Why I’m sick of people asking me why I don’t drink alcohol
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That’s right ladies and gentlemen: I am, in fact, a student that doesn’t drink. Pretty weird, huh? It’s difficult to know where to begin when starting this article. Normally I’m writing up some kind of review or interview and I have something spectacular – like a band’s new album or an upcoming tour – to go on. But here, I’m explaining something that is, for me, a simple fact about my day-to-day life. It seems to be other people that find the fact I’m teetotal extraordinary. And of course when I say “other people”, I am talking about a small and very shallow minority. The vast majority of my friends are totally accepting of my choice to abstain from alcohol and I love them all the more for it. But still, whenever I go out and I end up buying a pint of Coke instead of a lager or refuse a Jägerbomb (which is, by the way, the stupidest invention on the planet), I always end up being asked the inevitable question: “Why don’t you drink?” And this question endlessly annoys me – not only because it’s something I hear night in, night out – but because the people that ask seem to assume that I need to explain myself to them. I wouldn’t go up to someone holding a Guinness at the bar and ask “Why are you drinking alcohol tonight?” The reason I don’t drink is the same reason as to why you do drink: because it’s a choice that makes me happy. Maybe it doesn’t make me happy in the moment itself, but at the same time I know that the idea of putting what is basically poison into my system is not something that appeals to me. My liver is worth more to me than a fun night out which will – most likely – end in a hangover anyway.
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