Call them yobs, call them hooligans, call them what you must- but at least try and understand them.
These are teenagers with nothing else to do. Too old to stay at home doing nothing, too young to go to the pub for a quiet drink with their friends.
Clubs aren't an option until you're 18, teen clubs are considered "lame" and pretty much anything else is far above the average teenager's budget. Cinemas, most gigs, 'teen-friendly' events all cost a hell of a lot for the standard unemployed 17 year old.
But hey, do you know what is cheap?! BOOZE AND DRUGS!
And a cheap venue? PARKS! THE STREETS! CAR PARKS!
That's why teenagers really drink. It's a cheap saturday night out, and it's a way to show how incredibly cool, adult and rebellious you are in front of all your friends!
So next time you see hoodies with bottles of Jack Daniels hanging around on street corners (which really isn't the majority of teenagers, anyway) please just understand that although what they're doing is a bit stupid, there's really nowhere else for them to go.
Comment if you agree/disagree with me! I always love to hear what you guys think, you're a pretty smart bunch. Plus, most of you are teenagers anyway, so I'm sure you have something to say about this issue!