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Freshmen and drinking
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23 / M / Somewhere in rura...
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Posted 8/22/14
So, I'm starting back to college, I'm a senior, and I'm in a freshman overfill dorm. This isn't necessarily the problem, in fact, I've kind of become like a den mother to these kids in the past week. I went to get a burger at the local 1 am burger joint, and a bunch of drunken college students came in. Well, I almost finish it when a group of freshman girls beg me to finish my meal with them. I do, at which point they start acting obnoxious, and loud. Like, damaged my all ready FUBAR hearing loud. I asked one how much she had had to drink, she responded by asking me how much I had had to drink, which was one beer, the awesome perk of being 21. Upon asking what grade they're in, they all announce they're freshman college kids. One of them actually tried to talk me out of my major. I finally had finished my meal and had had enough. I walked out just as they were getting ready to get punted.
So my question, what is it about getting dangerously lit that kids find to be positively delightful even though it's illegal and dangerous. Despite being the spawn of two alcoholics, I don't really feel anything toward alcohol. I have one beer a month, sometimes two. The idea of actually being plastered bugs me, I tend to get the headache while I'm still drinking.
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Posted 8/23/14
Popular culture and media glorification of deviant behavior, prioritization of immediate gratification as opposed to delayed, peer pressure, and impending adulthood. I like to think of it as weeding out from the college environment the people who excessively drink, abuse substance, and contract venereal disease. My campus is no different, I once smelled the scent of alcohol emanating from a freshman's thermos during lecture, sad times these are.

This problem, if one can call it that, should not occupy your concern. However considering the high probability of their aberrant behavior and conduct affecting you, it is unfortunately.
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22 / M / NJ, USA
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Posted 8/23/14
Along with what Realtaliation had said, it's the feeling of invincibility young idiots experience when leaving their home environment and are now entering this new life of semi-independence. Here at my university, it is no different. As a freshman, I personally didn't really care what the other kids were doing. When they played, drank, or partied, I studied. I wouldn't pay any mind to them. They will either whip themselves into shape once the scholarships or grades start to go, or drop out.
Posted 8/23/14
Those girls wanted to show you mad love, probably not as drunk as you think. Loud and obnoxious is the inexperienced female's way of attracting male attention. lol I kid. I don't know, who cares?
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Posted 8/23/14
I'm under the assumption that they're spurred by the thrill of shedding their inhibitions and embracing a "forbidden fruit," though it's certainly not a universal phenomenon. Naturally, it doesn't help that, generally, full-fledged adulthood and beyond are pretty much advertised as a prison. Thus, they are under the illusion that they're enjoying what little time of "freedom" they have.
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Posted 8/23/14 , edited 8/23/14
I see it as a phase, for the most part. A really embarrassing phase that I really hope those individuals either a) get over soon enough or, b) engage in the activity with at least some sense of responsibility and where to draw the line.

In Australia the legal age is 18. I've had times where my social anxiety got the better of me at social events that I forced myself to attend (as a form of desensitizing myself) and I'd drink more than I should as a method of coping, and I both regret that and learned from those mistakes. As for drinking myself silly with no reason other than having "fun"? I can't understand that reasoning, and thus I boil it down to being a "cool" phase.
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24 / M / Iowa >.>
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Posted 8/23/14
well I won't lie, I do drink. I don't do it to get wasted but because I like the taste. I tend to only drink one beer every so often, and it's usually a stout. I do know of people that drink and party that are my age, most of them drink fireball (never could stand the stuff) or cheap beer.
Posted 8/23/14 , edited 8/23/14
Thats ok if you don't drink and seeing as you are the child of alcoholics it make sense why this could seem strange or bother you. But I like to get fucked up and I am about to turn 21 and I see it as a good time. I don't drink very often, but when I do I like to get fucked. In my mind I don't see your way any better or worse, just different. But other posters just sound like they have a stick up their ass. Life happens away from the computer, get over it.
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23 / M / Somewhere in rura...
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Posted 8/23/14
My campus has a long and drawn out history of sexual assaults, drug and alcohol charges, and the nationally publicized "butt chugging" incident. A lot of our problems stem from people A. being assholes to others B. Dropping their guard in places of danger and C. peer pressure. I was never really in the drinking crowd, I had access, I just didn't use it. I like to be sober enough to maintain my reaction times and judgement. I do drink once in a while, but I can't stand beer (Mike's is ok, but also only related to beer by alcohol content). I guess that it doesn't help that I've also seen some of the worst possible outcomes for use of alcohol and substance abuse.
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Posted 8/23/14
Because they're idiots.
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25 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 8/23/14
I guess they think college is about partying and having fun.
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20 / F / Defeating enemies...
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Posted 8/23/14
I've never drank but a paramedic told me this yesterday:

There is a high pressure to drink nowadays because you can make a quick social network through drinking and going to parties. Freshmen are just getting away from their parents so they feel like they can do anything, and thus they don't have any idea of limits. They want to make friends and they think drinking is a quick and easy way to do so.

It's stupid but I guess paramedics would have a better idea than I would.
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Posted 8/23/14 , edited 8/24/14
Because they aren't used to the freedom.

Because there is a significant amount of peer pressure.

Because it is one of the more "popular" methods for being "social".

Because it is seen as something "forbidden".

Because in America we make a big deal of enforcing rules, while encouraging independence.

Because America is an instant gratification society (like many other places are especially with the advent of technology and rapid information-sharing) so faster and harder is now "better".

Because American pop culture glorifies partying and drinking and is often seen as a requirement for being part of the "in" or "it" crowd.

Because drinking is seen as an act of rebellion and rebellion (or any sort of break in routine) actually gives you a mood boost.

Because we treat drinking as a big deal, rather than teaching how to appropriately drink and not making a fuss about it (like other countries that have a younger drinking age).

And... I'm sure there are more. Personally, I never drank a drop of anything until my 21st and I barely drink now because it's not something I like.
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Posted 8/23/14
i think a lot of the problem is that this is the first time these kids have been on their own without their parents and are experiencing alcohol for maybe the first time.
I personally started drinking and partying with my friends at the the age of 13 so when I first went to school the novelty of drinking had already disappeared and i knew what i could handle. I think if people had some exposure to alcohol at a younger age even if its having a beer at a family party or something they will realize that it is not a big deal and not go overboard.
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