What I’m gonna say may trigger people and that’s ok – I’ve decided to normalise being sober in this house.
I’m not doing it because I’m a “party pooper” or because I “don’t know how to have fun”, but because I’ve experienced first hand the detrimental effects alcohol can have.
I have been sober for 7 months now and can tell you it’s been quite a journey.
You can watch my video about it here:
I don’t want people to stop drinking, heck I don’t even know if I’ll stop drinking forever. But the amount of pressure in society to drink alcohol is disgusting.
If you ever utter the words “I’m not drinking tonight” people will come for you.
“Why aren’t you drinking?” … “just have one drink, it can’t hurt” … “you’re not gonna enjoy your night if you don’t drink” …
The pressure is immense, and as someone who has taken a step back from drinking, that kind of pressure is scary.
It’s scary because of how ingrained into our society alcohol is.
If you don’t drink alcohol, there must be something wrong with you.
I hate to say it but that kind of rhetoric is actually a reflection on the other person. Because if you’re triggered by someone not drinking, it’s probably time to reflect on your own habits.
Oof there I said it.
Anyway, I needed to get that off my chest.
You can do whatever the fuck you want in your life, but I refuse to let my kids grow up thinking alcohol is the be-all-and-end-all and that something is wrong with you if you don’t drink.
I’ll educate them, and if they choose to drink then that’s on them. They can make that decision with the knowledge they have.
I do, however, refuse to let them grow up thinking drinking alcohol is the best thing ever. Because it’s not.
Poisoning yourself is not good. And yes, alcohol is a poison.