|People Who Drink Don't Really Have More Fun|
|Written by Rachel Whitaker, Associate Editor|
What do you think of when you hear the word "alcohol"? Do you think of people acting stupid and obnoxious, getting in car wrecks, and becoming addicted? Or do you think of people relaxing and having fun with friends, enjoying themselves more because they have a beer in their hands?
Not surprisingly, if you think alcohol has positive effects, like helping you fit in or making a party more exciting, you're likely to drink more. But some researchers recently set out to prove to college students (many of whom drink a lot) that alcohol doesn't cause you to have more fun. The researchers did an experiment in which some students got drinks that they thought were alcohol but really weren't. In the end those students had just as good a time as those who actually drank alcohol. Half of them couldn't even tell if they had gotten alcohol or not. The "fun" they were having came from being in an exciting social setting, not from drinking alcohol.
Well, I didn't need an experiment to prove that you don't need alcohol to have a good time. You probably didn't either, because I'm sure all of you have been to plenty of fun events where not a single person was drinking alcohol. It's too bad that some people think drinking is the only way to have fun. They don't know what they're missing, I guess.
I do know what I'm missing when I DON'T drink: headaches, vomiting, the potential to seriously hurt or kill myself or someone else, possible addiction, and the embarrassment of having no control over myself and doing dumb things that I will regret later. I'm missing out on the chance to fatally overdose on alcohol. Yeah, I'm really missing out on a lot because I don't drink. I hope you miss out on all that stuff too.