So this is something I've been meaning to post about for a while but never actually sat down and did, until now. It's not a life altering post, but it's something I find pretty annoying, patronising and a little boring by now, so here it is.
I don't drink alcohol. I can't really remember the last time I was drunk, and I think the last alcoholic drink I had was a Malibu and lemonade on New Year's Eve, and even that was to appease everybody else (sadly). It's not for religious reasons that I don't drink, i'm not raising money for anything and I don't have anything against alcohol or people drinking it. It just simply doesn't appeal to me anymore.
Don't get me wrong, 17 year old me would be like "what are you talking about?!" while primping herself ready for the local pub quiz with all the other underage-rs ready to go and get "off her head" on cider and blackcurrants and vodka and Coke's. Though, even then I didn't drink as much as other people I hung around with, but I never thought anything of it. Probably because I had to spend and drink so much to get drunk that it seemed more a chore than anything else.
Somewhere over the past year or so, I just stopped drinking alcohol. It didn't bother me, I saved a lot of money and I always found myself preferring a nice refreshing drink over a spirit or mixer. Over time I started taking medication which advises that I shouldn't mix it with alcohol, but I didn't stop drinking because of that and I'd still have the same opinion regardless. Now for me, this isn't a big deal. It's just like someone not smoking, right?
Wrong. Telling people you don't drink usually gets a reaction of horror and a barrage of questions and statements like "why?" "what?" "I couldn't do that" "I wish I could stop drinking" "Go on, just have one!" etc. Rather annoying. Especially with me being a student at university, it's like drinking is imperative and anything else makes you wrong. Me choosing to not drink alcohol shouldn't affect anyone except me, my liver and my bank balance.
I've never considered myself one of those people that needs a drink to have a good time. Dancing In The Moonlight comes on when I'm out? I am right up there dancing away with my glass of (full fat) Coke. But, unfortunately I think people now view me as "boring" or "stiff" or like there's something wrong with me. I find that so narrow minded. Alcohol can cause just the same amount of problems as smoking or drugs. Tell someone you don't do drugs, everyone agrees and commends you. Tell someone you'd rather have water over vodka? Cue the gasps of incomprehension.
I just wanted to write this post to say that choosing not to drink alcohol is NOT a big deal. No matter what people think it is not a necessity for teenagers and young adults and you should not be pressured into thinking you have to drink because everyone else is.
You shouldn't view or treat somebody different for their lifestyle choice. I don't have a problem with you getting paralytic on a Saturday night (unless you're gyrating on me or I have to hold your hair back) so don't have a problem with me just choosing not to. Now I'm not saying that I'll never drink alcohol again, but for now, I dont. Next time someone tells you they don't drink, it's fine to ask why, just try not to make them feel like an alien outcast.
Does anybody else have the same opinion, or am I actually weird? Please let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear what you guys think. Oh, and just to blow your minds a little bit more... I don't drink caffeine either.