I haven’t had a drink in … I don’t know. The last time I instagrammed a glass of wine was 8 weeks ago, so maybe 8 weeks?
Even from my non-skilled-in-rehabilitation place in the world, I can appreciate how empowering it must be for alcoholics to know when their last drink was. But when people who aren’t alcoholics count how long it has been since their last drink, it seems strange to me.
Is it just an equivalent of a diet fad? A way of saying “I’m on day 3 of [insert fad diet here]”. Is it offensive to those who have a real struggle with alcohol?
I don’t like drinking around people. There was a group of friends (friends of friends, really) once who were always “OMG DRINK” so I just used to tell them I didn’t drink alcohol. If I want to drink, I will, but not because you think it’s the only way to have fun. I’m a stubborn pain in the ass.
Some people, like the friends of friends above, have trouble accepting if you say no to a drink. Or, annoyingly, ask if you’re pregnant. How about just accepting a no? I’m not pregnant. I’m not on antibiotics. I’m an atheist, so it’s not against my region to drink. I just might not want to have a drink. That’s all.
Frankly, I use situations like that to filter out people who I don’t want to be friends with.
I recently read an article by an anthropologist who did a comparative study on alcohol in Australia. It fits in well with my own personal observations of alcohol in Australia and overseas. FYI: The entire research is linked to from that page. I haven’t had a chance to read all 99 pages though.
No one has told me I can’t drink at the moment. I am not drinking as a matter of personal choice and that I have been struggling health-wise for basically all of 2015 so far. It just sits well with me that I choose not to drink right now.
How do you view alcohol and society? Have you ever noticed different attitudes overseas towards alcohol?