If you’ve decided to stop drinking (for whatever reason that may be, and #gurl, whatever that reason might be, I respect it), and you’re nursing a non-alcoholic drink (or a top-notch non-alcoholic GnT like our favourite TeeTotal GnT) at a party, you’ve probably come across some people who love to ask the question “So, why don’t you drink? To which the response in my mind is – “Oh, I thought you would never ask, how I’ve been waiting for this question to arise within the first 15 minutes of meeting you so I can share with you what could be a significantly personal story in my life” When I’ve been asked that question it feels like such a personal question to be asked (because it is). It feels uber exposing and completely puts a halt in the natural flow of the conversation as it diverts from small talk to what could be a potentially deeply emotional conversation. You never owe someone an excuse for why you’ve decided to not drink. Don’t forgot that. Nevertheless, if you don’t drink, or are on the path to not drinking, you’ve probably used one of the below lines as answering the “So why don’t you drink?” inevitable question that gets asked at parties or social functions.
1. Oh, I’m watching my weight. Alcohol isn’t approved on the diet I am on so no alcohol for me. Dangggggg.
2. I’m planning on going for an early run tomorrow and being hung-over probably isn’t best for that.
3. Just don’t like drinking. ‘Nuff said.
4. I’m designated driver tonight. Yeah bummer I can’t drink tonight, oh well.
5. I’m doing Dry July. Raising money for cancer because I am a LEGEND. Hbu?
6. Allergic. Yeah, deathly allergic to wine, spirits, ciders, beers. Mostly anything alcohol based that is a drink.
7. I’ve got to study tomorrow. I’m reading War and Peace for a university assignment. Oh what’s that – I graduated 5 years ago. Sorry can’t hear you anymore, byeeeeee.
As I stopped drinking a couple of years ago, I’ve gotten more comfortable saying answering this question so the ideal response I’ve personally found is below. It is one that comes from confidence and assertiveness.
8. Drinking alcohol isn’t aligned to the way I want to live my life anymore, I’m much more happier, content and healthier without it, maybe in the future things will change but for now it doesn’t play a role in my life. Also non-alcoholic beers are the best. The end.