Why I Don’t Drink Alcohol
With bars and restaurants reopening, summer parties filling calendars, and rescheduled weddings on the horizon, I thought it might be an appropriate time to write a short blog post about alcohol consumption.
I’m 27-years-old and have never been drunk. I don’t drink at all, actually, for a multitude of reasons. And that usually brings up a lot of questions that I figured I’d put into a blog post to address.
I just don’t.
Sure, I have my reasons. But I don’t owe them to anyone but myself. I’m very fortunate to have so many wonderful people in my life who have never pressured me or made me feel less than for this fact. But I know for a lot of folks, that support system just isn’t there.
So I’m putting this post out there for them. If someone tells you they don’t drink, please don’t follow up with “why?" Give them a seltzer or a soda and move on. Please don’t make them explain their reasons. Please don’t tell them to “live a little.” Please don’t “make it your goal for the night to get them drunk!!”
Just let it go. Let them drink their virgin margarita and have a wonderful time.
I hesitated a lot with writing/posting a blog on this topic because I try to be really intentional in conversations around alcohol. This isn’t meant to come across as an anti-drinking campaign. It’s simply a reflection of how we handle the conversations around drinking.
This summer, please hold a little grace for all of your loved ones—no matter how they choose to celebrate.