This month’s topic is teetotalism and for those of you who aren’t sure what that is, it means I don’t drink alcohol. I want to point out that not drinking is a personal choice and I don’t have any problems with people who do.
I felt teetotalism was appropriate for this time of year as many people enjoy a drink around Christmas and New Year. As well as that, I have my 21st birthday coming up and I’m not one for having a party and getting off my face. I’m not a judgmental person and I don’t care if getting drunk is your idea of fun, just please don’t judge me when I say it’s not mine. One thing I have noticed is that people who drink are more conscious of people who don’t and I always thought it would be the other way round; people not drinking would be more conscious of those who do. I am proud to say I have never been pressured into drinking alcohol by those around me and they accept my decision not to drink.
So, I guess you’re wondering how I came to make such an important lifestyle decision? There are a few simple reasons but there was also one main influence: my dad. I don’t speak about my dad a lot because we don’t get on. He left when I was four years old because alcohol and gambling was more important than his family. My dad wouldn’t just have a beer or two with dinner or go out to the pub once in a while, he’d be drinking most of the night and most of the day at weekends; basically whenever he could. My brother and I would stay with him every second weekend and most of that time we’d be at the pub. Growing up with that and seeing what it does to a person is actually really scary. There were times he wouldn’t remember things you’d told him or know how old you were turning on your birthday. I have this fear that alcohol takes away your control and I wouldn’t like to feel I’m out of control, I’m quite obsessive like that. Another reason I don’t drink is the fact I don’t even know what alcohol tastes like* and it can be bloody expensive! I’d much rather put the money towards a new outfit or new lippy. My mum doesn’t drink and my brother rarely does so it’s not a big part of everyday life. I also suffer from migraine headaches and I’d be worried alcohol would aggravate them.
*I am partial to a shandy though (beer mixed with lemonade).
There are also some pretty neat benefits about not being a drinker:
- You’ll feel healthier.
- You’ll be richer – who doesn’t want more money?!?!
- You’ll sleep better (apparently).
- You’ll have total clarity, you won’t wake up foggy or hungover and be trying to remember what happened the night before.
Teetotalism is something I feel strongly about but it’s totally cool if you think everything I mentioned was complete and utter garbage! These are simply thoughts and observations I have surrounding the topic of alcohol. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
I hope you enjoyed the first post of this new series. The point of these posts is to introduce more personality and feeling into my blog. If you have any ideas you’d like to see turned into a Hey, It’s Okay… post, feel free to share them in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: All opinions are entirely my own and I don’t wish to try and influence anyone. I want you to enjoy these posts and get a snippet inside my head as to some of the “issues” I face and reasons for doing the things I do.