Contrary to what you might believe, not everyone drinks in college.
I don’t drink. Personally, I hate the smell and don’t like the idea of not being in control of my actions or even forgetting what happened the previous night.
I have friends who also don’t drink for similar reasons. I have other friends who don’t drink for religious reasons.
If you’re like me and you don’t drink, you can make it through college alcohol free if you want to. It usually helps if your friends don’t drink, but it’s almost inevitable that you will have friends that indulge in a beverage or ten. There’s three routes you can take: avoid the parties, go to the party but decline alcohol, or even pretend to drink. Bring your own plastic cup and fill it with water or whatever you want. Take sips throughout the night and chill out. If you find it difficult to decline alcohol, you can always claim that you have to do something in the morning. If you’re off campus, you can claim to be the designated driver.
If you’re going to drink, be safe. Don’t drink and drive. Make sure you know your limit. If you drink excessively, you can lose consciousness or even die from alcohol poisoning. The best thing to do is make sure you’re drinking in a familiar environment, and you have a buddy that can watch out for you. One of my friends told me that he watches out for his drunk friends by laying them on their side. If the person is laying flat on their back, they could choke on their own throw up.
What a good friend. I don’t know how close I’d like to be to my friend’s upchuck.
So what to take from this? You don’t need to be pressured into something if you don’t want to do it. And if you happen to partake, make sure you’re being responsible.