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Something random I've noticed

I love the reactions - and assumptions - that come about when I tell people I don't drink alcohol.

People always either offer me drinks, or joke about drinking. When I mentioned that I was likely going to have to take some time this weekend to get measured for my tuxedo for Mike's wedding in May, the guy I was speaking to (a vendor we work with) asked me "is it an open bar?". I told him I don't drink, and he was almost flustered. "Wow! Really!? That's... wow, that's amazing!"

Is this really so surprising? Honestly? People are almost always disproportionately surprised that I decided on my own not to drink alcohol... which leads to step two of this, scepticism, when people ask me "did you have problems or something?". I like how they euphemise that; they're basically asking me "so, you go to AA?", and they're naturally shocked to learn that, well, no, I'm not a recovering alcoholic, but I just don't want to drink alcohol; I'd rather not end up in a situation where my wits are sacrificed.

I think it's a bit sad that, societally, I'm regarded as some sort of freak because I don't drink alcohol, as if I had a horsecock that had another, smaller cock of it's own.


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Mar. 29th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
...Bus doesn't drink either? :3 *is always relieved to find other people in her age bracket who don't drink*
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
December 24, 2005. Christmas Party at Dad's. That's the last time I've drank alcohol, and it's very likely going to be the last time for me forever.
Mar. 29th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Wow...did something happen at that party?! *shot*
Mar. 29th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Not really. Unless you consider me mistaking straight rum for apple juice. Ouch.
Mar. 30th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Reminds me of the time I mistook Coke and beer for plain Coke (it was even in a Coke bottle!). :X
Mar. 29th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I got weird looks over it and I have a MEDICAL REASON. (Not that I was ever a big drinker, but still)
Mar. 29th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
It's probably more societally acceptable for women to be non-drinkers than men, unfortunately. -_-; I've never had anyone react with any surprise when I tell 'em I don't drink. I just get offered pop or whatever instead.
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
I don't know about there, but here people just expect others to be drinkers since the majority of people are. Not necessarily drunkards, just drinkers. It's pretty surprising to find people who don't drink any kind of alcohol here, but at the same time it doesn't bother me - it's just unusual for someone to not drink, especially in this day and age.
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
No one's given me any real shit about it; it's not like there's peer pressure, as if we were teenagers, with people saying "c'mon pussy, have one beer, fag". I just love the reactions. "Wow! Really!? You don't drink at all!? Woah, I thought your kind was extinct!". For me to not be a recovering alcoholic is even more surprising.

Next guy that does this to me, I want to take pictures of him when he's shitfaced, show them to him, and then go "this is why I don't drink". Because that's one of the main reasons: I rely on my wits and intelligence, and alcohol destroys both.

(That, and my entire mother's side of the family is LOADED with alcoholics, including my uncle. So no, that's not something I need)
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
You know the only place I've ever seen people drink is on TV. :P
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Mar. 29th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I think you said that to me before correct?

I'm pretty sure someone did.
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
Drinking's overrated, really. I've had all of two in my life and they tasted like shit. It is kind of sad that that was the reaction you got, though. I mean, seriously... is it really so strange that people can decide not to drink?

Oh, society, how you've dumbfounded us yet again. ¬_¬
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