Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I don't drink.

My husband today sent me this article written by a woman who doesn't drink. And yes, by drink, we're talking alcohol. The title of the article is "My not drinking bothers friends," and I was immediately interested. See, I don't drink either. At least, not much. But I find that often in social situations, I feel weird about drinking a Coke, or just water. Although to be honest, it's probably more my issue than my friends' issue. I'm the one who's self-conscious. I can't even have dinner at a nice Italian restaurant without feeling weird that we're the only ones without wine. Why is it SO taboo to NOT be a drinker?

There's a great line in the article where someone asks the writer's husband (who also doesn't drink) why he's not having an adult beverage. His reply: "Listen, I'm a 30-year-old man. Whatever I'm drinking is an adult beverage." I love that.

The writer, who used to drink, quit because she didn't like where it was taking her. My excuses are a little different:

1) I don't like it. Plain and simple. I don't have a problem if you want to drink, go right ahead. But I just don't like the taste of it. I'd much rather spend my hard-earned cash on a Coke than a Cosmo, Corona, or Cognac. (And why ruin a perfectly good Coca Cola with Jack?) Sure, there are times where I feel like indulging, and I do, but it most likely involves a mojito or something peach. And just one.

2) Ignorance. I wouldn't know the difference between a Fuzzy Navel and a Sex on the Beach. All those bottles on the back of the bar look nice, but I have no idea what's in them, and my will to learn is nearly nonexistent.

So there you have it. I don't drink. At least, not much. So next time you're taking me out to dinner (see what I did there?), be glad I'm a cheap date!


J. et K. said...

I think you are wise not to let others influence you or make you feel awkward about not drinking. You're right - cheaper AND healthier in most cases.

swaroopa said...

Hi stephanie,

eventhough i am just 17 and am just starting with life, i kinda share a similar feeling....all my pals drink and when i'm asked about myself, my refusal usually makes people give my unpleasant looks and comments like, ''really? thats kinda sad"
Honestly, alcohol has failed to appeal to me and i dont really see whats the big deal about people NOT having it. I like the way you've handled the topic. Its nice..


Meaghan said...

I don't drink a lot either, so I know how you feel. When I go "out" with friends that do, I simply relay the truth: I don't have to have alcohol in me to have fun. I'm happy to act like an idiot without it :)

Also, my family (on both sides) has some pretty bad habits when it comes to alcohol, so I shy away to avoid addiction as well.

So I raise my glass of Dr Pepper to your Coke and toast!