No thanks, I don't drink. Um, what's wrong with that?
April 21, 2010 1:53 PM Subscribe
Why are some people ashamed to say "I don't drink"?
posted by patheral to Society & Culture (80 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I don't drink alcohol. It doesn't play well with my crazy meds. I say it all the time. I used to drink. I used to drink a lot, but I haven't had a drink in coming on six years. No biggie... I don't drink.
I still go to parties - I have Diet Coke, or coffee, or water, or sumthin'. And bars have no problem serving soda, juice, or water, they make money either way.
If someone asks me why I don't drink, I tell them. I don't understand why some people (friends of mine) refuse to say they don't drink. They pretend the soda has alcohol in it, or they'll order virgin drinks at bars so they'll *look* like they're drinking. I asked them, and they say they're too embarrassed but they couldn't explain why. It's a mystery.
Am I missing something? Is there a social stigma attached to being a non-drinker? I'm a little dense about these things - everyone around me knows I have bipolar too because I don't care what they think. So, someone help me understand.