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There was an article recently saying that 1 in 4 students do not drinks. I know i don't drink much, and i wish they would hurry up and open a gym here. Are students really becoming more health conscious? I know so many people who drink so much though, it doesn't seem true.

"About one in four students is now teetotal, says National Union of Student Services - and among the rest of the student population there is a growing appetite for exercise facilities and healthy eating."

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I can believe that... I don't drink much but I do take other mind-altering substances! As for the health conscious thing... there are a few people who go to the gym, play sports, go swimming, etc...

Nowadays people in general are quite a bit more health conscious.. and that includes students believe it or not!
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i only started drink when i got to uni that was 19/9/05 and now i go out have a drink but i know what my limit is

but when ive tried to get drunk it gose all wrong as i got my hair shaved off my a 1st year lawer and 2nd year nurse lol it was terible they made a complete mess of it. and now i have no hair. i was so drunk that night that i when to lession the next morning and it been the 7 time ive got. so drunk that ive been caried home and gone to lessionin in morning and have not get a hang overs


i have never hade a hang over
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Well some students are becoming more health concious but a study that says 1 in 4 are tea total is just wrong!!!
I think it shows not to always rely on studies. As far as i am aware I don't know any body who is tea total, however i do know quite a few so called 'binge drinkers' (me). I think people have differnt aims and cares at uni so if people choose not to drink thats fine, but the vast majority do.
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I don't know anyone who is tee-total- the figure seems quite high.
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Most of my friends go to the gym, and I am too... one day.
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I can't believe that one in four students are teetotal, although I suppose I'm thinking about my social circle of friends. Perhaps if you counterbalance that with all the Muslim students in the UK, for example, then teetotal students might actually represent quite a large proportion. In my hall there is a flat of six people who are all Muslims and won't allow alcohol in their flat. That's fair enough. But because they don't go out, it's easy to forget about them and only focus on the image of the "typical student". I also know a few people who go out and don't drink, although they are in the minority.

I'm not teetotal by any stretch of the imagination whatsoever, but at the same time I don't drink very much at all. The proportion of students who are truly heavy drinkers probably isn't as great as it seems.
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Well, I am pretty much teetotal. I used to drink a lot when I was 16/17/18-ish and I was getting really pissed all the time, including passing out and the whole thing. I started getting really bad hangovers at some point and now drinking just makes me feel horrible. It makes me feel depressed and I get really introspective and can't think positively anymore, basically, when I get really drunk, it just makes me cry and wanting to die. And then I feel horrible physically the next day, too and it's just so not worth it. I used to have a lot of fun when getting drunk, but it just got bad. I've tried drinking again a couple of weeks ago, but it just doesn't seem to work for me anymore so yeah, I assume I am one of those one in four
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I don't drink; I like my liver.
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my parents think I'm teetotal cos I don't drink wine at dinner anymore

they should see me in the pub
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(Original post by ladydeborah)
There was an article recently saying that 1 in 4 students do not drinks. I know i don't drink much, and i wish they would hurry up and open a gym here. Are students really becoming more health conscious? I know so many people who drink so much though, it doesn't seem true.

"About one in four students is now teetotal, says National Union of Student Services - and among the rest of the student population there is a growing appetite for exercise facilities and healthy eating."

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at the uni i'm now (southampton) if i bumped into a student who said they didn't drink i would find them a little odd - apart from if they had an illness which meant they couldn't drink then obviously i wouldnt!

The thing about here is that they promote binge drinking so much. There's chamberlain bar that is about 20 secs away with a 'happy hour' where drinks are really cheap. Glen bar which is about 1 min away and if i'm feeling really adventurous i can go down the stags or stile which is about a 5 min walk down the road lol. There's nothing much else to do that would cost less money to be honest!

I never used to drink much before i came to uni but since joining i go out drinking at least every other day, sometimes a three-day break if i'm lucky.

