Whenever I meet someone new, one of the first questions that seems to be asked is “why don’t you drink?”, in fact it’s probably one of the most asked questions I get, besides “what do you even blog about?”. I suppose it is pretty abnormal for an eighteen-year-old student to not drink and not go out and party, this day and age however I don’t plan on joining in the hype any time soon. Don’t get me wrong, I have had the odd drink here and there at special occasions or when on holiday, but probably only enough to count on both hands. I think some people think it is for health or religious reasons, however it is neither, and it also wasn’t a conscious decision I made. It has just never really appealed to me.
That being said, there are several reasons that have always influenced my decision on not drinking and that have always put me off the idea.
I don’t like the smell of alcohol, in fact I can’t stand it. After having cheap drinks split on me at several gigs, the revolting smell has always been enough to put me off. I also genuinely don’t like the taste of most forms of alcohol. After sipping my parents drinks before, I realised there’d b no point in forcing myself to drink something that I didn’t enjoy in order to ‘fit in’.
Let’s be real, alcohol can be expensive and I’ve always seen it as a waste of money. It may sound absolutely cringe, coming from an eighteen-year-old, but I’d much rather spend my money on a game of bowling or a nice meal, or at least do something that will make a memory, rather than wasting it on a night I’m more than likely to forget.
It sounds completely ridiculous, but I have a genuine fear of being around drunk people. People have told me in the past “yeah, but if you’re drunk too then that fear would go away” but I just don’t see it that way. I hate how unpredictable some people can be; it actually terrifies me that you have no idea what they will say or do and that you can’t really do much to stop them either and therefore I wouldn’t want to put myself in a position where I’m with a lot of drunk people.
Going along the same lines, I’d never want to be drunk myself as I really wouldn’t know how I’d act and that also scares me. Ethan Dolan pretty much summed up how I feel in a video, when he said: “you can have fun without anything that makes you feel like you’re not yourself. I always want to be 100% me at all times.” I couldn’t agree with him more as I honestly hate the idea of not being me and not being able to control my actions. Again, I’d rather be being myself and making a memory, rather than doing something I’ll either forget or regret.
Thanks for reading,