Pressure to drink but I'm scared

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    I was so ready for college but then my dad was diagnosed. Everyone here seems so carefree and all they do is have fun. I know that’s probably not the case for everyone but I always feel so distant from everyone else.

    I have really great friends here but I keep avoiding going out. I’m afraid to drink too much and get emotional. I know that I feel sad and am in pain all the time over my dad’s disease but I’m scared of not being able to control when I express or expose those feelings. At the same time, I want to have fun every once and a while and cut loose.

    Anyone else struggling with this dilemma?

    #438
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    I totally get where you’re coming from. My dad was diagnosed just before I left and I felt disconnected as well. My suggestion is to trust your gut and not push yourself. If you feel like going out and drinking, go for it! If not, I would hope your friends wouldn’t judge you. If they do, they aren’t your real friends and I promise you will find better ones. The friends I first made in college were not the ones I ended up with!

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    I would say definitely don’t push yourself. I actually tried to and found myself leaving parties to go home and break down. At the same time, I had a friend who found that it was helpful to go out and have fun and didn’t have any emotional breakdowns (that I know of) from it! Trust your gut, friend!

    #474
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    Just wanted to chime in and say that I agree with what everyone said above. Don’t worry about how people view you. If they judge you they aren’t worth it because they have no idea what you’re going through

    #493
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    You guys are amazing! I was probably worrying a little too much but I know that in the end it won’t matter. I’d rather just be me than worry about who will judge me

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