We have a really good gym here as well which is popular but many people still drink still.
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(Original post by Apricot Fairy)
In my hall there is a flat of six people who are all Muslims and won't allow alcohol in their flat. That's fair enough. But because they don't go out, it's easy to forget about them and only focus on the image of the "typical student".
Really? thats terrible. I don;t want to hijack the thread, but how come they have a "muslim only" flat?

Hardly integration at work is it? to be honest i think thats pretty "faithist" (if theres such a term). What does this say about british muslims, they obviously don't think much of us if they lock themselves away from our "vices".
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You have to bear in mind that if your social group got together through a shared love of drinking/going out you're unlikely to know anyone who doesn't drink. Similarly, tee-totallers group together. I can believe 1 in 4.
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Really? thats terrible. I don;t want to hijack the thread, but how come they have a "muslim only" flat?

Hardly integration at work is it? to be honest i think thats pretty "faithist" (if theres such a term). What does this say about british muslims, they obviously don't think much of us if they lock themselves away from our "vices".
Not really. There's probably no other way in a self-catered hall of ensuring that Muslims can live in a flat where alcohol is forbidden, if it's that important to them. Try telling the other five occupants of a flat that they can't have alcohol inside because their flatmate is a Muslim....

To be honest, Muslims tend to stick together no matter what you do, so it really makes very little difference.
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Ok, would it be ok to have a christian only flat? because they oppose pre-maritial sex?

No, i don't think so. So thats a double standard.

Am i right in saying the flat is designated muslim, seeing how it is increddibly unlikely to be coincidence.

My point is how come they can specify to be with members of their own faith when christians probably would not be granted the same courtesy?

Its faithist... simply. People should mix together as much as possible, bad integration is a source of much further trouble for this country.
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I hardly drink, usually a few cocktails if Im out, or a few glasses of wine with a nice dinner. I'll probably only get drunk a few times a year. I do think its a growing trend, it certainly is among my friends anyway ... maybe we're just getting old?! :rolleyes:

Oh and I go to the gym and eat healthily - not all the time though
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i can believe that i reckon, one of my housemates was teetotal because she's muslim (but has recently taken to getting hammered, and more so than the rest of us!) also, my housemates and i are all relatively health conscious with regard to healthy eating and doing a bit of exercise. but our drink habits aren't exactly healthy...

i had never had a hangover until last wednesday where i was being sick at 10.30pm and had to be taken home where i passed out at midnight. not fun the next day, i was being sick until 4pm so i might try and cut down a bit. after tonight. £1 for a double vodka and mixer. nuff said.
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(Original post by Zakatu)
Ok, would it be ok to have a christian only flat? because they oppose pre-maritial sex?

No, i don't think so. So thats a double standard.

Am i right in saying the flat is designated muslim, seeing how it is increddibly unlikely to be coincidence.

My point is how come they can specify to be with members of their own faith when christians probably would not be granted the same courtesy?

Its faithist... simply. People should mix together as much as possible, bad integration is a source of much further trouble for this country.
You have to see this from their point of view as well. Their religion does not allow them to have alcohol in their home. There aren't any rules like that in the Christian faith. Just because you don't believe in sex before marriage doesn't mean you're somehow responsible for the two people having sex next door. But for Muslims their rules are different.

To be honest, it suits them and it doesn't bother anyone else, so where's the problem? Even if they weren't in a Muslim only flat they'd still only socialise with each other because that's how they are, so at least this way they can stay away from alcohol. Who knows? Their parents may only have allowed them to come to university on these terms.
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I find the 1-in-4 statistic unbelievable. Out of all the people I know (which is a lot), I only know one teetotaller...and that's me. I'm yet to meet a single person who doesn't drink apart from myself.
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I've considered going off the sauce myself many a time. It does just seem to make me feel crap these days. Maybe the 1 in 4 is actually people that have just got sick of the whole bloody thing.

(Original post by Zakatu)
Ok, would it be ok to have a christian only flat? because they oppose pre-maritial sex?

No, i don't think so. So thats a double standard.
I don't see why not. I imagine if you had such a request, most universities would probably humour it.

"faithist" (if theres such a term).
"Sectarian" is the term you're looking for.
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