Unsigned: Being young doesn’t provide alcohol immunity

In the university culture, drinking is an accepted reality of our lives. A large number of students binge drink and it’s seen as acceptable for students to head to the bar every weekend.

There’s a social aspect to drinking and alcohol is closely associated with sex.

It seems that when students abstain from alcohol consumption, everyone gets uncomfortable. We feel we have to drink to conform, making ourselves more comfortable, as well as fitting in with the other students around us.

But what happens when the fun times get out of hand?

Students don’t think of themselves as alcoholics because of the connotations around alcoholism. However, alcohol addictions don’t discriminate by age or lifestyle.

Due to these connotations, it can be difficult for students to seek the help they need.

As far as we know, there isn’t an abundance of alcohol addiction help specifically designed for our age group. It’s intimidating enough to face your addiction, let alone in front of a group of individuals much older than you.

As alcohol is legal and readily available, it can be hard to remember that it’s an addictive substance. It becomes routine to carry your blackout drunk friend home from the bar and that’s not okay.

No good friend would support a dependency on cocaine or heroin, so alcohol addictions shouldn’t be trivialized just because consuming alcohol is legal.

Ultimately, if you or someone you know is having problems with alcoholism, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Make safe choices and protect yourself the best you can from falling victim to the alcohol dependency culture.

Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you’re invincible.

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