Teetotaler, noun: a person who abstains totally from intoxicating drink.
I am a teetotaler.
Not by choice, you understand. I like shots, I love wine, and I love beer even more. I like the taste, I like the effects. I think alcohol is the perfect way to make people open up at parties. I have no moral objections at all.
But alcohol – I am told – is a depressant, and being depressed already, I’m not supposed to drink. So I don’t.
For one thing, it’s weird being around people who drink. Alcohol feels like one of those privileges you earn by being an adult, and it’s been snatched away somehow. Everyone else here is grown up, so why am I still a child? I know it’s not like that, but that’s how it feels sometimes.
And it’s weird because – on the rare occasions when I have ignored my better judgment and drank – I actually do feel better. So there’s that.
I suppose it’s one of those things I just need to get used to. And I am used to it, mostly. It’s just…weird.
Have you ever abstained from alcohol? What was it like for you?