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Why I don't drink alcohol
This comes up rather often and I explain some of these each time, but I don't think I've ever written down all the reasons why I don't drink alcohol. Occasionally I wonder even just to myself why I don't so now seems like as good as any to list at least a few of them. They won't be in any particular order of importance.
  • I haven't started already; why start now.
  • Alcohol is expensive. I've seen restaurant bills double or triple just because of alcohol.
  • I've never drank so I don't know how much I can handle.
  • I don't have anyone I trust to be around when inebriated.
  • I don't trust myself to know what would happen if I happen to get drunk.
  • Alcoholism may run in the family; both of my Uncles were alcoholics for a very long time (if not still).
  • I don't believe alcohol should be required as "social lubricant".
  • I dislike social events that revolve solely around drinking and talking about things drunk people have done.
  • Most of the time I consider drinking is when I'm alone; absolutely wrong time/reason to take up drinking.
  • Added: Something about the smell of beer is repulsive to me. No idea why; maybe it's psychological.
  • Added: I'm somewhat paranoid about doing something risky sexually if impaired. (I'm paranoid about that in general too)
Well, while I'm here let's make a list of why I should start drinking:
  • More choice in beverages and flavor variety.
  • Less awkward at social functions when declining alcohol.
  • Might make approaching guys or just being social a little easier. Might.
Uh, yeah. That's not much of a reason to start.
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mai_neh From: mai_neh Date: March 26th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't drink coffee, so I guess we're even? ;-)
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 26th, 2013 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
:-) A few years ago I would have said I wasn't much of a coffee drinker myself. I still don't drink "real" coffee but have at least one mocha, even if only sweet ones, most days so there's that now.
damnitnicole From: damnitnicole Date: March 26th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you don't want to drink, don't drink. Simple as that.

Even as someone who *does* drink, nothing pisses me off more than having to explain myself for not drinking. Because as much as I happen to like getting wasted, more often than not, I'm happy to not drink. It's expensive and unhealthy.

The only reason I ever willingly provide is "no thanks, I'm driving." I make it a practice to completely avoid anyone who tries to pressure me to drink. Like, hello, this is not high school, peer pressure is not cool.
legolastn From: legolastn Date: March 27th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Well said!
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 27th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It does seem silly from the perspective of "what, is this highschool?" :-P

I don't mind explaining myself. It gets a little old from time to time, but the only really annoying aspect is when the exact same person asks if I want a beer every time I see them even through I've clearly said "No thanks, I don't drink." every time. (thinking of one person in particular who, oddly enough, liked this post on Facebook)
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