Reader ‘s opinion The student culture that puts pressure on alcohol consumption must be consciously changed

Driver tasks, the previous day’s hangover, or the next morning’s work still too often have to be used as an excuse to get out of interviewers.

Coronavirus pandemic the effects on student well-being have been largely catastrophic. The experience of community has diminished and loneliness has increased. However, the study of the health and well-being of university students (KOTT 2021) also highlights the positive development process: one in three has reduced drug use. Yet non-alcoholism attracts a confusing amount of attention among student circles.

Non-alcoholic student events that emphasize well-being have become more common and popular. The biggest mass events still often involve a lot of alcohol consumption. However, non-alcoholism is not considered or can be limited to specific events. Whether a student is alcohol-free one night or his entire life, he is a full member of the community.

Alcohol use is reflected in both activity structures and social situations. The non-alcoholic option is often water or soda, and non-alcoholic beverages are not raised in bars at promotional prices. Worst of all, a small but loud crowd feels that alcohol use by others is their business. Pushing a beer can in your hand, strongly questioning it or, at worst, secretly steeling a drink are authentic student experiences from recent years.

However, non-alcoholism does not need any specific reason or justification. Driver tasks, the previous day’s hangover, or the next morning’s work still too often have to be used as an excuse to get out of interviewers.

The solutions are simple in principle and not out of the ordinary. More varied non-alcoholic beverage options go a long way. Even in drinking games, instead of the beer offered, everyone can take a drink of exactly the drink they like. We also discussed alcohol with our tutors as part of the orientation of new students. “Drinking has nothing to do” summed up the message: alcohol alone is not a quality program, and the concepts that rely on it quickly crumble.

We need to strive for a student culture where drunk driving is genuinely voluntary. We, who usually choose an alcoholic dinner card, also have to do our part. I recommend trying what it’s like to get involved in a clear way. Then you may wonder how you face questions or feel the need to explain, even if you feel comfortable.

The post-coronary student culture does not need to return drug use to the old level. We need to resolutely build change away from alcohol-centricity so that more can participate in whatever activity they want – without pressure.

Niko Ylä-Poikelus

chairman

KY – Aalto University Business Students Association

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