I am 21 years old. Therefore, I have license to drink and perform all sorts of debauchery that 21 year olds are entitled to. But I do not drink. I don’t judge those who drink but I don’t understand why they do it. For every argument FOR drinking, I have a personal argument AGAINST drinking.
THEY SAY: You’re 21! You can drink now!
I SAY: I can also buy cigarettes and lottery tickets but I don’t want to. It’s just not my style. Just because I can doesn’t mean I should or that I want to.
THEY SAY: You’ll lose all your inhibitions when you drink.
I SAY: I like my inhibitions. They keep me from doing something I’ll regret.
THEY SAY: You’ll l have more fun when you drink.
I SAY: I have plentyyyy of fun when I’m sober. I have often been mistaken for a drunk person, when I’m at the peak of my sober-fun.
Personally, my biggest reason for not drinking is that I hate feeling out of control. I like knowing exactly where I am and exactly what I’m doing. I do not like people telling me the next day what I did the night before. Alcohol often makes a fool of people.
Some people when drunk lose their composure, and often times their lunch. If there’s one thing you should know about it, it’s that I HATE THROWING UP! And I will avoid anything that would make me do it. Last year, I had soy milk with my cereal and promptly became ill. To this day, I will not touch soy milk with a 10-feet pole.
These are just my personal reservations toward drinking. I do not judge people who decide to drink. I just hope that people are being safe. I personally do not advocate drinking, but I understand that everyone over the age of 21 can legally partake. All I am saying is that if you drink, DRINK IN MODERATION.
Social drinking usually isn’t an issue for full grown adults because most adults have learned their limits at some points. In college we have a lot of wanna-be adults who can’t hold their liquor.
This weekend was Halloween and people were going crazy.
I saw some funny and interesting things. I saw a Willow ‘Whip my hair” Smith costume! I saw Esmeralda, several bananas, a wizard and other creatively costumed people.
The costumes were great! However, the most DISGUSTING THING I saw this weekend was…brace yourself because this is really gross.
…I saw…[I'm still shaken about it]…I saw a water fountain…full of VOMIT!! I am so serious! I almost threw up when I saw it. I am so disturbed that someone would even do such a thing. This is what I’m talking about. Do not drink to the point where you are throwing up in water fountains! It’s not OK. It’s not cute. It’s not acceptable.
People have labeled UT a “party school” but I think binge drinking is a problem every college has. Anyone can be susceptible to binge drinking. It can sneak up on you in a matter of shots.
I say all this to say, KNOW YOUR LIMITS. It’s your choice to drink or to not. Don’t let someone tell you that you have to drink in order to have fun. It’s not true.
On a lighter note, this is a random and funny list I found of 150 things to do instead of drinking. I pulled out my favorite ones. A lot of the stuff on the list makes me go hmm, so this is what other people do when they’re not drinking, huh? It’s a pretty amusing list.
6. Research your genealogy
10. Clean the mildew in your bathroom
18. Set up a family budget
20. Take up archery
24. Call your mom
25. Learn a foreign language
30. Teach a parakeet to whistle
35. Start a stamp collection
50. Make marmalade
64. Sharpen your pruning tools
149. Throw cards at a hat.
Try one of these random things this weekend…or not. Heheh! Whatever you do, with drink or sans drink, BE SAFE and HAVE FUN.
OK, I’ll get off my soapbox now. Hope everyone had a great weekend!