I have written posts like this in the past, because I have personally chosen to stay sober. And I know that there are others like me out there who could possibly benefit with this. Drinking and college are often known to go hand in hand, so it can be intimidating to be sober, but here are my tips.
There Is Not As Much Drinking As You Might Think
From my experience, I have not seen or experienced the amount of drinking that is shown in media. Yes, parties happen, but not every second of the day. There is also so much more to do than get drunk, and others realize this and will invite you to these events.
Surround Yourself With The Right People
If someone is trying to force you to do something you do not want to do (drinking or otherwise), that is a person you should not have in your life a lot. There is a difference between an enabler and a pusher. It is good to have people enabling you to try new things, but when it gets to the point where you are uncomfortable and do not want to do something, make sure the people with you understand and won’t push you.
If you tell people and explain why you want to stay sober and let your voice be known, people will respect your choices. Staying quiet encourages people to try to push you and make you do things. If you stand firm and speak your reasoning, you are more likely to be comfortable in situations where drinking is involved.
You don’t have to avoid situations of drinking in order to stay sober, just follow the steps above and you will be fine.