Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4008 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4819 times:
Is there anybody out there who doesn't drink any alcohol at all, for whatever reason they might have? I don't mean social drinkers that don't get drunk, I mean really none at all.
In my case, I don't even have a good reason. I just never started. And now at 23 I think I'm past the critical age too. Partly it's for all the money I've saved, partly because I like to wake up in the morning and actually know what I did yesterday. Maybe it's for health reasons too (even though I've read all those crazy stats about French people living like 3 years longer because they have a glas of rouge every day once they're 2 years old).
I really don't mind drinkers at all. I'm really cool with any rate of alcohol consumption, and I would never start trying to convince them to stop or anything.
I have no problem going to all the college parties and have fun with all the drunk people. Many times, I feel they appreciate having a sober person around. You never know.
Any non-drinkers around? How did you make it past your teen years? Did they harass you a lot? Were you "uncool"? Or did they respect you?
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ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5587 posts, RR: 33
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4764 times:
This is good for you, if you don't like it. But for me there is no better drink than a really good red wine, a Bordeaux for example and many others. I also admit that sometimes I like to drink a lot of beer with my friends for fun. But I almost don't drink any other alcoholic beverages, perhaps very seldom a good Whisky. Actually I only drink a good wine with a good meal, perhaps once Week and a lot of beer with my friends at parties, but on "normal" days I don't drink any alcohol.
RootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4188 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4757 times:
Its a very smart thread that you've started up. And curageous, since not everyone will admit they don't drink.
Same is for me, I don't drink alcohol,not only because I know all the risks that it brings , certainly not because I'm mormon, and not because I have heavy medication, or because I have Liver disease.The reason is, I don't like the taste of alcohol at all . Ok I have gotten drunk twice but the day after was really horrible for me . That was about 5 years ago.
I've never had this "uncool" remarks. I have been lucky that people around me understood me as much as the fact I don't smoke. Its a matter of taste. And when I did get served beer I would not drink it all since the 4 first sips were good but then I got fed up with it. I don't need to drink alcohol to feel good or cool.
I don't know what there is cool about it but unfortunately many people would disagree with me.
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Mrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4752 times:
Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 3): Read again! I never said anything against drinkers, and I never judged them.
My statement was not meant to be offensive at all. If you perceived it to be so, I apologize. I was only a little surprised about the word proud.. happy would have done better. My point was only that drinking is not bad if it is done responsibly. I.e. no drunk driving, no loss of control etc.. I for instance neither engage in drunk driving nor does my personally change crucially if I am drunk (i.e. I am NOT aggressive or something else, or I don't pester people, I am only a little hyper and maybe have strange ideas.. ).
Sorry again if my statement was ambiguous.. Hope this clarifies our obvious misunderstanding
Erikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4747 times:
I started drinking to fell more mature(yeah right), and to impress the girlsof high-school, you know the drill.
Then at some point, the fun was to get as wasted as possible.
Now I drink responsably, but I have to admit that sometimes it pass that line, but I´m still responsable not to drive, to take a cab or let someone drive my car.
It´s not that I drink a lot at once, but I drink often a litle.
But hey, it´s cool if you don´t wasnt any alcohol in you, maybe you don´t like the taste or whatever....I don´t like olives for ex.
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Fubar37 From Canada, joined May 2005, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4732 times:
I also don't drink. I am 31 now and have never been drunk. I find that most people I Tell that i have never been drunk or don't drink respect it. As you said, there is nothing wrong with having a little drink and having fun I just choose not to. I never let peer pressure get to me. If I didn't want to drink then I just didn't. All of my friends drink and i go out with them all the time and laugh at them when they are drunk, plus i have the added advantage of always being the designated driver so i don't have to worry if i will make it home or not. In my teen years i would always listen to poeple tell stories about how drunk the got on the weekend and how they barfed in the toilet all night or how they walked home along the train tracks and had brusies all up thier legs and torn their pants becasue they kept falling down. All i could think of was, why? I Hate being sick, why would i want to make myself sick.
Anyways that's my two cents.
Happy Drinking to the rest of you!
AzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 776 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4725 times:
Also have never drunk, except for a little wine when I lived in the Azores and on those occasions when I really had little choice.
Birdwatching, your post could be a carbon copy for me. I enjoyed going to parties, etc, in college, but I never drank, nor was I ever made to feel bad because of it. It just wasn't an issue. I often was the designated person to get my friends home safely, a role which I didn't mind in the least!!
Basically, I too always want to be in full control, and to never have to wonder what I may have done while under the influence.
I also hold no bad feelings towards drinking by anyone else at all, except in one specific scenario: DON'T GET BEHIND THE WHEEL AFTER YOU'VE BEEN DRINKING!!!!!!!!!!!!
Having lost a few students to drunk drivers when I was teaching school, and having lost both grandparents and an aunt to a drunk driver who ran a stop sign at 50 mph, (and of course wasn't hurt at all!), I am very passionate about drinking and driving.
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MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14705 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4701 times:
I drink occasionally for the flavour, e.g. a good quality beer, a few glasses of a good wine or a shot of a good single malt whisky, but I hate to get drunk.
If I'm drunk I usually get euphoric and talkative first (sometimes to the annoyance of people I'm with), but later I become depressive.
J_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4687 times:
I didn't have a drink until the day after my 22nd birthday...and then it was a small glass of beer at Pizza Hut with 3 friends for lunch...it make it easier to split the bill 4 ways...I never drank it for the alcohol...just as a beverage...
Since then, the most drinks I had in one nite was 3..back in my early 20's...never got anywhere close to being drunk...I would have a beer at company parties (as sodas were too hard to get) but was VERY happy when no-alc beers became available...nowadays, I have a glass of wine with dinner with friends maybe 2-3 times a year..have not had a beer/mixed drink for years...
Tmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4677 times:
I also don't drink alcohol. It is probably partly down to watching what people can be like, when drunk, on Police Stop Action type TV shows. I also do not like the thought of not being able to control myself/ the morning after.
Quoting AzoresLover (Reply 12): Birdwatching, your post could be a carbon copy for me. I enjoyed going to parties, etc, in college, but I never drank, nor was I ever made to feel bad because of it.
I am at college and have also never been made to feel bad for choosing to stick to the coke/ non alcoholic drinks.
A319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 4623 times:
Quoting Saigonhouston (Reply 18): Gosh...why should I even open this thread. 100% Non-alcohol drinkers means boring people to be around at the party or group gathering.
What you're basically saying is that people need alcohol to be amusing. Quite a.. strange statement. I drink (actually, I'm having a beer right now ), but if people don't drink I'm totally fine with that. Furthermore, I dont find non-drinkers any less social or amusing than drinkers, and if there would be a difference, it would be more likely the other way around.
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