Pro­hibit­ing uni­ver­sity stu­dents from drink­ing al­co­hol is smart

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE - By Car­rie Yu

Avideo about the pro­hi­bi­tion of al­co­holic drinks at a Chi­nese uni­ver­sity went vi­ral on­line re­cently, which caused a heated de­bate whether stu­dents over 18 should be al­lowed to drink beer and liquor.

Ac­cord­ing to the clip, posted by Pear Video on Novem­ber 30, Xi’an Fanyi Uni­ver­sity stu­dents are now pro­hib­ited from drink­ing al­co­hol on cam­pus. Nor are they al­lowed to drink al­co­hol dur­ing off-cam­pus par­ties, ac­cord­ing to reg­u­la­tions re­leased by the uni­ver­sity.

Some ne­ti­zens said the reg­u­la­tions are un­der­stand­able, be­cause it’s for the stu­dents’ own good. But oth­ers said the school should let the stu­dents them­selves make the de­ci­sion be­cause they are le­gal adults.

Xi’an Fanyi Uni­ver­sity said that, in or­der to cre­ate a bet­ter cam­pus en­vi­ron­ment, it re­cently re­leased a writ­ten pro­posal to mer­chants work­ing around the prop­erty call­ing on them not to sell al­co­holic drinks or even cig­a­rettes to stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports. The reg­u­la­tions were re­leased in 2016.

The rea­son was that some stu­dents were get­ting drunk quite of­ten, pick­ing quar­rels, caus­ing trou­ble and act­ing ir­re­spon­si­ble, es­pe­cially dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion sea­son when they are cel­e­brat­ing.

In June of 2017, a 19-year-old stu­dent from a Guang­dong uni­ver­sity passed away due of “acute al­co­holism.” He and his col­lege friends went to a bar which had a “Six Cups Cock­tail” (a to­tal of 1,800 milliliters) pro­mo­tion which one per­son had to drink within three min­utes for it to be free, or else they had to pay 168 yuan ($24.48), ac­cord­ing to a re­port by China Youth Daily.

I be­lieve there are many other bet­ter and more pro­duc­tive ways to hang out with your friends, such as play­ing board games or go­ing out to the movies or walks in the park. There are also many stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tions in the fields of photography, sports, jour­nal­ism and writ­ing to bring stu­dents with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests to­gether. Cher­ish your cam­pus life, take ad­van­tage of the re­sources they of­fer and de­velop a hobby you re­ally like. Or else some day you will re­gret that the only mem­o­ries in your mind are get­ting drunk and vom­it­ing.

I un­der­stand that some­times it’s not easy to refuse your friends’ in­vi­ta­tion to go out drink­ing, be­cause you are afraid of los­ing face. That is why the reg­u­la­tions are a good thing, as they help stu­dents avoid that sort of moral dilemma.

In March of this year, a col­lege in Yun­nan is­sued a new rule that the school will send pho­tos of drunk stu­dents to their par­ents, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports. Such rules, along with the sup­port of schools, par­ents, lo­cal mer­chants and the stu­dents them­selves, can pre­vent young adults from mak­ing bad de­ci­sions that could pos­si­bly ruin their lives in ad­di­tion to their aca­demic and pro­fes­sional ca­reers.

In fact, most white-col­lar em­ploy­ees in Chi­nese metropoli­tan cities have ex­pe­ri­enced cam­pus life. But com­pared with their cur­rent stress­ful daily work, most long for the simple and in­no­cent times they had in school. Stu­dents should cher­ish their time on cam­pus by be­ing pro­duc­tive and in­tel­li­gent and creative, not lazy and ir­re­spon­si­ble and drunk.

The opin­ions ex­pressed in this ar­ti­cle are the au­thor’s own and do not nec­es­sar­ily re­flect the views of the Global Times.

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