I looked at him, blown away he had really spent the majority of our dinner trying to push alcohol on me.
"Try getting to know me," I challenged him, but I already knew we'd hit a stalemate: He was never going to respect my not drinking.
I'm 25 now, and have still never had alcohol (save one tiny sip of a mimosa that I found so gross). I don't drink because I've never had an interest—in the calories, in the price tag, in acquiring the taste, in "loosening up," in possibly getting drunk and losing control, in being hungover the day after. It's no deal breaker for me in relationships—save, like, alcoholic-levels of drinking, which is a deal breaker for most people.
I've dated on and off, and yes, the game is different when alcohol is not involved—and the way I play it is, too. I've always been against doing anything because everyone else is. If you enjoy alcohol, I genuinely think that is wonderful! The guys I like the most are the ones who hear this explanation and say, "That's really cool.
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