It’s OK to be uninterested in alcohol or smoking — in fact, it’s punk
The words from Asher Roth’s 2009 university anthem “I Love College” still ring true for many: “Man I love college (hey), and I love drinking (hey).”
But that lifestyle of “getting wasted,” Roth repeats numerous times, never interested me.
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Young adults, especially college students, may often feel like drinking, smoking or doing drugs is a requirement to fit in with their friends or at parties. But there are other lifestyles students can choose to live.
The straight edge lifestyle is a commitment to abstinence from alcohol, recreational or illicit drugs and tobacco, or the abuse of such substances.
Straight edge is a movement that began in the punk rock scene of the early ‘80s when “sex, drugs and rock and roll” was a common theme in music. In 1981, punk band Minor Threat released a song called “Straight Edge” that began a new, impactful movement.
Read the full article: Living the straight edge lifestyle in college
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