I know what you are thinking, University life isn’t all about booze. You are right, but also wrong. A big part of Uni culture is drinking excessively, nights out, a pint after a hard lecture and being social.
If you are not a big drinker, then tell the people your limits and that you just want to remain sober. You don’t have to drink, but there are a lot of people, I know I did, that go out every week, and they are drinking, if you don’t want to be a part of that scene, I suggest finding a group of people that don’t drink, or find people you enjoy spending time with and that you trust to respect your values.
Going on nights out will give you amazing, spectacular but also embarrassing memories, but these are the moments you bond with people, you reminisce about the time your friend went up to someone and shared their jacket, so they both danced like fools, and it was funny, you remember someone being so drunk you had to carry them home.
You learn to go on the next day with a hangover, you learn your limits, you learn how to deal with your embarrassing drunk self. Some awful things happen when people drink, I have broken my wrist, well sprained it I think, but it hurt like a bitch. But you learn how to become an adult and accept the responsibility for your actions.
There will be really hard days where you just want to sit in the pub, and have a pint with your friends, talk shit and just chill. Pubs are an excellent way to meet new people and be more social.
One thing I would say is to be wary of alcohol, as much as I love it, it is a crutch. Know your limits, be out with people you trust, and always drink water when you come in from a night out. But apart from that, enjoy. Enjoy the painful headache the next day, some of your best stories will be from you and people being drunk. You never know you might meet your soulmate out drinking.
You can discover a lot more at Uni, and DRINK RESPONSIBLY when you have drunk an excessive amount it can impair you the next day, or next few days in my case, so just be careful and have fun!