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View Poll Results: What percent of people drink in college- on average?
90-100% 10 23.81%
80-90% 12 28.57%
70-80% 8 19.05%
50-70% 11 26.19%
30-50% 1 2.38%
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Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 04:36 AM

What percent of people do you know/have a good idea about that drink alcohol in college?

If you have any experience with transitioning from high school to college in relation to drinking.. please share!

If you do not drink in college, can you tell me about your experiences with that. If it's hard, easy, do you feel pressured or that you are missing out?


   
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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 04:45 AM

Came from highschool never having tasted alcohol to rushing a fraternity freshman year and drinking more beer than an average man should in a life time.

I don't recommend this as i saw massive weight gains and it affected study habits haha. Backed down after that year, kept everything in moderation since. I still know alot of fraternity and other greek life that drink, as do I know non-greek that drink.

My best recommendation after seeing alcohol poisoning first hand, drink at your own pace. Drinking games are not smart, and have a backbone. People can see when you're vulnerable and you must assert yourself to be left alone yet still have a good time.
   
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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 04:46 AM

I know quite a few people in college that drink. At the campus I attended(i'm taking a break), Thursday night is "Thirsty Thursday"...and...well...you can tell. All sorts of parties and the places that serve alcohol usually have a lot of college kids in them before the parties start...
Personally, I haven't drank in college.
At times I find it easy, other times I find it hard. It really just varies.
Most of the people I hang around don't drink either, so...that helps.
I think I felt more pressured in high school than in college. You can really just find your "place" in college, or at least that's how I feel. Anyways...as far as missing out goes, sometimes I wonder what it's like and I want to go party and drink to my heart's content...but at the same time, I like to remember my "fun" times...I like to not worry about something happening (alcohol poisoning, jumping into a fire, doing something I normally wouldn't...etc etc.)
I've only drank once, and it wasn't at a party. It was with one friend. She made us both a margarita. But, that was it and I couldn't tell a difference...it was like I was drinking an illegal slushie(since I'm underage).
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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 05:36 AM

Hmm. well i can't say i have been drinking much this year, but i definitely had some times where I over did it my freshman year. It wasn't really that I was pressured into anything either, I wanted to go out and drink and have a good time. I was lucky enough to never have to deal with something like alcohol poisoning, etc. The worst thing i ran into was having to clean up after sick friends a few times. Which was obviously not fun =P

if i wanted to go out and not drink, i just volunteered to be DD and didn't have to worry about anyone pressuring me. i've found that people actually respect you not wanting to drink more in college.


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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 05:44 AM

I don't know the exact percentage of people who drink in my campus but I can bet that it’s 60% if not more.
I did have a story transitioning from high school of not drinking a drop of alcohol to college. When I graduated from high school in the USA and came to México were the drinking age is 18 I did feel like I was pressured into drinking by my friends. They did respect that fact that I didn’t drink for like what 2 months but after that they would constantly bug and bug until I gave in. I cannot say I do not enjoy having a beer every other weekend with my friends at a bar, but we do NOT drink to get drunk, we just get together and talk and drink socially.
I guess that is my story, I’m not against drinking but when you drink to get drunk and then want to get behind the wheel that’s a big no. Just drink modernity.


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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 10:55 AM

I personally do not drink alcohol and I've always found it very easy. That said, I do sometimes go into the pub on campus, not to eat or drink their food or alcohol but rather because some friends are having lunch and possible a beer or two (although some of my friends can guzzle huge amounts and still not be a blundering drunk). I've also worked in restaurants where they had a bar attached and had no desire to chug away, just help cook and clean, and when late, help serve because the waiters/waitresses mostly left. A few times I've had to get a certain few friends to quit chugging back, such as we had a test in a few days, planned to study together and he's having trouble walking and slurring his words.

I've had plenty of encounters with drunks, sometimes when out at sporting events to restaurants and looking at them, I'm all for a good time but it doesn't seem to be a good time to me when that drunk.

If anything, I'll have at most 1 beer/glass of wine or some chocolate brandy candies (very little alcohol, mostly just the taste) with dinner during special events or in a restaurant. To me, that's enough for a good time, I'm not terribly intoxicated but if I designate myself to be the sober one as always, then I stay sober.

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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 12:57 PM

I don't drink. I feel it's a waste of time. I see stupid people do stupid things with other stupid people and it makes me laugh at how pathetic it all is.

I used to get a little pressure. The one time it got bad was when I was at a party and a very drunk kid was pressuring me to drink all night. Every one there knew I didn't want to, including this kid. He kept getting in my face and I told him that if he didn't get out of it in 3 seconds, I'd knock him out. He got 3 inches from my face, so I knocked him out. Simple as that. I mean what I say . That was a couple of years ago though. I live with other people who don't party now so life's good! No feelings of missing out.


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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 01:01 PM

Overall, I'd say it's at about half but it also depends on what campus you're on and who you're with. The "college drinking" lifestyle on my campus is nothing short of ridiculous. so I've just stayed away from it.

I don't feel pressured or like I'm missing out, I've gone to parties and had a soda and had a better time than people drinking. They didn't remember a think and were worried about what they did, while I wasn't. It also isn't hard, if you feel that pressured, to make it "look" like you're drinking.
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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 02:26 PM

You would struggle to make friends without drinking anything at all here... you don't have to drink loads, know your limits and you'll be fine. Probably a bit different because drinking is legal here from 18, so all freshers activities are based around alcohol. If you didn't want to go to clubs and what not you'd find it very hard... but by the time you're 18 you should know your limits alcohol wise anyway so there shouldn't be a problem.

