Do people think you're nuts for not drinking? I don't drink 90% of the time either (maybe I'll have a bit of sangria or one shot of Sambuca but I see it more like a dessert than something to do to be social) and until I was about 29 I had never had alcohol except a sip here and there that I spat out.
People always make fun of me and act like I'm crazy for not drinking. But I've never seen the point of it and still don't. "You've never even been DRUNK? You haven't lived!" they say. I can think of some choice responses but I usually just zip my lip.
Still... do people treat you differently when they find out you don't drink?
I notice that the older I get, the more people tend to think it's crazy that I don't drink and never have. Once they get over the whole "You've never had ONE SIP???" shock they usually shrug and nominate me as the designated driver, lol.
When I was younger and all my friends were drinking, no one ever thought it was a big deal that I didn't and I was NEVER pressured to try it. I think that for the most part, peer pressure is perceived rather than actual pressure. As in, everyone else is drinking, they'll think I'm a baby if I don't" rather than someone acutally pushing a non-drinker to drink. For the most part they always seemed to take a "more for me!" attitude when I told them I didn't drink.
The Marine once confided in me that when I go out to clubs the fact that I don't drink is a turn off for guys b/c they are out there looking for a girl they can get drunk and convince to go home with them. Yet another bonus, IMO... though I must say, I have had no shortage of guys bugging me while I'm sipping my cokes while I'm out either
ETA: Drinkers do tend to be overly pushy offering me non-alcoholic drinks though. It's as though they assume I am not having a drink b/c i think everything contains alcohol. Some friends of The Marine's (and now mine..) actually went out and bought little Crystl Light packets to keep at their house for me, even though I have probably only accepted a beverage form them TWICE ever. lol.
would you like a drink?
no, thank you
we don't just have beer. We have water too.
No, thank you.
We have coke in the fridge, would you like me to get you one?
No, I'm not thirty right now, but thank you.
Okay, well we also have apple juice, so let me know if you want anything.
(laughing) Thanks, I will.