Saturday, 25 August 2012

"So you don't drink..ever?"

..this is a question I get a lot. No I don't drink, apart from maybe the one white wine spritzer at Christmas or a glass of champagne to celebrate, but even those are usually just given to me. It's not really a thing, I just don't drink. I've never really understood the fascination with drinking, it has never appealed to me.

I remember when I was about 14 at a friends birthday party, one girl had stolen a bottle of wine from her parents and we all had a glass. At 14 that was like the coolest thing to do ever, even though I've never really cared what people thought about me too much or whether I was cool, I drank a glass. It was honestly one of the worst experiences ever, it was at that moment that I knew I was a lightweight. I could hardly see anything, I couldn't walk and I crawled under the bed and cried about something unrelated that had happened even though it wasn't a big deal at all. I couldn't understand how that was appealing and why anyone would want to do that every friday night. My sister is older than me so when she turned 18 I was still quite young, I remember her coming home and throwing up everywhere, I was asleep in bed with a pillow over my head while my mum had to sleep in her bed with her. Luckily my sisters drinking days are over due to the fact Phoebe was born. Yay Phoebe! ;)

Sparkles!

There are so many other reasons I don't drink, I don't like being out of control, I don't like the thought anyone could do anything to me and I wouldn't know. I have seen many people gain a lot of weight since they went away to university, the partying lifestyle soon catches up with you ;)

I try not to bring up the fact I don't drink as I always get the same response.

"So you don't drink..ever?"
or
"Come out drinking with me I'll get you drunk"

I don't understand why people have such a problem with it? If I said I was vegetarian would people judge me as much? It's almost like, as a teenager there is a law that states "all teenagers must get so drunk they vomit up a weeks worth of food and end up sleeping in a bath tub" I just don't understand why. It's my right to choose what I do, what I put in my body. If I don't want to drink, I won't. I've never been one to be pressured into anything, it's always been in my personality to know what I do want to do and what I don't want to do. I think I'm lucky as so many teenagers do things they don't want to do purely because someone tells them to.


In my opinion, if someone if trying to force you to do something that you don't want to do, don't do it. If they get mad, they are clearly not a real friend and not worth your time.

I do apologise for the fact most of my "personal posts" just consist of me, blabbering on about something completely irrelevant!

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  1. Great post! I've currently got two bottles of champagne-esque stuff in my room which will most likely never be drunk - I only drink cider and beer! I agree with the whole pressure to drink thing, I was on a sixth form trip 2 years ago and got fed up of people taking the mick out of me so I had a drinking contest and won, which still led to ridicule! Gah x

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    1. Thank you! The pressure is insane! People kind of gave up with me as I was too stubborn! I would never want to make someone do anything they didn't want to :) xx

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  2. So much respect for you after reading this. People our age get such a bad rep. As a teen I went off the rails and had my wobbly moment with drink and now I'm older and wiser. Every now and again on special occasions I'll drink but not to get drunk. Growing up in Blackpool I saw how alcohol ruins so many lives and it's just not worth it! You should be so proud of yourself for not acting under peer pressure :)!

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    1. Thank you! We do get SUCH a bad rep and it's stupid because I've met so many people through twitter/blogging who clearly aren't like the representations in the media! It really can ruin lives! xx

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  3. It is so refreshing to hear from someone who feels the same as me!! I also don't drink! Pretty much for the same reasons as you I don't like the thought of not being in control and mainly it just doesn't appeal to me! Id much rather spend my money on something worth while. Throughout the years I have found that sometime friends leave me out as I don't drink but i have gotten over it. I wish there was more people like us as I am always the odd one out for not drinking. xxx Thank you for posting on such a personal issue I thought I was the only one!! :) xxx

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    1. I know what you mean! I had never met people who agreed with me until I started blogging, it's nice to know I'm not the only one! Yes exactly, I would rather buy a new handbag or some nice clothes than spend money on alcohol! xx

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  4. I couldn't agree more, where i live we have a real binge drinking problem and its just so unattractive - i really don't get it. collapsed on the side of the road with your dress ripped, make up smudged all over your face and vomiting in to the gutter does not make you cool at all.
    Anna

    http://opshopaholic.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. That is one of the reasons I don't drink! I'm very self conscious and so can think of nothing worse than having your dress pulled up, legs open and makeup all down my face! xx

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  5. Oh my god I literally could have written this post myself! Right down to the fact my sister is a crazy partier herself (despite being younger than me and only 17) I hate drinking, I like a glass now and then two at the most but any more than that I can't stand. I get panicky and feel sick and I also find drunk people really annoying haha! It's so nice to not feel alone, thanks for this awesome post.

