You're Not An Alcoholic, You're Just A College Student

Besides studying for exams, working on projects, and writing 10-page long papers, college can be fun. You meet people from all over and create a memorable experience. Work isn't just what college is about. Sure you are going to get a degree and do well, but if you balance your time wisely, you can make the most of your experience. And whatever you choose to do besides your studies, you shouldn't be shamed for.

Going out with your friends at night seems to be the most popular. Maybe you go out once a week, twice a week, or even four times a week. And although that seems like a lot, it's OK. You're in college. You're supposed to have fun. If I want to go out with my friends for the entire week, I shouldn't be called an alcoholic. I am having fun in college.

First off, it is offensive for people who actually are alcoholics. Alcoholism is a disease, and some people can't help that and need to get extra help to treat it. Joking about calling us alcoholics is not OK. Going out for fun doesn't mean you have a problem— you are just enjoying yourself. You are not drinking every second of the day. You are not drinking during classes. You are not drinking to fulfill any needs or to make yourself feel better. You are not abusing substances for the purpose to fulfill cravings. You are just going out and having a good time like any other college student.

Most people don't continue this phase past college. People usually grow out of it when they grow up. You're thrown into the real world and come to the conclusion and realization that it has now become work hard and sometimes play. As college progresses, we mature and start acting like adults. Until then, you should be allowed to party when you want to or feel is appropriate. People shouldn't make you feel bad for wanting to party in college--especially if you're maintaining great grades and a respectable GPA. Go out and have fun while you still can. Before you know it, you'll be graduating and facing the reality of a 9-5 everyday.

Trust me, you're not an alcoholic, just a college student.

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