Post # 1
Did you start drinking regularly when you started college? Was it from peer pressure?
For me, I started drinking then, partly as stress relief, and partly because I was away from home and could do so. Peer pressure wasn’t really a factor.
Post # 3
I’m kind of in between.
I drank a few times in high school, mostly my senior year with friends. (i.e. prom, sleepovers, etc)
I started regularly drinking (like every Fri/Sat night) once i was a freshman in college.
Post # 4
@KatNYC2011: Mine is close to yours. I had drinks at occasions in HS, but not regularly.
Post # 5
Hm. I’m not exactly sure. I drank some in high school, but only in social settings and not all that often. Things like prom, sleep-overs, homecoming, graduation. In college, it stayed the same when living in the dorms. It became a bit more regular when I moved into an apartment though – and once I was 21 it was definitely much more “regular.” Just a smirnoff or glass of wine after a long day kind of thing occasionally. I’m not a huge drinker…though tomorrow is St. Patty’s Day and I’ll be getting my drink on with some friends. haha
Post # 6
I didn’t drink socially at. all. until my sophomore year of college. I was dead set against drinking at all in college but then saw it was not as wreckless and immature as I thought it was if done safely and with good friends. I never drank wildly in college, in fact, I’ve been much more crazy with alcohol in grad school and same for many of my grad school friends!
Post # 7
Well I was a heavy drug and alcohol user from about 14-17. I got clean and stopped drinking, then when I was 21 I decided I could have a drink or two every once in awhile. College didn’t really effect my drinking/non drinking.
Post # 8
I had my fair share of drinks in high school but I started drinking regularilly the summer before college. Fiance and I had an apartment with one of my best friends and we had parties 3-4 times a week. The amount of alcohol that was consumed in that apartment is unfathomable. I’m sure I got liver damage from living there.
Post # 9
Kind of a weird story for me. I was drinking before that, but I actually stopped when I first went to college because I felt uncomfortable being there all alone without any friends and it just seemed like a bad idea to lose control around strangers. Once I made some friends I did then resume drinking, but I was never a partier, and I’ve actually never liked the feeling of being drunk.
Post # 10
I definitely drank before university, but then drank 4-5 nights/week (like out somewhere, getting drunk) in university for the first two years.
I was very social, and always with different groups of people. Not pressured, just the norm so to speak around the people I was with and the place where I was!
Graduated (actually fast tracked and finished the undergrad in just less than 2 1/2 years) and it’s like someone flipped a switch, I couldn’t tell you the last time I was drunk and I don’t enjoy it at all any longer. Glad I got it out of me!
Post # 11
I drank maybe twice before college (not counting my parents allowing me sips of things) so yes, I’d say I really started drinking once I was in college.
It had nothing to do with peer pressure though. My parents likely would have killed me if I was an active drinker in high school so I knew better than to try to get away with it more than the couple of times I did. But once I was in college and on my own, I no longer had that parental control to stop me from exploring the world of alcohol.
Post # 12
You don’t have an answer for “I never drink/drank.”
In college I maybe had a beer at a party a few times, but never drank regularly. And after college I just have had sips of things here and there.
Post # 13
Nope I drank heavily on occasion in highschool.
And then drank heavier more often in university. 1st year was the worst and it got less and less since then. Now I don’t really get drunk anymore unless it’s that lovely 2 glasses of wine feeling 😉
Post # 14
I definitely started drinking more in college. I didn’t drink a lot in high school but in college my roommate was a junior who was the girlfriend of the fraternity’s president. My friends and I hung out with them a lot and a lot of drinking happened at the frat house!
Post # 15
i think i drank about the same in hs and college–never very much more than a bit tipsy. my post-college friends drank more than my college friends–like, the first time i played drinking games was after college, and happy hour was a big social thing. but still, i’ve never like, blacked-out or lost control. now i usually only drink with meals, or if we go out on weekends, but i rarely have more than a few drinks.
Post # 16
I had a bad experience with alcohol in 8th grade (nothing horrible happened fortunately, but I had way too much from the liquor cabinet and felt terrible for a couple days) and did not drink in high school. I got to college pretty anti-drinking because I associated it with feeling lousy and with classmates I didn’t like who drank.
I wouldn’t say it was really peer pressure, in that I didn’t drink to be cool or fit in, but I made close friends fairly quickly and they made me realize that if you’re more careful about how much you drink, it’s a lot more fun.