The Whole Alcoholic Pie

21 Dec

Boy, am I glad I think alcohol tastes like shit.

Next week [assuming you’re all back in August, that is], when President C.D. “Dan” Mote welcomes freshmen to the University of Maryland, he will inform them that the college police will enforce underage drinking laws “with terrific ferocity.” And then he will turn around and, recognizing that most students do drink, tell the teenagers “to take care of each other when they see someone who’s passed out, to take advantage of all of our services for students who abuse alcohol.”

The whole article here: On campus, Legal Drinking Age Is Flunking the Reality Test

This is actually from a draft I’ve had saved since then – August 21st, 2008. Regardless, the information is still relevant. Before I post it, though, I’d like to make note of something: as of now, I have never been offered any form of alcohol by anyone other than my parents – my dad makes wine and I’m Italian, so I’ve obviously had the odd sip here and there (… and hated it every single time. I cannot stand that taste!). Not a single one of the people I know, none of my older friends, nobody, has ever had any involvement further than mine.

You might say I’ve lead a sheltered life, but I’m glad. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Because you really don’t want to get me drunk. 😀


3 Responses to “The Whole Alcoholic Pie”

  1. Morgante Pell 21/12/2008 at 19:48 #

    Same here.

    I always used to laugh in middle school when the health teachers bemoaned how everyone would be drinking and being offered drugs in high school.

    Maybe I just roll with the wrong right crowd, but I have never seen someone illegally:

    Drink/offer alcohol
    Use/offer drugs
    Smoke/offer cigarettes

    I for one think there’s just a lot of hyperbole around this stuff, based on faulted surveys.

  2. Hannah 21/12/2008 at 20:48 #

    I’m pretty much in the same situation, as well. Perhaps we’re all just ignorant?

    But no, really, I [i]am[/i] aware of students in my school who do drink, smoke, etc. I think what is hyperbolized is the [i]pushing[/i] of alcohol and drugs. People drink, but they don’t offer it around. There is no creep in the hallways pimping out joints. That picture is ridiculous.

  3. a student 21/12/2008 at 23:47 #

    You have to admit, though, that they have cause to be worried…

    Just not that worried, I agree. At least here.

    Also, the cyber-safety? The ferocity with which they go about teaching us about it is horrendous. I learned all I’m ever going to learn in the first class I ever took, and most of that was just reinforcing the knowledge I’d picked up from common sense.

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