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Dear Frosh: I wish I had known my drinking limit

Jenna Johnson

Today we kick off a new feature, "Dear Frosh," with advice from Tauhid Chappell, a junior at Virginia Tech.

I wish I had known my drinking limit.

As a freshman, I didn't know and it cost me big time. Alcohol is one of the social aspects in college -- but you need to learn to be careful and be responsible. If you're under 21, you're doing something illegal, if you're not responsible, the cops will snag you.

tauhid_chappell.jpgIf you're smart, you will know not to drink in your dorm room. If you don't have a cool resident adviser like I did, you're taking a huge risk by pulling out that handle of liquor to pre-game before you head out to a party.

When you get caught, there's no "right" way to explain why you posses alcohol -- so avoid getting into that position. The last thing your parents need is a call from your RA or the police.

Being responsible also means watching how much you spend on beer and booze. Don't waste it on alcohol for pre-gaming, as those handles of liquor really add up fast. Look for parties that you can get into without having to pay $5 for a cup (like I had to when I was a freshman). Paying is ridiculous -- and if the party is packed, you likely will not get your money's worth and will spend lots of time standing in a long line.

If you are going to drink, please know your limit! Everyone has different tolerance levels. Know how much you can handle, and if you're unsure, either don't drink, drink a little or alternate (like drink one cup of water for every one cup of beer consumed).

When it comes down to it, we all hit a point where we act stupid and need to be taken care of. Don't be that guy or girl who drank too much and needs to be babysat. Be safe, be responsible and have fun!

What do you wish you had known as a freshman? E-mail me your short essay (less than 300 words) and it might be featured on the blog.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  September 7, 2010; 9:22 AM ET
Categories:  College 101  | Tags: Dear Frosh  
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