One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor

July 26, 2007 at 7:05 pm (Drinking, Facebook, Rants, UR)

Well, I’ve become friends with a bunch of my advisees on Facebook, and I must say, it is astounding how many of them have pictures of them drinking and/or with large amounts of alcohol around them. Putting aside my normal qualms about drinking, don’t these kids have any sense? These accounts and pictures really aren’t as secure as they obviously imagine. I have read quite a few articles about people who have lost positions or been suspended or in someway had their lives disrupted because they put evidence of underage drinking on the internet for all the world to see. Admittedly, Facebook can be one of the more secure websites, but only if you set it up that way! Most people don’t bother to activate many of the safety features offered on Facebook. If you’re going to drink, as you obviously are, then do it, but don’t flaunt it. If you flaunt it, those who discover it have no choice but to do something about it. Its just stupid to put yourself in a position where your standing somewhere may be in jeopardy. You may be kicked out or put on suspension for a sports team. When you get older, you may not get a job. Either of these or a million other things may occur simply because you had to go out an flaunt your transgressions.

Now, I know that you may not want to take me seriously, perhaps try to assure yourself that this won’t happen to you, but I ask you: why take the risk? You don’t have to post pictures of you with alcohol in your hands or around you. It doesn’t make you cooler. Those to whom it may matter for whatever reason will probably be the ones there drinking with you. Just take out an insurance policy on yourself, if you will, and don’t post pictures of yourself around alcohol, and if your friends do, then make sure you are not tagged. Even better: pass this advice on to them so they protect themselves as well.

You may think I’m going overboard here, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? And it really won’t hurt you or cause you as much hassle as it could should something come out of it. Just be safe and don’t give others ammo to shoot you down. Please.


1 Comment

  1. Britt said,

    Cheers! I’ll take my virgin daquiri, please.

    OH, what’s your favorite flower?

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