Why are drinkers so determined to get non-drinkers drinking?
June 16, 2014 3:41 PM Subscribe
I occasionally have to work-related social events where there is huge pressure to drink alcohol. I am trying to understand where this pressure comes from.
posted by JoannaC to Human Relations (65 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I do not work in an entertainment-related industry and these are purely social events---staff Christmas party, start of summer barbecue at home of boss and so on. There is always alcohol, and I am always pressured to partake.
I have made is clear, on past occasions when I have been similarly pressured, that I simply do not enjoy the taste of it. I have no moral or religious issues regarding alcohol; I have no issues or problems or discomfort being around people who are partaking; I am quite happy to enjoy the party, with a non-alcoholic drink.
I am baffled by my colleague's continued attempts to try and bend my will on this. To me, this is on par with trying to pressure somebody to eat brussels sprouts or mushrooms or some other food item. I simply do not enjoy the taste of it. It is not fun for me to drink it. If their goal is to get me to relax and enjoy the party, I would actually do that better if I felt I could go and not have to face this assault of peer pressure on the alcohol thing.
I don't understand why this is such an issue. Why do they care so much if I drink or if I don't? Given that this is not a moral issue for me and is merely a taste preference, I don't see where the issue is coming from. Can anyone help me understand this phenomenon?