If you read about me, then you know I quit drinking on the 1st January 2009. It was just a New Year´s resolution for the year 2009 but during that year I realized I don´t need alcohol any more. I have not tasted alcohol ever since. Not even as a part of any cake, sweets or anything else.
There are many reasons. Apart from some family and personal reasons which I don’t usually speak about, there are still many more.
1) I never liked beer, nor wine and I only used to drink cocktails, such as Sex on the beach or something sweet like Malibu (yes, I love coconut!) And you usually drink cocktails only when you go out at night, right? Recently, I work on my blogs at night or only go out with people I really like and to have fun with them, I don’t need to drink.
2) My dad has a pub in my home town Snina, Slovakia. I want him to earn money and not to spend his money on all the free alcohol he would have to give me if I drank alcohol when I am there.
3) No matter how much I used to drink, I could never get drunk. I am serious. I only laughed more. And I already laugh way too much sometimes. So what’s the point of drinking then?
4) I could eat chocolate and ice cream 24/7 so at least I try to do a lot of other healthy stuff. Not drinking alcohol is one of them.
5) Not paying for alcohol, I save a lot of money that I can use on my trips. Woo hoo! I remember when I still used to live in Scotland and I was doing city breaks every week. The others were wasting time and money on drinks and they sometimes spent more than me those days traveling. True story!
6) Each time I wake up next to a guy, he can be sure I will know his name 100% and that I am there because I want to be and not because I couldn’t see him properly due to too much alcohol in my blood the previous night.
7) I don’t have to spend time asking friends ”What happened last night?” (because let’s be honest, it does happen regularly to many) and then stay in shock. “WTF! What did you say? With who? What did I do with him???” … But then, sorry guys, if your performance was bad, I will remember it. Unfortunately … unfortunately for you, fortunately for me… so next time I know it will be ”NEXT”.
No alcohol for me does not mean I cannot visit wine cellars and learn how they produce wine, it is still interesting to me.
good (and some interesting) reasons Alex! there are also a few rare cases when beer tasted really good in my case; that’s why I don’t really drink nowadays. Number one reason for me is that it’s opposite to my goal of staying fit and healthy.
same here with ice cream – can’t seem to say no. haha
Lovely post. I already took 1 year of not drinking alcohol. It was superb but I recognise I was really needing to loosen up a bit with something more than yoga, exercise and healthy stuff. So now I only drink fine wine, and just 1 or 2 glasses each time. I learned to do wine tasting so I’m looking for something more than just getting drunk. E.g educating my palate, etc. Is nice, fun, and even heatlhy!
Cheers for this posts (I rise my glass of wine!)
@ Flavio desde Lisboa 😉:
Flavio, cool to see you drink only for health 🙂 I don’t have anything against wine in normal amount, but I just don’t like the taste.
Haha Ed, we both can’t resist ice cream that does not fit our healthy lifestyle, right? At least (almost) no alcohol does 🙂
Good for you Alex, there is absolutely nothing wrong with not drinking. And I totally agree with you on how much money you can save by not drinking, as well as not smoking. When I lived in Scotland, I didn’t really go out drinking nearly as much as many of the other backpackers, and you can still have a great time without getting drunk!!
right, Gary S Pond, I am happy some people agree with me because already so many look at me as if I was the biggest weirdo 😀
Good for you Alex.
Whilst I enjoy alcohol it is mainly a social thing for me. I can go months without a drink or have maybe three nights in a week with a drink.
Your reasons for not drinking are varied. However I was a little confused how you mention in 3) that you never can get drunk, yet in 6) and 7) you talk of some of the embarrassing traits of being drunk.
Either way, good luck to you and keep up this great site.
@ The Guy:
I shpould have clarified that the poinst 6 and 7 are of my friends’ experience, NEVER happened to me, I was really NEVER drunk in my life.
You’re not alone. I’ve never had a drink and people think I’m weird too. Maybe we need a support group…or a bumper sticker. Smiles.
haha so cute, Latoya Brown 🙂 I am really happy there are still some who do not need to drink 🙂