Not drinking, to some people, is like becoming a vegetarian. One day they chow down on a Big Mac, the next day it’s a mushroom “burger”. For me, that’s not the case. I’ve never had a sip of any sort of brew. Not only that, I’ve never really wanted to.
In Colorado, a state famous for beer, that makes me a 1%-er. While I know the reasons for such requests or more social, I’ve never been invited to “grab a beer” so much in my life. So, I figured I’d tell you why so you aren’t surprised when I don’t order something at the bar.
I’m a religious guy. Specifically, I’m a Mormon. One of my beliefs is to not drink alcohol. We all have beliefs that we live by. That’s one of mine.
I like being in control of my actions. It sounds simple, but I prefer knowing that what I do is a result of my choices. Alcohol is a drug that changes behavior. I avoid most everything with that sort of description.
Like I said, I’ve never even had a sip, but if beer tastes anything like it smells, count me out.
It’s crazy to me how much drinks cost. And this goes beyond the alcoholic variety. For the most part, I drink water and have never really felt the “pleasure” I get from drinking anything more than that is worth the price I paid.
There are certainly two camps here. One is the casual, social drinking. The other is the more weekend/party style where destroying your liver, not remembering what you did, and have a horrendous hangover is part of the “fun”.
With drinking, it’s always tempting to say “I just don’t get it,” which is true, but I also recognize that millions (billions probably) of people do, so there’s no reason or room for me to judge or jump to conclusions.
So, that’s the gist. I’m happy to “grab a beer” with you as long as you don’t get wierded out that the guy at the bar next to you isn’t actually drinking. Some people see self-imposed rules like this as fences keeping you away from fun. Instead, I see them as guardrails that keep me from doing things I simply don’t want to do.