I Am A College Student And I Don't Drink

I Am A College Student And I Don't Drink

This is not a bash on those who choose to drink, I am just entitled to my own opinion.

I am a junior in college, and I don't party.

I am that 'odd' individual that would rather stay in watching movies than go out on the weekends getting plastered and not remember the night. I would rather do homework and catch up on writing and set up volunteering events for my organizations than taking shots or shotgunning beers with the boys.

This is not saying I don't go out. I love to also be social and meet new people and catch up with my friends; I just prefer to do it sober rather than under the influence. This is not a bash on those of you who choose to drink or go out; I'm just sharing my side.

Those of us who stay in rather than go out are often looked down upon, even though we are the ones doing legal activities.

We are often seen as lame, or boring, or fun suckers. News flash: Alcohol addiction starts at a young age. Those four or five beers to create a buzz soon turn into six, seven, or eight plus some shots and more. As you get older, if you continue to drink the same amount, your tolerance grows and grows. Before you know it, you're an addict.

You can't go a day without a glass of wine or a beer after work. When you officially crave that taste for alcohol or that feeling of being drunk or buzzed or high, you're addicted. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1,825 college students between the ages of 18-24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries. About 696,000 students between the ages of 18-24 are assaulted by another student who is under the influence of alcohol per year. And, each year, about 97,000 students between the ages of 18-24 report experiencing sexual-assault or rape due to alcohol.

According to the same National Institute, about 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder (AUD).

When people ask me why I don't drink, I'm completely honest with them. I share how my uncle under the age of 60 passed away this year from alcoholism. I share how addictive personalities are such a thing. I share how I have seen individuals have seizures, blackout, perform assault, all under the influence of alcohol. I share how I have friends who have had to go to the hospital after a night out because they acquired alcohol poisoning and have had their stomachs pumped.

I am not against drinking, nor am I against having fun. There are so many ways to have fun sober or how to drink in moderation to not damage your body as much as a typical binge drinking night.

Personally, I would rather stay in and do homework, or watch movies, or play video games, than drink and wake up the next morning with a hangover.

Here's to those who don't drink; whether you have personal reasons or just don't find drinking satisfying. I understand you. You are not lame, you are not a fun-sucker, you are human and are entitled to have your own opinions just like anybody else.

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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?

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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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