Not at my highschool prom, even less during my college years, and not even on an evening out with friends or at family reunions… I simply don’t drink alcohol.

Like most people, you might ask me the age old question (with an incredulous look on your face): WHY? To be perfectly candid, it gets pretty tiresome answering that question at every social event. I’m not ashamed of my decision, quite the opposite in fact, but why should I have to explain myself? Why does it matter in the first place and why should I have to justify myself? Does anyone get asked why they’re drinking a beer in the evening? So, why am I questioned for not drinking? And then there’s the “but how will you manage to put up with everyone all evening long” question. Being aware of everything that can happen during the course of an evening can sometimes be tiring but that’s not enough to make me change my mind.

bièreSource : Pixabay

Some will say “you don’t know what you’re missing” but frankly, how can I miss something that simply isn’t part of my life? The choice I made was for me and me alone. I made it because I don’t feel the need to consume alcohol to relax or have fun (my friends can attest to the fact that Pascale 2.0 can kick it into high gear without drinking).

“What, you don’t drink alcohol?” Let’s take a moment to consider some of the possibly less than obvious benefits of a life without alcohol. Have you thought of all the money I’ve saved or simply spent differently over the years? While some people might be dealing with a hangover, I’m in top shape and ready to get an early start on my day. And then there are all of the memories I’ve made and the conversations I’ve been able to maintain over the course of an evening because I never lost my train of thought. And let’s not forget all of the times I’ve burst into spontaneous laughter upon seeing one of my slightly tipsy friends do something that’ll make her blush the next day (No judgement here! You know I love ya!)

bouteilles alcoolSource : Pixabay

I definitely don’t judge people who drink alcohol. I’m the only person, among all of my friends and family, who doesn’t drink; however, I respect their choice. Put it this way, I wouldn’t judge someone for drinking coffee, so why judge them for drinking alcohol? If you’re old enough to drink, you’re old enough to drink responsibly. In the end, the decision is yours to make, just as it is mine to forego alcohol.

So… I’ll be the one sipping a glass of water at the dinner table; playing “beerpong” with fruit juice; struggling to stay awake ‘til the wee hours of the morning; and enjoying a slightly different bachelorette party. So what! What does it matter in the end.

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