College Students, Stop Calling Yourself 'An Alcoholic'

College Students, Stop Calling Yourself 'An Alcoholic'

By doing so, you're insulting those who have been harmed by this horrible addiction.

It's a stereotype, with quite some truth, that college students like to drink.

For many, it's their first time living away from home, and sometimes, away from overprotective parents. College is our first chance to go wild, and many of us do. We take our freedom, and open access to drugs, alcohol, and sex, and run with it.

But my message for college students experimenting with alcohol is this: you are not an alcoholic. Just because you're day drinking, or going out for Thirsty Thursday, or even storing vodka in your backpack, or doing any of the other crazy things college kids do - you're not an alcoholic.

Alcoholism is a physical and/or mental addiction to drinking alcohol. An alcoholic cannot control their drinking habits and are completely dependent on alcohol, thus disrupting the person's daily life, functioning, health, and safety.

You may joke that you are addicted to drinking, just because you're doing it Thursday through Sunday with all your friends. But are you doing it because you want to, or just because everyone else is doing it? Peer pressure has the ability to make you think you really want to do it.

Alcoholism is the most harmful form of alcohol abuse. It involves abusing the consumption of alcohol to the point of destroying your life, including your career, home life, and personal relationships.

Alcoholism can lead to domestic violence, divorce, and torn families. Some drunks are violent. Make a violent drunk an alcoholic, and you'll probably get a domestic abuser — whether that means hitting their spouse or children, it depends on the person.

Some people who grew up with an alcoholic parent could probably testify the destruction that alcoholism caused in their home, as well as in their parents' marriage, and in their own relationship with their parents.

Alcoholism isn't a joke. It destroys people, families, and relationships. Don't joke around by calling yourself an alcoholic just because you're experimenting with alcohol in college. By doing so, you're undermining all the horrible things that alcoholics, as well as their spouses and families, deal with every day, including verbal and physical abuse.

Don't make victims of alcoholism the brunt of your self-depreciating humor. Don't laugh after taking a shot on a Tuesday night and say "OMG, I'm such an alcoholic!" It isn't cute.

Symptoms of alcoholism include starting your day off with a drink, feeling a need for or craving alcohol on a daily basis, and feeling unable to stop drinking once you have started - even if it puts you or your loved ones in danger.

If you truly are an alcoholic, or think a loved one may be, you should seek help. Call the alcoholism help line at 1-888-503-3287, or attend a local Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting.

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9 Things All Mexican Food Addicts Know All Too Well

Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

In the city I grew up in, there is a Mexican restaurant just about every five miles. They are the after school hangouts and first date go-to's for most of the kids here, especially the high school girls.

I know the servers at my favorite one know my order almost every time I go in there (at least once a week). However, a lot of people apparently get tired of eating Mexican food about twice a week... but I sure don't. If you are a Mexican food addict like me, I am sure you know at least a few of these yourself.

1. Cheese dip tastes like heaven and you have to have it.

That amazing creamy white cheese dip put on a perfectly salted chip is enough to make your day better. Forget the actual food---we'd be content living off of cheese dip and chips for the rest of our lives. Our restaurant trip is not complete without an order of it and if you are lucky enough to get your favorite waiter, maybe even get a large bowl for the night.

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2. You never have to look at the menu.

We know when we decide to go what we are having and it is probably the exact same plate we order each time. I am sure the servers laugh after I order some days because there is only three things I rotate between. My burrito is always my go-to, unless I am feeling fancy.

3. Some of the servers know who you are when you walk in the door.

Either by first name or by order they know us. You are the ones that they tell to pick your own seat and already have your drink order placed by the time you sit down.

4. Your boyfriend/ girlfriend puts you on Mexican restaurant restriction on date night.

You drag them there so much, they get tired of eating there. So much so, they flat out say no when you ask to go there on date night. I mean, how does someone get tired of Mexican food to begin with though?

SEE ALSO: The Perfect Skin Color For A Mexican?

5. You can hum some of the songs that come on.

We may not know what they are saying in the song, but we know the song---trust us. We are in there so much we remember them. Don't ask any questions when we start humming.

6. You "have" a parking spot.

Do not park in my parking spot that is not actually my parking spot, but is my parking spot. Got it? Just do not do it. That starts my meal bad when you take my normal spot.

7. You used to hangout there all the time after school.

It was the hangout spot. Forget the nasty school lunch--- everyone goes to eat Mexican after school. It's the cool thing to do and it started your addiction.

8. You always want to introduce new people to your favorite restaurant.

Oh, you aced that exam? Let's go eat at this amazing Mexican restaurant I love! We always want to find people to go there to eat with so we always introduce new people to it.

9. People always pick on you about your addiction.

Yes, I love Mexican food. Go ahead and tag me in all the memes on Facebook about tacos. As long as I have my Mexican food, I am fine with that.

All in all, we LOVE our Mexican food and our go-to restaurants--- so here is your warning. Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

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Tips For Making A Perfect Morning Smoothie

Take advantage of all the fresh fruit and vegetables during the summer season for a fresh addition to your smoothies


Smoothies are one of my favorite things to make for breakfast because they are quick and easy to take on the go in the morning on my way to work. Although I love smoothies in the morning, they're great after workouts any time of the day as well.

When making a smoothie for breakfast, try to keep it healthy! It can be tempting to add in some chocolate to that strawberry banana smoothie to make it a bit sweeter, or some whipped cream, but that makes it like a dessert. If you're craving something chocolate in your smoothie, add a little cocoa power or a drop of vanilla.

The base of your smoothie can sweeten your smoothie too. I frequently use coconut milk in my smoothies which is low in calories and adds a sweetness to green smoothies. Almond milk is another great base and also dairy free.

Speaking of green smoothies, don't be afraid to try them! I was so suspicious of the thought of spinach or kale ever in my smoothie and it took a while for me to finally try it. A smoothie place was serving samples of their green smoothie and I braved the jump to try it, and I loved it.

I have started to make some of my own green smoothies at home. One of my favorite combinations is mango, pineapple, spinach, and coconut milk. It also creates this amazing green color that also tastes amazing.

While it's the summer months, take advantage of local produce but frozen fruit is also a great option for some fruit that you can't always find, such as mango. Frozen fruit helps to make your smoothies the perfect cold temperature too.

Don't be afraid to switch up your smoothie combinations and test out your own recipes so you don't get tired of the same smoothie every day.

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