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Why do people drink and party so much at uni?

Maybe it's culture but I don't understand this at all. I don't understand why people go out partying during the weekdays in term time. I mean we are paying 9250£ and then another few thousand for accommodation. This is big money. Maybe everyone just has rich backing and can afford to whip out thousands each year and mess about...
I’m white and this annoys me too ngl, you can have fun without alcohol
I think it’s their version of ‘making the most of it’ or ‘you only live once’ type of mottos.
I am by no means rich, I live at home and have to be very careful with money. I also work pretty hard and my degree is pretty full on.
However, I do go out as much as I can because I want to make the most of uni, because tbh I'm having the time of my life.
I don't go out on weekdays tho because I'm on placement Monday to Friday, but if I wasn't I probably would go out then too.
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I wasn't a rich person and my family were not.

There is this social stigma of Society about going out drinking which needs addressing. The weekend isn't all about going out for drinks and having a good time. It is being promoted too much.

I loved to play some playstation during my last Uni year and work on things I wanted in order. I recall going into my 2nd year and enjoying some xbox at the beginning. There should be more Community orientation at University and to stop focusing on all the boozing as this is doing a lot of damage to our society.

In other countries, the youth aren't going out boozing every weekend. They are raised differently to the British youth.
Because uni is about studying and defining your limits, not just studying.Experimenting different social scenes, meeting people from outside your course are all good reasons to go out any day of the week as long as your long term goals are not compromised. Having a drink doesn't mean getting drunk/ plastered, but it does allow some people to mix socially with less apprehension.And as for being rich, some people prefer to spend their maintenance loans on cheaper accomodation which allows them to integrate a budget for socialising etc rather than paying for more luxurious accommodation.
Uni is different things for different people.
University is an education led place of growth. You can only learn so much inside a school system. Uni is the sold as the place where you go to try to gauge your most able abilities, both in the classroom and outside; this is probably because it’s the first place where everyone (typically) has independent living experience which is an expectation in our culture by the time you reach early adulthood

Others have said it, the stereotype of uni is that you party and study, the reality is that it happens in different ways for everyone. Some have their parties only during the fall time before holidays and others throughout the year.

You can do the same thing outside of uni. it just might seem harder to find a number of people available and interesting in doing that. and that’s why uni is just a service to knowledge seeking people which also comes in th form of providing experiences like ur first relationship or your first experiences of nightlife if you were born in a small town or something.
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I feel the social aspect outweighs the financial side. Not saying your view is wrong as you are entitled to it and I certainly agree about those who go out every week, but if you actually enjoyed it you'd not see it as a pointless money wasting thing fueled by peer pressure and a party "culture".

I'm not somone who goes out often but when I do it is the only time I actually can say I've felt happy so far at uni, until the memories come back and I am the embodiment of a void. The social aspect, the laughs, the dancing, yes it's not everyone's cup of tea but it genuinely is exhilarating. Mabey the issue there isn't any alternatives to this feeling but what else can you legally get drugged up and socialise.

The issue isn't the drinking or partying, its society in general, its human nature, its human biology, its part of us. If there was another alternative that was as enjoyed by the majority they'd do it. But there's not amd there's not enough options for the minority which can leave them isolated.
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Reply 8
Original post by asianism
Maybe it's culture but I don't understand this at all. I don't understand why people go out partying during the weekdays in term time. I mean we are paying 9250£ and then another few thousand for accommodation. This is big money. Maybe everyone just has rich backing and can afford to whip out thousands each year and mess about...


Partying is just a way to have fun in massive groups. To let off the energy you’ve kept pent up whilst studying or working throughout the week. You don’t just bounce around rampantly to loud music either - you socialise, put yourself out there, meet new people, network etc. As for the music and alcohol? Well if a bunch of people like music, and that same bunch of people like alcohol, why not put them all in a room full of music and alcohol? Just like that - you have a party. It really is that simple.
Reply 9
It's a British cultural staple, which means people find it hard to get used to if they perhaps weren't raised with alcohol or music. Not everyone who goes out has a huge financial backing. In fact I'm sure you'll find that most students who go out every night of the week will end up blowing their entire student loan on partying in the first few weeks of term, then live a lot cheaper until the next payment. The sensible thing that most students do (or should be doing) is limiting the number of times you go out to once or twice a week. Buying cheap alcohol from supermarkets and not spending a fortune on drinks inside the nightclub.

As somebody mentioned already, alcohol is not the main reason people go out - it's the socialising. You meet new people, have fun with your friends, maybe meet people you later end up in relationships with. The benefits of putting yourself out there far outweigh the financial burden, if you do it in moderation. Don't fall out of windows and end up in A&E like some stupid medical students I used to know did in Fresher's Week. :tongue:
Not all students were raised with alcohol.

My student union promoted responsible drinking, placing it in banners and at the end of student commercials.

Responsible drinking needs promoting. Many unions have sweet it under the carpet.
Reply 11
Thanks for the responses! It makes sense now, for me it seemed that as soon as everyone turned the corner after school they just went bonkers.... I wasn't raised in a British environment, so British uni came as a massive shock tbh. For me my family and I would only drink on very special occasions and I only go out partying with friends if there's something worth celebrating.

But then on my side of things it's very easy to get lonely,..
Original post by asianism
Maybe it's culture but I don't understand this at all. I don't understand why people go out partying during the weekdays in term time. I mean we are paying 9250£ and then another few thousand for accommodation. This is big money. Maybe everyone just has rich backing and can afford to whip out thousands each year and mess about...

To me, this sounds like a very weird thing to say - but you are foreign. Why shouldn't people go out and enjoy themselves? If you can't live it up when you're young, then when can you?

You can work hard and play hard. That's my modus vivendi, anyway.
I used to talk to my friends about philosophy and fine art. Whilst drunk, of course.
Original post by asianism
Maybe it's culture but I don't understand this at all. I don't understand why people go out partying during the weekdays in term time. I mean we are paying 9250£ and then another few thousand for accommodation. This is big money. Maybe everyone just has rich backing and can afford to whip out thousands each year and mess about...

A very simple answer to this is that sometimes clubs have a student night which is during the week and cheaper than going there at the weekend.

Going out partying on a weekday a few times per term isn't going to cost thousands.

(I mean, I'm with you in not seeing the attraction, but it's got nothing to do with the cost for me.)
Honestly it's something I also don't understand. My best guess is that it's peer pressure combined with that newly found sense of freedom. I'm almost half way through uni and never even been to a party or been drinking in my life and honestly I really can't see the appeal. Maybe I'm just boring idk.
Original post by asianism
Maybe it's culture but I don't understand this at all. I don't understand why people go out partying during the weekdays in term time. I mean we are paying 9250£ and then another few thousand for accommodation. This is big money. Maybe everyone just has rich backing and can afford to whip out thousands each year and mess about...


Don't judge. It's culture. Even those who get jobs or do apprenticeships still go to nightclubs or pubs, so they drink a lot and party.
Original post by asianism
Thanks for the responses! It makes sense now, for me it seemed that as soon as everyone turned the corner after school they just went bonkers.... I wasn't raised in a British environment, so British uni came as a massive shock tbh. For me my family and I would only drink on very special occasions and I only go out partying with friends if there's something worth celebrating.

But then on my side of things it's very easy to get lonely,..

Reading that, you are definitely Chinese or Indian or Arab.

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