One thing I never understand is why some people are so surprised when you tell them that you “don’t drink alcohol”.
Why is it such a big deal?
Before I was put on the medication I am currently on I would socially drink. Sure, sometimes it got a bit wild and I would wake up with a massive hangover the next day but that was part of being young and wreckless.
However, I have noticed these days that when I say to somebody that “I’m not drinking” or “I don’t drink alcohol” they suddenly have to speak up and ask a gazillion questions. Same when somebody says “what are you drinking?” when we are out and my reply is “lemonade” – I get the most shocked responses questioning me how and why I am out when I’m not even drinking.
What does it matter? Will it ruin your night because I’m not drinking? – No.
I know how to have a good night without alcohol. It’s been about 2 years now and I don’t miss it one bit. I don’t need alcohol to have a good time – I need good company.
It doesn’t matter that some people don’t drink alcohol. There are many reasons why they don’t and that is something personal that isn’t anybody else’s business. It could be because they are on medication, they don’t believe in alcohol or perhaps they don’t actually like drinking – it doesn’t matter.
Perhaps rather than question people on why they don’t drink alcohol and look at them as if they are insane, question yourself on why you do.
I can certainly say I do not miss waking up with a hangover the next morning trying to remember what crazy stuff I did!