Living alcohol-free on Canadian Campuses: Opinion

November 29, 2019

“Ask just about any expert, and you’ll be told that today’s youth are drinking less,” writes Stacey Lee Kong. Despite studies affirming that teenage alcohol consumption is declining, the author argues that there is still a “robust drinking culture on many [Canadian] campuses.” What, then, is the experience of students who do not consume alcohol on Canadian campuses? asks Kong. Surveying eight Canadian non-drinkers, Maclean’s found that most non-drinking students felt that they were a minority among their peers, and that their decision to abstain from alcohol had a negative impact on their social lives, such as social exclusion and peer pressure. The author concludes, however, that the landscape might be changing as some students come to favour other recreational drugs. Maclean’s (National)