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Living the straight-edge lifestyle in college

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.

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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