Alcohol is a large part of the university lifestyle now, whether it’s in the form of the hockey clubs weekly social, a drink after the Rugby clubs Saturday game or just Friday night down the student union.
It’s difficult to manoeuvre around your student life without being expected to take part in a casual game of Ye-haw, the football clubs initiation or celebrating the Varsity wins.
Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in ‘international drinking rules’ that you forget to have a night off or remember that you don’t have to down your pint in one just to appease the cheering crowd around you.
I woke up on New Year’s Day 2015 after, quite frankly, a rather disappointing night seeing in the New Year. I thought about how awful I felt and how it wasn’t worth it anymore.
Since this day I haven’t had a drink.
Almost three years on people suggest how much I must be struggling and how it’s possible to have good nights out with my friends anymore. Well it is.
It may seem difficult but it is possible to say no and have a sober night, I actually have better nights out now sober than I did when drinking and here are some reasons why:
You remember the whole evening
That right, it’s possible to remember a good night out!
No drunken texts to read back through
How many times have you woken up after the night before and reached for your phone to find soppy texts to ex’s, any texts to currents and general embarrassment?
No nasty headache or hangover
I was quite blessed that I didn’t often suffer too much of a hangover, at least no more than a headache and a bad case of the munchies.
No waking up next to a kebab
Ahhh, the kebab. That dirty meaty takeaway that makes you want to vomit during the day but when you’ve had a few seems like the best idea ever – especially smothered in lashings of garlic mayonnaise.
Not very helpful to the waistline either, which leads us onto the next point.
Better for your health
It’s a no brainer, if you’re trying to diet, laying off the booze won’t work against you. Beer and wine are highly calorific and full of sugars.
This doesn’t mean that giving up drinking will lessen your waist line without work elsewhere but it’s certainly a start!
It can be difficult at university to get through a night out without drinking. I found at first people would laugh me off after I told them and offer me a pint.
After talking it through they understood my thoughts and left me too it, I don’t get invited out any less than before and have become particularly fond of mock-tails on my nights out.
You’ll find at most places if you tell them that you are sober or a designated driver, they have a specialist non-alcoholic drinks list containing mock-tails you may have never heard of – and at cheaper prices than a lot of soft drinks.
The most important part of this is to remember, if you don’t want to drink, don’t feel pressured into it and enjoy your evening regardless!
IF YOU FEEL PRESSURED INTO DRINKING ALOCHOL WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO THEN YOU CAN SEEK ADVICE AT DRINKAWARE.CO.UK