Students have mixed reactions to drinking alcohol

By Seattle Valdivia - Staff Reporter

Some Highline students say they drink alcohol while other say they don't. Some say they won't and probably they never will.

It's not clear exactly how many college students drink.

Some studies claimed that 60 to 80 percent of college students drink alcohol, but those studies appear to have been done by anti alco- holic groups.

One study said that 1.2 million of students drink alcohol, but that would be only 0.075 percent of an estimated 16 million college students total.

At Highline some students say that even though they are 21, they don't like to drink alcohol and prefer not to have anything to do with it.

"I know it is not healthy," said a student who didn't want to give his name. "I don't like the taste of it. I've tried a little bit and it feels like it burns your throat."

"I don't drink, because it's not good for our health," Trinh said. "I'm 21. I'm not interested on it."

"I have tried it but i didn't like it, it's gross," Acsa said. "And it is not good for you. I'm 22 and I don't see the point of it."

"Alcohol? No, it's not my thing," Roberto Diaz said. "I'm 26 and I used to drink, but since my friend got in an accident I always think twice before drinking."

"If I drink I won't be able to study, drive and concentrate," Matthew W. said.

Others just drink a little bit, depending on the occasion and who is with them.

"I've never really liked it. I've tried it several times but I know it's bad for your brain," Angel C. said. "I've never drink that much to get drunk."

"I've drank a couple of times, but just with my friends," Alexa Muñoz said. "I would not like to drink if I go with strangers."

Other students said that they don't want to drink either because their religion does not allow them, or simply because they do not want to.

"I don't drink because of my religion," An- thony Gomez said. "I know it is bad for you. You lose your mind and don't know what you doing." "Because of my religion I can't," another stu- dent said. "But if I drink, I won't be able to study."

"I don't think it's good for me," Vreanna said. "I don't think I'll try it in the future."

"I simply don't drink because my mom doesn't let me drink," Khuong said.

"We don't drink in my religion [Islam]," Fadumo A. said.

"I'm a Christian and we don't believe in drinking," Ani- ta L. said. "We follow the Bible. I'm 17 so either way, I don't have enough age to drink."

"No one of my family do drugs or drinking," Vin C. said. "Trying it is not my main focus now."

"It's bad for your health, and it's against my religion [Sikhism]," Arpan S. said.

"Drinking is not allowed in my religion, LDS (Lat- ter-Day Saints)," said another student.

Other students who are underage say they consume alcohol today. They enjoy parties or reunions drinking alcohol.

"Yeah, I drink but it de- pends where I'm going out," said another student who didn't want to give his name. "I'm 20 years old, so basi- cally it's no that hard to get alcohol."

"I'm 19 years old. I drink, but only on special occasions, like a party or New Year's," another student said. "I just drink a couple of shots or margaritas."

"Maybe once a month," Ryan Cooper said. "I started drinking at 16, now I'm 20. But you have to know how to control yourself when drinking."

"I just do it when there is a party, like once a month," a student said. "I'm 19, but
I started drinking at 17. I just want to keep it like this, nothing too crazy."

"I don't really like alcohol, to be honest," another stu- dent said. "I'm 19 years old, and I only drink at parties."

Many underage students said that they haven't tried it yet but that they want to try it when they become 21.

"My family doesn't really drink that often," Susanna Cho said. "I'm 17. I wanna try it, but I don't want to get to focus on it."

"I'm underage [17], so there's no reason to drink at the moment," Ester Suk said. "Maybe I'll try it, but not in the near future."

"I don't drink, I'm 18 and I don't see the point of it," Ashley A. said. "I mean, you can enjoy without alcohol. Maybe I could try it some- day."

"I can't legally drink, I'm too young [16]," Grace B. said. "Yeah, I could try it maybe once or twice."

"I'm a minor, so I don't drink," Mira S. said. "I'll probably drink on occasion, but not too much."

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