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Reading newspapers and police reports this morning got me thinking about alcohol use among student athletes. A serious conversation about the destructive effects of alcohol abuse is long overdue at tOSU, where beer drinking is practically a football sacrament.
Drinking alcohol, with the specific intent of getting drunk, is not a charming youthful indulgence. It's often criminal -- as when an 18 year-old borrows an adult's ID so he can sit on some High Street barstool; or when a 240-pound manchild loses self-control and knocks-out a girl who won't dance with him. It's always stupid -- as when linebackers bark at police dogs and tight ends get caught by cops peeing in public. And it's frequently tragic -- as when a car full of buzzed kids loses control and it's Game Over for somebody's son or daughter.
Drinking to get drunk is NOT cute. It's NOT something anyone needs to do, ever. It's NOT some harmless 'right of passage' everyone must go through. It's always stupid. It's often illegal. And it's sometimes incredibly tragic. But it's never cool. It's never something to chuckle about. Never.
I beg every responsible adult here: Don't laugh-off drunken behavior when you're around it. Don't give a 'wink and a nod' to alcohol abusers, conveying your acceptance of their behavior. And for God's sake, if you have kids, talk to them about booze and discourage them from using it as a party favor. Make sure they realize they can have all the fun they can handle stone cold sober.
I stopped drinking altogether when my daughter was born 23 years ago. I wanted her to grow up in a loving home where we all had lots of fun together and no one ever got even a little bit 'buzzed'. I don't expect others here to be as anti-alcohol as I've become. But the knowing smiles we flash at drunken kids on game days have got to stop. The 'In Loco Parentis' at tOSU -- football coaches included -- need to act like local parents and lead kids away from this destructive behavior.
If you drink, drink responsibly. If you don't drink, better yet. But whatever your personal choices, don't ever let kids -- your own or other peoples' -- think that getting drunk is funny, cute or acceptable to you. I'm begging you. [I can almost hear the smirking laughter as I type these words.]
'We are attacking that like animals right now.'
They're college kids, not excusing their actions but a random poster on bucknuts lecturing them is not going to suddenly have them not drink.
This post was edited by mikesti33 12 months ago
Homer says it best.....
This post was edited by Jelly 12 months ago
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I know your sentiments are sincere but the fact is alcohol is socially exceptable by the vast majority. This makes consumption among young people almost a guarantee at some point and when you have not established limits it can be a real thin line between having a few drinks and a good time turned into one of the bad situations you mentioned. There really is no solution and that is why people just say "well it's part of growing up". All you can do is educate kids and young adults on the issues and consequences and hold them responsible for there actions if they make a mistake.
Of course, I expected replies like yours. I'm not trying to lecture you or anybody else on how to live your lives. And I certainly don't expect anyone to change their drinking habits because I posted this.
My post was aimed at adults, not students, because adults teach kids how to behave. They're supposed to anyway.
But you, Mike, can go right ahead and drink your brains out -- kill every last brain cell if you want to. I just hope the people who love you don't have to watch.
OP needs to get off his soap box and over to some MADD forums
I don't drink, but I also don't have a need to throw that out while belittling others in a public sports forum because a few college kids I don't personally know got themselves into a bit of trouble. Your self righteous, condescending personality though is obnoxious.
I believe that genie is out of the bottle....
I don't drink alcohol for a reason. I don't smoke for a reason. I don't take drugs for a reason. Not everyone shares my values. I think drinking should be legal. I have no problem with people who drink responsibly. I don't look at anyone who drinks differently because they do. I chose not too and that's my choice. People make decisions/actions and there are consequences for their decisions/actions. Its really that simple.
I have drank plenty of times and got drunk, and I didn't punch a bouncer or girls, I guess some people are different......
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
-- Dean Wormer
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Posts like this are just as immature and kill as many brain cells as drinking.
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