    Sarah
    http://lifeasalittlewallflower.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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    1. Yes I totally agree! I get very panicky, I sometimes get panic attacks anyway but if I were drunk I think they would be ten times worse! xx

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  6. I'm exactly the same love! People who think it is amazing to go out just in hope of getting drunk are really silly in my opinion. It's such a shame that in our culture that binge drinking has become acceptable. I used to drink when I was young, but since I turned 18 I just haven't ever had the urge to drink. My family and friends understand it but others seem to think it's 'weird' and question me as if I'm some sort of alien being. I like you, am a lightweight and don't like the feeling of being drunk whatsoever, actually I despise it. I really respect the fact you posted this :) xoxo

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    1. I always hear people say "uggh I NEED to get drunk" I never understood it! You NEED to? Huh? I've always been seen as weird whenever I mention I don't drink, I've never thought it was that weird but the reaction I get is almost as if I have told them I kill puppies or something! Haha! xx

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  7. I'm the same too! It's not that I go purposely out of my way not to drink, it's just something that doesn't appeal to me in the same way it seems to with everyone else, I don't understand it!! And people make such a big deal out of it, saying "you never drink," "you don't drink" it's not that I DON'T drink, I just don't choose to drink as regularly as most people because I don't like it that much! Ah this is something that really gets to me! Really good post :)
    Eleanor x

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    1. People treat it like it's a problem! I don't understand why is effects them! Thank you!! :) xx

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  8. Such an interesting post! I do drink but I'm not one of those people who forces someone to drink if they don't like to. I don't see the big deal, if you're able to have a good time without it then that's fantastic. There's nothing worse than seeing your friends falling over and getting themselves into a state because it completely ruins your night! xo

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    1. Exactly! And people assume that because I don't drink, I have a problem with people who do! I agree there's really no point forcing someone to do something they don't want to do because they won't be happy and have a good time! xx

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  9. I'm exactly the same. I've never been drinking as I don't like the taste of most alcoholic drinks and the things that can happen after. Sadly, the society doesn't really get it and here we are, being judged and pushed away for no good reason. This still puzzles me...

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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    1. I don't like the taste of alcohol, it's like nail polish remover haha! Yes it's just sad that people can't accept it.. :( xx

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  10. Great post - I didn't drink until my final year of university and even then the most I will drink is two glasses. It's nice to see that I'm not the only person!
    x

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    1. Thank you! It's so nice for me as well to see so many other people the same! :) xx

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  11. I hate when people ask me this question.. I do drink, but not alot. I'll be out with friends and they'll be on their 4th drink while im still sipping my first just because they want to get drunk, which is fine because it's their choice. What isn't fine is when people start asking whats wrong and why arent you drinking just because i can enjoy myself without being completely off my face! x

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    1. Totally! Some people think it's just necessary to drink and that everyone SHOULD! I think it's actually quite sad that some people cannot have a good time without being completely smashed! xx

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  12. I'm the same. I only drink on special occasions like Christmas or New Years. Also, my skin always looks shitty the day after a big night out.

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    1. Yeah, I generally do drink on Christmas, but it's normally just a white wine spritzer! :) xx

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  13. Yes! So good to hear someone say this. I'm like you (though I have started having the odd drink here and there recently) but I've never been on a night out and I don't see the obsession with going out every friday and spending very penny you have to just throw it all back up a few hours later. No thankyou! I think my reason is I have quite a phobia of vomit so.. yeah, not something I want to partake in. So I unbelievably dread freshers at Uni! This is such a good post xo

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    1. I totally agree, I don't really see the point of drinking sooo much and spending so much money, I would prefer to buy some makeup or a handbag! ;) Thank you! :) xx

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  14. I go on nights out but not that often, for me it's more about getting dressed up. I do drink when I go out but never get too badly drunk I don't know what I'm doing! also I don't even like that much to drink I normally just stick to sourz and lemonade! pretty boring compared to what my friends drink but I'm not going to force something down me I don't like... really good post enjoyed reading! :)

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    1. When I go out, it is definitely more about getting dressed up and having a good time too! I would also much rather actually remember what happened the night before! ;) Thank you! :) xx

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  15. I can't thank you enough for posting this, it's started so many arguments with my boyfriend and friends because I don't drink and they do. Is it really that big a deal that we don't drink? People don't make a scene if someone doesn't use drugs! I do feel like I'm missing out though, it's a strange feeling when Saturday morning comes along and everyone's posted the photos of last night on Facebook and I'm just sat at home watching rubbish TV! Ah well, better than risking my health drinking as heavily as everyone does these days! Ali xx

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    1. I have had problems with friends as well, they just don't seem to understand! To be honest I think I would prefer to be at home watching tv hahah! xx

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  16. I don't drink really either. I have the odd glass of baileys, but I don't go out drinking. Never really appealed to me, I mean I have gone out drinking, but for the past year I haven't. I never went out every weekend. Its expensive, and you end up being a liability and its pointless. My boyfriend liked to drink, not so much anymore but his dad drinks all the time and it disgusts me. I agree though, I'd rather be at home and watch TV and save money on things I like.

    Daily-hoot.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  17. This is such a lovely and honest post, Georgina! I'm not really a drinker either - I can't justify feeling that crap the next day just to "fit in" I can have just as good a time sober, and find clubbing quite boring most of the time. Bing at University there is so much pressure to drink too! I love your lifestyle posts xxx

    robsarellax.blogspot.com

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  18. I completely agree with this post, I don't drink either because I don't like the taste & I get terrible headaches after one drink! I'm kind of dreading going to uni next year & being the 'boring' one but at least I'll save some money & won't put on weight! :) x

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  19. Best post I have ever seen, I'm fifteen but I never want to drink after seeing what it's done to my friends and they can't seem to respect that! 100% agree with you, glad I'm not the only one :-) x

    maddiestevens.blogspot.co.uk

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