Drinking culture at university is exclusionary and needs to stop
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The week commencing Monday 14th November 2016 is Alcohol Awareness Week. As all students know, alcohol consumption is a big part of the student lifestyle at university, but in my experience, it can get a bit too much. I drink alcohol and I have been drinking since I turned 18 – the legal age to purchase alcohol in the UK. I have tried alcohol previously – usually at family events so not as part of a teenage experimental phase – but those moments were rare. From a young age I decided that I would only ‘properly’ start drinking from the age of 18, because I wanted to be legally old enough to purchase alcohol before consuming it. Since the legal age, I have been drinking on occasion and in moderation. I don’t like to consume a lot of alcohol and I could easily forego it. I rarely buy alcohol for the house, and if I could drive I would not consume an alcohol drink at all, regardless of the so-called units and driving limits. When I went away to university less than two months before turning 20, that’s when I started to encounter the drinking culture. I was always aware of it – alongside the party lifestyle – but I had never experienced it, because none of my friends drink (for religious and cultural reasons) and I would never have been interested in that sort of thing anyway.
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