Author: Allison LeCain
Does the saying â€˜it doesnâ€™t count as alcoholism until youâ€™re out of collegeâ€™ mean anything to you?
When people hear tales of college, they usually involve drinking. You come home for winter break and all you hear about from your friends is how wasted they were when they jumped off the roof, fell out of a tree, or woke up in a strangerâ€™s bed. This makes it feel like college is all about drinking alcohol.
I myself turned 21 almost a year ago (what do I have to look forward to now!?), but my 21st birthday certainly wasnâ€™t the first time I had tasted alcohol (sorry mom). Â Iâ€™d be lying if I said that underage students at CSU donâ€™t drink, as itâ€™s easy to look up the statistics online, but in my opinion some of the underage students are smarter than others.
Itâ€™s my understanding that the majority of underage students tend to move in crowds, house-party hopping on Friday nights. For others, it seems like there is no way they can possibly wait to go to bars or buy something at a liquor store, so they choose to â€˜turn 21â€™ right now.
Fake IDâ€™s are nothing new, though it is becoming increasingly easier to get them, what with the internet and all that jazz. Once a person has a legitimate-looking â€˜fakeâ€™, they can join their 21-and-up friends for a night of buying overly-priced alcoholic beverages and mingling with some honeys.
While it is ridiculously unfair that a person can serve in the military and vote at the age of 18 but cannot buy or consume alcohol, the repercussions for dodging this law by purchasing a â€˜fakeâ€™ are costly, and I donâ€™t just mean money-wise.
If a person is caught with a fake ID, there are several possibilities of punishment by law. These range from a $1,000 fine to one year in jail with a felony or misdemeanor charge on your record, depending on your criminal history.
Now this may just be my belief, but Iâ€™m thinking that messing up your college career by going to jail might not be a good plan. You should treasure those few more months/years you have of being underage, because after youâ€™re 21, life kicks into gear. Soon youâ€™ll graduate college and be in the real world. Thatâ€™s when youâ€™ll be wishing you were underage with less life decisions to make.
Stay smart rams and think before you drink.