SURVIVOR SERIES: FIVE ALCOHOL MYTHS THAT COLLEGE STUDENTS BELIEVE (AND FACTS TO DISPROVE THEM!)
- Myth #1: A few drinks will do no harm. Fact #1: Two four ounce alcoholic beverages will impair your concentration and behavior. Two to three drinks can affect one’s motor skills for up to 12-18 hours after the fact. For my athletes out there, two to three drinks can affect your endurance levels up to two days after consumption. So, don’t sleep on yourselves!
- Myth #2: Alcohol is not considered a drug. Fact #2: The definition of a drug is: “a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body”. Alcohol definitely falls under this definition. Sidenote: It is the number one abused drug, which unfortunately traps many into alcoholism. Furthermore, alcoholism slowly destroys the way one’s body function (i.e. mentally and emotionally), just like how other drugs do the same.
- Myth #3: A party is supposed to have alcohol. Fact #3: You can have a “dry” party and still enjoy yourself. As a matter of fact, you would not have to deal with people’s outrageous drunken behavior, which can lead to disciplinary action, health risks and regrets. A fun event that you can attend is Open Mic, sponsored by the Lifestyles center. Instead of going out on Thirsty Thursdays, stop by the library café instead at 7pm-10pm to enjoy the company and talents of others! (P.S. They also have healthy snacks that you can munch on while you are there!)
- Myth #4: If I drink, I will fit it. Fact #4: Alcohol is not the sole way to fit in on campus. There are many people who practice sobriety just because it is their way of life. So, I would encourage you to associate with those who are responsible.
- Myth #5: Everyone is doing it. Fact #5: The lies they tell! Less than 50 percent of college students consume alcohol regularly. Thus, a lot of people are taking a stand for themselves and their health when it comes to drinking alcohol.
Written by Angelica Perez, Peer Educator