Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Why I'm A T-Total 21 Year Old Student

It always comes as a huge surprise whenever I tell people that I don't drink. Actually, "surprise" is probably the wrong word for most people's reaction and "horrified" seems more fitting! Drinking in today's society is seen as the norm so a lot of people can't imagine anyone not doing it, especially a 21 year old student like myself. Students are stereotypically renowned for heavy binge drinking so whether that's what we're into or not, it's kind of expected of you and is seen as part of student life. Now don't get me wrong, if I'm on holiday it's likely I'll have a cocktail or if I'm at something like a wedding I'd have a glass of wine etc. but the rest of the time I'm completely t-total and although I did used to be embarrassed about that, I'm now completely fine with it.

I have done my fair share of drinking in the past and have been drunk and drunk before but it's just not what I'm into any more. I think the most annoying thing about it is that people automatically judge me. They assume I'm boring or a prude or that I think I'm "too good" for drinking, none of which are the case. It's simply not what I like to do. I read a post by the lovely Liv Purvis a while back and she said that drinking is the only thing that you get questioned about when you don't do it. No one questions why you don't smoke or why you aren't interested in a certain activity but when it comes to alcohol people seem confused when you don't do it and she is exactly right. I don't judge anyone for drinking, so I really don't think anyone should be judged as being "boring" for not drinking. I used to be so embarrassed to tell people that I didn't drink and still get funny looks if I'm out somewhere and order a coke while everyone else is drinking vodka but it honestly doesn't bother me anymore and since talking to a lot of other people on Twitter who feel exactly the same as I do, I thought I'd just do a little post explaining a few of the reasons why I chose not to.

First of all, I'm such an early bird on a morning no matter what and if I don't do something productive with my day I feel terrible. For this reason, I can't stand waking up after a night of drinking feeling like absolute crap and not being able to remember parts of the night before. Seriously I can't think of anything worse! For some people, that's all part of the fun and they love that but it's just not for me. Secondly, the health benefits of not drinking are absolutely fantastic. I can't remember the last time I was actually drunk (I think it was well over two years ago!!) but I can tell you since I haven't drank my skin and overall health have been so much better. There's absolutely none of that awful bloated feeling that comes with alocohol and we all know how bad alcohol is for your skin, not only for premature aging but for spots and tired looking skin too. Thirdly, I'm way too stingy with my money to spend £10 on a single cocktail on a night out or £30 on a taxi. I'd much rather have a pair of new shoes or put it towards a trip away! Now those are just my priorities are I completely understand that some people are the opposite and would rather have a night out, it just all depends on what you like to do.

So I guess the point of this post was just to say that it's okay if you like to drink but it's also okay if you don't. No one should be judged on it either way. Everyone has different interests and we should all just accept that. I really hate the culture that we seem to have gotten into where it's not "normal" to not want to go out every weekend and if you'd rather stay in or do something else then you're "boring". You aren't. Do what you want to do, not what everyone else expects you to do. I think if we all did that and made an effort not to judge people for their choices the world would be a much nicer place!

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Amy x

p.s. Check these blogs out: Nicole Coltman, Holly Loves The Simple Things and Reviews At Random
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