Dad Believes Alcohol Took Son's Life

A grieving father from North County believes his teenage son may have died from drinking too much alcohol.

The family, obviously, is in a lot of pain, but Scott Eugene Roberts' father found it in him on Friday to talk to the media, saying it is important to get the message out.

"We're not invincible, and alcohol will kill you," Steven Roberts said. "There were no drugs, but there was alcohol. Alcohol is a drug that will impair your judgment and make you do things you would not normally do, imperiling your own safety and the safety of those around you."

Sixteen-year-old Scott Roberts had just finished 10th grade. On Monday night, he went with his buddies to a friend's house in Carlsbad and, according to police, played a drinking game. When his friends woke up the next morning, Scott was not  breathing.
Roberts had made sure to get the phone number where his son was staying and began calling the next morning to find out if his son had a ride to practice. Then, he said, he got the knock on the door with the terrible news.

"Just denial and rage, and a surreal experience where you feel like you're sleeping but you're not -- it's real," Roberts said.

Roberts added that said alcohol poisoning can happen to anyone. He said his son was an athlete who did well in school, never got in trouble and didn't drink much before.

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