Popular Binge College Drinking Alternatives

An Alternative for Drinking

If you’re looking to improve your health or are looking for a way to enjoy yourself without any alcohol, here are some sober activities you can do.  

By Maria Elena Robles

Colleges have so much to offer! There’s the courses, food, and professors who care about your education. And did I forget anything? Oh yeah, wild parties! Going to a community college, I can’t say I’ve ever been to a college party, though I have heard the baseball players party as hard as they practice.

My friends have gone to a few parties. Some just chilled and socially drank with friends and others have admitted to binge drinking (under the age of 21).

According to the national surveys of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.

There are many facts and statistics that warn students about the consequences of binge drinking but of course it goes through one ear and out the other.

To celebrate a special occasion or hang out with family and friends you can:

·      Go to the park where the kids can play and adults can fish or talk

·      Watch a movie or theatrical play

·      Do some physical activities such as running, hiking, swimming, dancing, etc.

·      Enjoy a day at the beach

I turned 21 in early June of this year and had an awesome time with my friends and family without any alcohol. My birthday was on a Monday, so I had all weekend to celebrate. I went to Atlantic City, NJ with friends. We enjoyed lunch at an Italian restaurant, walked along the boardwalk, and soaked up some sun on the beach. The next day I visited family and had to work later that night. On Monday, my brother came from New Brunswick to celebrate my birthday with the family, and I was gifted with a pair of new running sneakers.

 I’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, if you can even say it’s alcoholic. It was Pina Colada with a little splash of Bacardi. I wasn’t tipsy; I didn’t even taste the Bacardi at all. I really don’t have a desire to drink in general. Honestly, I’d rather be active and be healthy than take shots.

Maybe to others sober activities can be pretty boring, but to celebrate your 21st birthday or graduation you don’t have to drink or inhale anything. Just try something different!


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