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Before starting at Leicester, he exchanged messages with other freshers.
When they found out he was a non-drinker, most thought this "boring" and wondered how he would make the most of the freshers' experience.
But Oliver says being teetotal is not as people imagine.
"People think that if you don't drink you will just end up standing in the corner of a club by yourself. You can have just as much fun and you get a lot of respect from people.
Of course, even for most people who are vehemently against binge drinking, the norm is drinking in moderation rather than giving up completely.
Constant pressure Without a dose of Dutch courage, a week spent socialising with a group of complete strangers may seem like a daunting experience to some.
Alcohol poisoning from a particularly heavy drinking session several months ago persuaded Oliver to go teetotal.
"I didn't drink a drop and wasn't even tempted," the 18-year-old Birmingham University student says.
Plus people see it as a bit weird that I don't drink, which appears to put them off." Comprehension struggle "Lots of people think drinking is essential to get in the mood," says Oliver, an 18-year-old geography student.
"Everyone finds it harder to get on the dance floor without having a few drinks inside them and talking to strangers is certainly more difficult." And then there is explaining why he doesn't drink - because it is frequently remarked upon.