Personally, I do not consume alcohol. My family, on both sides, have trouble with alcoholism, and since it is hereditary, my chances of becoming an alcoholic as well are very high, so I choose not to drink. There are other people out there who also don’t drink and choose to be above the influence, you guys are awesome!
I just want to shed some light on what it is like to be a non-alcoholic drinker:
1) We get harassed by people who choose to drink alcohol.
I have been verbally harassed by people before by being open about not drinking alcohol. Usually these are people who think I am judging them because they drink and I don’t. I can speak for most non-alcoholic consumers and say: WE DO NOT JUDGE PEOPLE WHO DRINK! We just choose not to participate.
2) We are your rides when you want to go home from a party
Have you ever gone to a party and had no way home? Well, I hope that taxi wasn’t too expensive. Do you know how you can lower the cost? Get a Designated Driver (DD), like someone who does not drink alcohol! We, the sober ones, are so willing to get you home safe, because we care about your safety, give us a call if you need a ride (some gas money would be nice in return).
3) Just because we don’t drink doesn’t mean that we don’t like to attend parties
Sure, I would love to be the DD for the rest of my life, but sometimes I would like to attend the parties myself. If you have friends that don’t drink, please still invite them out, plus, sober people are fun and can be your ride home!
Now, for those of you non-alcoholic party goers, if you need a trick to look cool and have a different experience at the clubs/bars , try pseudodrunk. Weird word, huh? That’s probably because I made it up, although Urban Dictionary says it is a real word. Lets break down what this word could mean:
Pseudo – false
Drunk – someone under the influence of alcohol
Now, lets put the words together:
Pseudodrunk – someone who pretends to be under the influence of alcohol
I’ll give you the easy tip to being a pseudodrunk that worked for me. Go up to the bar and ask for a coke. That’s it! If anyone asks you what you are drinking just say “coke and rum.” You wont have people giving you weird stares or having your friends bug you about not joining the crowd and drinking. For an added bonus, if you try to act drunk, everyone will believe that you are actually drunk. Think of it as a social experiment and try to see if people actually believe you are drunk.
Disclaimer: I am not saying that you need to do this to have a good time when you go out with your friends, but it is an option if you want to just blend in with the crowd.