A few good reasons to abstain from alcohol as a college student

You might be one of many South Carolina college students who are currently studying for and taking mid-terms or finals. You hopefully have a few good study pals to help you achieve your goals. Unfortunately, many students run into problems when they party more than study, which is why some choose to abstain from alcohol altogether.

If you are under the age of 21, then that is undoubtedly the best choice since you can get into a lot of trouble for underage drinking. Even if you are of legal age to imbibe, you are obligated to adhere to state laws regarding such matters. The last thing you need in college is to face drunk driving charges or to cause an accident that injures another person.

Adverse effects of alcohol

You likely already know some of the basic science of what alcohol can do to your body. Do you know, however, that even moderate amounts can cause permanent brain damage in teenagers? The following list includes other negative issues associated with alcohol consumption that might prompt you to choose non-alcoholic beverages:

  • If you drink more than your body can handle, you might get drunk. This can lead to unconsciousness or inebriation that causes you to suffer memory loss.
  • How embarrassing would it be to have someone tell you the day after a party about all the things you were saying and doing but don't remember?
  • Sadly, many college students have suffered alcohol-related fatalities.
  • Especially if you tend to drink out of peer pressure, it is okay to say no. Having fun doesn't always have to include alcohol.

If a police officer pulls you over and arrests you for drinking and driving, and you wind up facing DUI charges, will it bring an end to your college career? The answer depends on many different factors, such as what your blood alcohol content level was, whether or not you caused an accident, and whether or not anyone suffered injuries.

Getting your life back on track

If you were to suffer a momentary lapse in judgement and get behind the wheel after partying, you definitely would not be the first, nor are you likely to be the last South Carolina college student to ever do so. However, your ability to avoid conviction and restore your good reputation and academic success may hinge upon the type of support you are able to obtain during this trying time.

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