Why a person chooses to drink alcohol or not, involves many different factors.
Consider these factors when your deciding if you should drink alcohol.
Our decisions about drinking can be influenced by what we "think" others are doing. For example, many people assume that all college students drink a lot of alcohol, but that's not the case. AlcoholEdu data* for first-year students shows that:
For many students that are living away from home while at college, friends provide valuable guidance and support. But friends can also pressure you to engage in activities you may not want to. Social pressure to drink can make it challenging to abstain, cut back, or quit alcohol use. If you're feeling pressure to drink, you could:
Our expectations about alcohol can impact how and how much we drink. For example, people may drink because they think alcohol will help them be more social, feel less stressed, or even be more likely to hook up. They may think that if they drink more and more, the fun will just get better and better.
Whether you drink or not is your choice. But, take a moment to think about how these choices can affect your goals.
*Data is from AlcoholEdu Sanctions course based on national student responses.