I’m not a big drinker. I never have been. My mum doesn’t drink at all and my dad very rarely drinks so alcohol hasn’t really been part of my environment.
University was the only exception. I drank then to be sociable. Drinking was a huge part of student culture and I didn’t want to be excluded. Sad really, but I was young and wanted to fit in.
Thanks to University, I definitely became a party girl and some people who I met at the time still can’t believe I’m not the same party girl as I was then.
But the truth is, drinking is not for me. First of all, I don’t particularly like the taste. I’ve never tried poison but that’s what alcohol tastes like to me. I’d rather a cup of tea any day of the week.
I also don’t like way it makes me feel. It doesn’t matter if I have a glass of wine or a bottle, I still feel dreadful the following morning. Self-inflicted illness is not for me!
Additionally, I can’t stand the feeling of being out of control. And the way that alcohol makes people do stupid things. I do enough stupid things when I’m sober, thanks.
Tis the season to be…teetotal?
So now, I’m faced with being teetotal during the festive season. It won’t be a problem at home but it will certainly raise a few eyebrows when I’m out and about.
Some friends don’t bat an eyelid. But several friends don’t understand at all. I’ve had every “Don’t be so boring!” comment going.
To be honest, it’s boring when people concentrate so much on me not drinking rather than enjoying themselves.
It’s funny because when I don’t drink, I’m just as merry as people who do. In fact, people come up to my friends and ask them, “What is she on?” because I’m letting my hair down so much. Hey, a girl’s gotta dance!
While it won’t be difficult for me not to drink, it will be tricky to avoid alcohol. It’s everywhere in December, from mulled wine to festive cocktails. And I could do without the “But it’s Christmas!” peer pressure.
But at 27, I feel comfortable saying, “No thank you, I don’t drink”. I don’t question other people’s lifestyle choices so please don’t question mine.
I don’t care whether people think it’s weird that I don’t drink. As long as I am (and they are) having a good time, who cares? Bring on the mocktails!
Are there any other teetotal bloggers out there? I would love to know!