I am that person in a group. You know the one that doesn’t drink alcohol. With a very polite smile, I say no and laugh inside about all those startled faces looking at me.
I admit it is a little bit awkward, but it shouldn’t be. Just like I guess, it must have felt in the 1920’s being a non-smoker.
I won’t go as far to say that I don’t take a drop of alcohol ever! That would be lying. If it is a recipe that needs a drop of white wine, I’ll go to the wine shop and buy it. If it is those ribs marinated in some red wine, I’ll have them.
I’ve never been a heavy drinker, but I just decided to stop, because first I’ve really never enjoyed the taste of alcohol, and trust me I’ve tried them all before deciding to quit. Secondly, every time I drank, it was hard for me to stop (I realized that I was drinking more whenever I was pissed off about something) and that often led to me being a drunk queen at every night I went out. Lastly, there was no joy and accomplishment I was getting from it. I would say that my experience with alcohol has never been a good one. So, it was really not difficult for me to quit.
I first was on and off for 3 years, but for the last two years I’ve been able to quit definitely.
Drinking alcohol is so socially acceptable that when you say you are a non-drinker, most people think you must be some kind of weirdo or a ‘’sainte-nitouche’’. It is hard to resist peer pressure. But since it is a personal decision, I have outgrown that kind of pressure and can have fun without a drop of alcohol.
We all have a different relation with our favorite drink, but mine was not working. If ever yours is not working for you too, it is really possible to quit alcohol and not feel bizarre lol .
A little break is always a good idea…