MASTERING MONDAY: ALCOHOL AND SOCIALIZING
The use of alcohol, or “having a drink”, has become popular in many social groups among the college population, we all know this. Alcohol seems to be a tool used by many to “loosen up.” Seen as a way to become more outgoing when socializing with others, alcohol has become a permanent part of college life. However, drinking is not the end-all-be-all to college happiness. For that group out there that drinks because they do not want to look “lame” around their peers, or simply don’t enjoy the taste of alcohol beverages, know that there are other options and that alcohol consumption is a choice.
The Center of Science In The Public Interest provides us with an article informing audiences about the factual relationship between college students and alcohol use. This article answers questions such as “Who drinks and how much?” They also focus on the implications of college alcohol consumption, including the secondhand effects like property damage. Click in the link provided below to learn about these and more facts!
Either by experiencing it themselves or listening to other people stories, it would appear that most college students know a lot about drinking. However, not all of us are aware of what exactly happens in our body when a foreign substance, such as alcohol, enters our system. Have you ever wondered why people under the influence seem to repeat the same thing over and over again? This AsapSCIENCE YouTube video examines the effect of alcohol on our brain and answers some of the questions you might have about certain behaviors people may exhibit.
- Get informed. Knowing how much alcohol we are consuming is something we should be aware of. For example; did you know that the amount of drinks involved in “binge drinking” varies depending on your gender? If you want to know more about this and related topics you can stop by the Lifestyles Center at any time and we will try our best to provide you with the information you are looking for.
- Learn some biological facts. It is really important for us to know what exactly makes our body change and respond the way it does in the presence of alcohol. There are many reliable sources of information that can provide you with facts on how alcohol affects your body. These resources don’t have to be boring textbooks or in-class presentation; they can be found on YouTube channels such as AsapSCIENCE (Which as boring as it sounds is actually a ton of fun).
- Don’t be a bystander. If you see someone struggling on whether to start consuming alcohol because of peer pressure, or see them being forced to drink at a social event, speak up. No one should make someone drink alcohol against their will. No one should be pressured to do something they are not ready for. There are many resources on campus (eg. Lifestyles Center) that can guide you towards intervening.
- You are not alone. If you think that your use of alcohol goes beyond a “socializing tool” and it has become a dependency for everyday life, don’t hesitate to speak up. There are many resources around you; such as Resident Assistants/Resident Mentors, the Counseling Center, and the Peer Educator program at the Lifestyles Center, that can guide you in the right direction.
- IT’S OKAY NOT TO DRINK. Remember, alcohol is a choice not a necessity. You do not need alcohol to have fun. Although it might seem like it, you don’t need alcohol to fit in. You choice of not consuming alcohol should be respected anywhere you go. Believe it or not, there are many other people that have chosen not to drink alcohol and still have fun when socializing.
Written by Stacy Palacos, Peer-Educator.
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