You just arrived at college and you have little to no friends yet. You want to mingle in with the other students and have been invited to a weekend party. This party will include cool music, beer, chatting and hookups. You don’t drink, but feel stupid going to the party and saying, “I don’t drink.” What can you do to not look like a dweeb?
For starters, be honest with yourself. Does drinking really make you cool? In actuality, it doesn’t. If you have the ability to party and have fun with no drinking involved, it makes you a stronger person. It makes you someone that knows yourself and what you need. People that drink at parties often do so because they need to relieve stress or just have fun. If you can go to a party not having to drink, pat yourself on the back. You are not a “party pooper”. Instead, you are someone that knows how to have fun without all the drama and expense of drinking.
Think about how much money you can save by not having to buy or chip in for beer at a party. If you can just show up and have fun, you have conquered half of the battle. Let people know you for what you stand for. If you are true to yourself, then others will recognize that and find truth about you. There is nothing worse than talking to someone drunk that has no idea who they are or what they are even talking about.
Many students that binge drink don’t realize that it can be lethal to your health. Projectknow.com wrote a story about a man by the name of Philip Dhanens. He was just 18 years old when he died from binge drinking. He was told by his fraternity brothers that he would not be able to leave his room until he drank all of the alcohol. It was a simple game that the fraternity was trying to play. However, it turned into a fatal game that took the life of someone that could have had a bright future ahead of them.
Stories like Philips are heartbreaking and hard to understand for most people. To lock someone in a room and force them to drink something is down-right foolish. The fact that you have a mind that says no to binge drinking shows how mature you really are.
If that story is not hard enough to read about, we must include Lydia Gale Clark’s story. She was celebrating her 21st birthday and downed 16 shots. She died from this. Binge drinking once again proved to be the wrong choice.
If you tell people at the party that you don’t drink, they should respect your decisions. If they don’t respect your decision, it may be time to leave the party and make friends elsewhere. Not everyone drinks in college. This is a myth that most college students don’t understand completely. Get more facts about binge drinking at harptreatmentcenter.com.