EICHER | Why I Don’t Drink in College

On the night of my 21st birthday, I stood in my living room with a circle of friends around me. As the clock struck midnight, they toasted their glasses of champagne. My glass was filled with water. While I was happy to begin another year of my life, my new age meant little to me. 

At 22, it’s been more than two years since I’ve had a sip of alcohol. In college, this is often seen as an anomaly — many times, I am the only person in the room who isn’t drinking. I would like to preface that quitting drinking likely is not the best decision for everyone. As I’ve learned, the only person who can truly decide whether your habits surrounding alcohol are right for you is yourself. It’s important to understand the risks and the benefits associated with any choice you make and to use your own judgment to make the choice that is best for you. 

I stopped drinking over the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. Although I won’t divulge the personal reasons I had for the decision, I considered many of the experiences I had surrounding alcohol and realized it was in my best interest to cut it out entirely.