Everyone seems to think that you either drink and do stupid things, or don't drink. NO. It's about knowing your limits, there is no reason why you can't have two/three drinks and still be in complete control of your actions, not do stupid things, not worry about what you did the night before and not have any memory loss... all those things are signs of people who do not know their limits or cannot handle their alcohol!

In the UK at least, if you did not drink at all you would miss out on a lot. Most social activities revolve around drink.


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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 02:51 PM

Ok this being Ireland probably has something to do with it...but I can think of one...maybe two people out of all of my peers in college who DON'T drink.


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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 02:57 PM

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Ok this being Ireland probably has something to do with it...but I can think of one...maybe two people out of all of my peers in college who DON'T drink.
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The only people I know who don't drink follow Islam/other religions that forbid alcohol.


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Re: Drinking in College - April 6th 2010, 04:17 PM

I'm in my first year of college right now and I don't drink. Almost all of my friends and classmates do drink. My friends who have moved into uni/college residences tend to drink ALOT more often then those who live at home.

I do still go to house/res parties and have a good time without drinking. I do get pressure to drink from the people there, but I've never let it affect my decision to not drink. If you decide not to drink at a party, and you don't want pressure put on you, bring a water bottle, soda, etc. so that you have something to drink instead. People don't usually bother you when you already have a drink with you.

Drinking moderately and knowing your limits is fine. Unfortunately, alot people tend to go overboard with drinking in their first year, and i've seen others cave under peer pressure and drink too much. I'm fine with my decision not to drink and it doesn't stop me from having a good time. :]


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Re: Drinking in College - April 7th 2010, 01:50 AM

Thanks to everyone who has responded thus far =]

Er, this is going to be so dumb buttttt... what's the best way to find your 'limits'? Is it possible to do WITHOUT drinking (based on gender/age/weight)?


   
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Re: Drinking in College - April 7th 2010, 02:11 AM

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The average person's liver can processes one drink per hour. It varies a bit , but that's a pretty good estimate. Weight and sex do play a role. Statistically men process alcohol faster than women of the same weight.


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Re: Drinking in College - April 7th 2010, 02:21 AM

I go to a Christian, private, 'dry' campus, and I voted 70-80%. It kind of ... well, I've found that there aren't many people who are opposed to it, really. I'm not saying that all of those 70-80% of people drink on a regular basis, but I'd guess that occasionally, they do...

I don't drink on a regular basis. When we make daiquiris though, or when one of the frats makes jello shots, though, I mean not going to lie at all, I occasionally will have a little something-something. I, too, though, know my limitations (and know that they're pretty serious--alcohol affects me pretty easily ). With that said, I was vehemently opposed to drinking in high school. I don't know what happened, but college is kind of just a different lifestyle, I find.. Hmm.

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Re: Drinking in College - April 7th 2010, 02:48 AM

Lots im sure.
   
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Re: Drinking in College - April 19th 2010, 04:45 PM

I voted 70-80%, maybe slightly lower in terms of people who drink on a regular basis. I started drinking at 17, drank 1 or 2 times a week my senior year of high school, and eventually ended up drinking 4-5 times a week, 30+ drinks a week my freshman year. It definitely takes a toll after a while, and I think drinking was both a consequence of and contributing factor to my depression.

Amy -- there are a few online calculators that compute BAC based on gender, height, weight, etc. The one that comes to mind is rupissed.com

Bear in mind, they're probably not that accurate, but usually a BAC of .08-.12 is where most people feel the benefits of drinking without the nausea, vomiting, dehydration, massive hangover, etc. For me (6' [Edited]) that's about 4 drinks over an hour. Guys always lie about how much they drink, my hallmate last year claimed to have downed a handle of vodka in one night, which is something like 50 shots -- that's just NOT possible. The most I've ever had was 15 drinks over two or three hours, and it was a very unpleasant experience. The highest BAC I've ever seen is .26, the kid was completely blackout, borderline alcohol poisoning.

I've never taken anyone to the hospital, but I've seriously considered it twice. One of my friends was unconscious and couldn't stop throwing up, at which point it's really a judgment call (of course, my judgment was kinda...impaired at that point). American drinking culture is completely fucked up. Our drinking age encourages stupid decisions like the one I just described, drunk driving, purchasing hard liquor (easier to hide), and lack of education about the REAL risks of drinking (not "risks" like getting an MIP)

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Re: Drinking in College - April 19th 2010, 05:33 PM

I went with 80-90%. I guessed that because of all the lovely Facebook stories I get to read all the time.
   
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Re: Drinking in College - April 19th 2010, 07:43 PM

Maybe about 50-70%. Not a huge amount, but fair.


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Re: Drinking in College - April 19th 2010, 10:02 PM

BTW, if it weren't for red wine, I'd be sXe. Beer and liquor = gross



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Re: Drinking in College - April 19th 2010, 10:05 PM

Probably 80-90% plus.
We're scottish, we're known for our drinking
Not everyone drinks to get drunk of course, but even those who come to uni with no intention of drinking will drink. All our nights tend to centre around it. Sounds kinda lame when I write that though.....


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Re: Drinking in College - April 19th 2010, 11:37 PM

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Re: Drinking in College - April 19th 2010, 11:49 PM

Though I don't attend a university yet I still know that most people drink there, from what I hear it's more like 98% plus D=
That being said I know some people who don't drink alcohol, but then they're weird D= (not because they don't drink alcohol)

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Re: Drinking in College - April 20th 2010, 02:19 AM

I'd say 70 to 80 percent. Most people around here will respect anyone's choice not to drink alcohol.
   
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April 20th 2010, 02:07 PM

here, we encourage people to drink, its bad. Uni night in "town". cheap drinks and happy hours, partying til 3am every wed. thursday night is retro night which is also cheaps. fri, sat and sun are nights that are fun. i guess mon and tues are the only nights the clubs arent open.

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