WHY I DON’T DRINK, AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T CARE IF YOU DON’T EITHER.

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There’s no big juicy story about why I don’t drink. To put it bluntly, I just don’t like the taste.

That’s not to say I haven’t drunk before, and got myself in some pretty states, let me tell ya! So glad we didn’t take many pictures back then. In my teenage years I tried all sorts of alcohol, and drank to make myself feel accepted by my peers and be in the ‘cool’ crowd. I don’t regret this because I don’t like to live that way, it was what we did on Friday night. And by the looks of it, teenagers these days get up to a lot worse on their weekends. (No judging here peeps, you do you, unless you’re being a dodgy human being, of course)

So, its been 8 years since I tasted alcohol, and I don’t wish for it to be a part of my life. Don’t get me wrong, loads of people in my life drink and I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t care. I’d rather have a cup of tea, promise.

It doesn’t affect me if they drink, and my not drinking shouldn’t affect them either. Live your own life, dude.

I think its weird when people seem to have an issue with it. Trying to ‘cajole’ people into drinking when they don’t want to makes you a sucky person I think. If you told me you didn’t like tuna, I wouldn’t force you to eat it. That’s exactly the same to me with alcohol. I know it’s crazy wild that I don’t want an alcoholic beverage, but having a difference taste is nothing to be ashamed of.

JUST BECAUSE I DON’T DRINK DOESN’T MEAN I’M…

  • A snotty, stuck up person who doesn’t ‘approve’ of alcohol
  • Boring
  • That I don’t know how to have a fun time
  • That I look down on you because you drink
  • That I think think I’m better than you
  • That I create my body like a sculpture and have no vices
  • That I’ve never drunk before. Yes I’ve tasted sambuca and remember it well, thanks.
  • That I brag about not drinking. I don’t mention it hardly ever.

 

Has anyone else experienced this if you don’t drink?

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  • Great post Natalie! I do drink but not a lot and even less since I’ve been trying to get pregnant. I always feel the pressure from people to drink when I turn up to somewhere where people will be drinking and I’m driving. It’s not right and I wish people would respect my decision! It’s like being forced to smoke! Glad you’ve written about this 🙂
    Hannah
    http://www.hannahandtheblog.com

    • It’s so tricky, I think people think I’m being rude or something but what can you do when you don’t like the taste and don’t want to force it down! xx

  • Loved this post Natalie! I’m the same with not liking the the taste, as well as the fact that it just doesn’t do anything for me (and I also get migraines which wine is notorious for being a trigger for) . It’s been a couple of years now since I’ve really drunk anything (with the exception of a gin and tonic that I had at my Hen party last weekend haha, the only alcoholic drink I actually like) and while people are usually quite understanding I do get some funny looks now and then! They always seem confused when I just want water! It’s like – I have no problem with alcohol – I just don’t want to drink it myself!!
    Lauren xx

    • I know you always feel like you need to explain don’t you! I just say I haven’t drunk since I was a teenager because I had enough of it back then, haha! xx

  • I stopped drinking back in June, I haven-t said I-ll never drink again or put a time limit on it I just felt like I needed to take a break – not that I drank very much at all! Maybe a few drinks on a night out every couple of months!! But the hangovers really hit me bad after 25, I found they’d last for two days at least and I just felt awful, like I was poisoning my body.

    I must admit that I do feel pressured to drink sometimes, but I’m a very strong willed person. I like having the feeling of being 100% in control, being able to drive home and waking up feeling fresh and normal rather than poorly and shaky!

    Peta x
    http://www.pe-ta.com

    • I totally get you, I like to be in control too! Some tastes are just different to others, give me a cuppa anyday! xx

  • Nikita Rajkumar

    There is so much pressure as a teen to drink, and I can’t say that I’m tempted at all. I haven’t ever touched any alcohol and I don’t regret anything. At parties, it’s always ‘cool’ to drink but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun without it xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

    • Definitely, I drank when I was a teen and got in quite bad states. Maybe that’s what puts me off the taste? xx

  • Great post Natalie! I’ve never really been interested in alcohol as I didn’t like the taste the few times that I tried. I’ve definitely noticed that when people say they do not drink, some people tend to have a problem with it. You’re right, it’s sucky to cajole someone to drink and to think the person looks down on you because you drink. My motto is live and let live! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  • I very rarely drink, personally. I do like the taste of certain alcoholic drinks, but for the most part, I love the taste of soft alternatives. I think each to their own and if that is what you want to do, or don’t want to do, then they is your choice!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    • Definitely! It’s all up to the individual what THEY want to drink xxx

  • Amy Eade

    I do drink but only because I like the taste and not to get drunk so I don’t drink a lot and don’t get drunk – people don’t seem to get that I don’t want to do shots or that I don’t want to get wasted because it’s ‘fun’ – I can have fun without getting drunk!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • Sometimes I just wish I liked the taste to save me the aggro! x

  • I don’t really drink much as I a) don’t like the taste of most alcoholic drinks and b) I know how bad it is for my body and it’s so annoying when people try to ‘convince’ you to drink. Like, I know what I want thanks – it’s my choice! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

    • I know, it’s so so frustrating! And very rude I think of others xxx

  • Diana Maria

    This is such a great post Natalie! I couldn’t agree more, it’s so strange to me when people try to get you to drink. A lot of times when I’m not drinking, I have a non alcoholic drink in my hands just so people stop asking me about it- some people really can’t seem to accept the idea you don’t want to drink! I drink every once in a while but I think it’s fine if you do and it’s fine if you don’t! Good for you for sticking to your beliefs and not letting others change your ways xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • Yeah I always have a water or a Diet Coke! It’s totally up to the person isn’t it! It’s make no difference to me whether others drink or not so it shouldn’t to them if I don’t! xx

  • This is something I always talk about (as I don’t drink either / rarely: think half a shot of alcohol just to try something) and people look at me quizzically too! My work place is the worst, because they always ‘tease’ me and say “yeah we’re gonna get Cherie drunk!” and I’m like guys, no thank you. But it’s fine, I get used to it and I don’t really give a shit hahaha, so that’s all good.

    People often think it’s some sort of life-changing experience that makes me not want to drink but it’s just down to personal choice really. I think screw what everyone else think and do what you like, life is way too short to be bothered anyway, really!

    Cherie ✿ delicately.xyz

    • I get that all the time! It’s very annoying, I just think it’s quite rude really! Like I’m not forcing you to eat things YOU don’t like! xx