get up and go adventurous one. I've been solo traveling since before I could drink, even, not that drinking and clubbing ever were a part of my vocabulary. But I knew and still do, how to be safe as a woman traveling. You just don't do stupid. Period. Even if this were her first time on a cruise. Even if this was her first time in a club. Even if this were her first time in a bar. You just don't do stupid and you just don't blame it on others.
In this day and age, with TV, news and 13 year olds going on 30, I don't think there is a person or woman alive that doesn't know that you watch your drink, alcoholic or otherwise, like a hawk and never, no not ever take a drink from anyone else except the bartender. Has this sheltered child never watched CSI, One Tree Hill, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl? Maybe if she lives in a sheltered community with no eletricity or TV much less cable? And I find this difficult to believe. What about drug education classes in school? Perhaps her mother didn't want her precious daughter's innocence trampled by the fact and opted her out of that particular class.
Maybe 35 years ago, when I was a teenager, I might not have heard of such things, but not teenagers, today. They know far more than we ever did. And if you did stupid, back then, you took responsibility for it. Today, lets blame everybody else and lets try to get something free out of it.
No, not only did this pure, innocent, sheltered child know what she was getting into, she walked right in, invited and RSVPing like a pro.
No matter who you are, no matter how experienced you are and no matter what you do, when you travel and in life, you just don't do stupid. And everything she did was just plain stupid. She knew she was underage to drink, but she did it anyhow. She took a drink from a stranger. And she got sick. Too bad. Hopefully, its a lesson learned.