A while ago, I wrote a post about how I don’t really like drinking alcohol. I was so thrilled to see that so many of you guys appreciated the post and could relate to it. Not being a big drinker has always made me feel like an outcast, and it made me feel better to see that so many of our readers could relate to what I was going through. I was helping you, you were helping me! Awesome!
Some time has passed, and I’m still not a big drinker. In fact, I barely drink at all. One, I don’t really like it. Two, I literally can’t drink that much because I have chronic stomach issues and alcohol makes me feel like someone is stabbing me repeatedly in the stomach. It’s not fun. I almost always avoid alcohol, and it has really made my life pretty difficult. You don’t realize how socially important alcohol is to people until you stop drinking.
Many of my friends drink when we go out or go to parties or just hang out in general. I never judge anyone for choosing to drink alcohol and get drunk, but that doesn’t mean people don’t judge me. I have to deal with a lot of annoying comments and a whole lot of people who seem to think I’m “boring” because I don’t want to get drunk with them. It’s a bummer, and I spend a lot of time wishing that alcohol wasn’t so important in our society so that I could feel less alone.
So, I was inspired to write this post about things that happen when you don’t drink. Sure, I’ll have the occasional drink once in a while, but for the most part, I’m the sober one. And it can get… interesting. Here are 20 things you’ll only understand if you don’t drink:
1. You always have to be the one who drives.
You’re fine with doing it, because you don’t want anyone drinking and driving, but it still kind of sucks sometimes.
2. Literally everyone will ask you why you don’t drink, and they are not satisfied until they have a legitimate answer.
“I don’t like it” is not legitimate, apparently. Personally, most people won’t leave me alone about it until I tell them I have serious stomach issues and alcohol feels like death.
3. Sometimes you consider pretending to drink just to get people off your back.
4. Then you feel like a huge phoney and spend the whole night hoping no one catches you.
5. You’re either cracking up laughing over the drunk people around you…
6. …Or you want to stop being friends with everyone because OMG drunk people can really be the worst when you’re sober.
7. You get to brag about how much money you saved while everyone else whines about how much money they just spent on drinks.
8. If you’re of age, you feel really uncomfortable when you go out to dinner, don’t order a drink, and then the other person you’re with doesn’t order one because you didn’t.
But they OBVIOUSLY wanted one. Just order it! Why do I have to drink for you to drink?!
9. Before you go out, your friends will beg you to drink with them that night.
10. Even people who have known for years that you’re not a big drinker will still be like “Are you going to drink tonight? Why not?”
11. You consistently meet people who think they can change your mind about not wanting to drink.
12. You sometimes feel embarrassed about telling new people you don’t drink just because you’re so used to negative reactions.
13. When everyone you’re with takes a shot, you just kind of stand there feeling awkward.
14. There’s always one person who’s convinced you’ll take the shot if they buy it, even if you said no, so they buy it, then get annoyed when you don’t take it.
I literally said no. What is so hard about understanding that?
15. You have to learn how to respond to rude comments like, “That’s so boring.”
Sorry I don’t need to drink to have a good time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
16. You get stuck with herding your drunk friends around and taking care of them when they’re sick.
17. Sometimes you feel a little left out from all the drunk bonding that is going on around you.
18. If you drink occasionally, then when you DO have a drink, everyone acts like it’s the best moment of your life.
19. Sometimes you get to a point where you can’t even make plans with people because they’re only interested in drinking and you’re not, and being around them is tough.
20. It’s fine, because at the end of the day, you have the last laugh when you wake up in the morning hangover-free.
Are you someone who doesn’t really like to drink? What can you relate to? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.