Throughout high school and college, common recreational activities are drinking, drugs, and smoking. No matter the reason behind trying them, it all boils down to rebellion. The reason why drinking, drugs, and smoking are so popular is because they provide teenagers the ability to let go. To escape from social constructs, the academic system, facades, personal life issues, etc, and have no worries at all. That's the great appeal to them, they provide the ability to experience total bliss, whether it be for a life time or for only a second.