Devils of Drinking

July 27, 2012

With college come some of the most exciting and nerve-racking changes we young folk have ever experienced. Tiny dorm rooms, classes of 150 students… or more, long walks across campus to get to class in ten minutes; those are the easy ones.

The challenging changes come with starting new in an environment in which no one knows who you are. You have to create an identity for yourself, a persona, how you want people to view you. Some deal with this better than others and some come out on top, while some sink with the pressure to be like “everyone else;” the stereotypical college student.

The stereotypical college student comes with their stereotypical habits: the most common associated with college? Drinking. Whether they are underage freshman or 23 year old seniors, drinking and college appear to go hand it hand. But why is it that because I am a college student, people think that I drink?

“I think it is because for the first time for most of the students, they are independent,” said local college student Marie Ray. They don’t have parents telling them what they can and cannot do and so they chance it by “living on the wild side” for the first time in their life, and this unfortunately means drinking.

But whether the student is making straight A’s or whether they are failing every class, the assumption is that they drink. From experience I can honestly say that the infectious drinking need has not taken the entirety of the college campus; there are those who don’t drink, there are those who do.

Teen Vogue recently published an article about the dangers of drinking and why it is young adults feel compelled to drink, even if they are underage.

In party situations, where the pressure to drink may be strong, Hartstein suggests that you simply pretend: Fill a glass with seltzer and a lime so it looks like a drink. Sometimes, acting silly or seemingly intoxicated will keep others from giving you more alcohol,” Teen Vogue said in their article.

The reason is right there, the proof is in the pudding, the parties, the drinking, people do it to fit in. It has become such a large stigma related to college and university life, that specialists are actually encouraging young partygoers to “fake” being drunk. Drinking has become such a dominant part of college life, students are being told to fake being drunk and fake drinking simply to fit in.

It is unfortunate that there is such an extensive pressure to drink that even underage students feel the need to show up and at least act drunk to simply associate and make friends.

There is a time and there is a place at which drinking is appropriate, but when its reputation takes over that of what college is supposed to be about, there is an issue at hand. College is about continued education, perfecting your craft, growing up and not about drinking. But of course, there is a little room for fun.


  1. The majority of college students don't drink because they feel pressured to; nobody is going to force you to drink or make fun of you if you don't drink. They drink because it's fun. It's a temporary break from reality. And as long as they are responsible about it, it's none of your business.

  2. Thank you for your input Anon! :)