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While sport is my main passion, as a university student I thought it more fitting to write about something integral to student life: alcohol. Even the Oxford and Cambridge toffs appreciate it (no offence Oxbridge, and congratulations on being much smarter than the rest of us).
Unless you avoid this chemical miracle due to a particular belief system or fitness regime, the student lifestyle can easily become regular partying punctuated by the occasional lecture/seminar. But here’s the best part: we’re not alcoholics. We’re just young, naive and having fun.
And nothing’s going to stop us. Money problems? No. I’ve seen people spend their last £10 on beer rather than food simply because “24 cans of Foster’s for a tenner is an absolutely ridiculous bargain that I can’t afford to miss.” Health issues? No. It’s not uncommon to see antibiotics being washed down with a glass of red wine; or brave soldiers risking aggravating their Man Flu because it’s a friend of a friend of a friend’s birthday.
Why exactly students do this is equivocal. Whether it’s the reaction to finally being free of parental overwatch for sustained periods of time, or an inclination to ensure social success with new peers, is not clear. Maybe it’s just an unwillingness to face life as an adult.
Either/or, drinking is a complex social construction with its own set of narratives, epitomised by – but not exclusive to – students.
So share the experience, enjoy it while it lasts, and make sure you come out the other side slightly different, wiser and with more anecdotes than Charlie Sheen ‘bangin’ seven-gram rocks’ on a week-long bender.
Because in the immortal words of Muhammad Ali: “The man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” Granted, he might have been talking about something more profound than student drinking, but you catch my drift.