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A-intoxicant? A-alcohol? A-drinking?

We need a word similar to “asexual” to mean “not interested in alcohol.” Every time I say “just water for me, thanks” while others are ordering alcoholic drinks, I feel the need to explain. I feel like people either think I’m avoiding alcohol because I have an addiction to or similar problem with it (I don’t), or because I’m morally opposed to it and am thus quietly judging them (I’m not). It’s just that alcohol does not do anything fun for me, the way it CLEARLY does for most people. All it does is make me tired, and a bit ill. Not any particular fun at all. So I’ll occasionally sip a drink just for the nice taste of it (assuming it’s the sort that actually tastes nice), but I don’t *drink* drink. Just not that into it.

So, yeah, it’d be nice to have a single word to describe that, so I could say, “I’m a-intoxicant” (or whatever) in explanation instead of having to give the entire above paragraph every time.


Oct. 12th, 2017 09:21 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem - and there also some social stigmata in some group to not drinking alcohol when everyone else is. I'm male, I wonder if it differs.

I used to use the word teetotaler, but that got into the perceived judg-y category you mentioned. A social dodge I've used in the past: "I'm not much of a beer|wine|whatever drinker" which implies that "I am an alcohol consumer just like you, but this just isn't my drink" which seems socially acceptable. Too bad it's not truthful as well.

Now that I'm older, I have less f...cares to give about it. I just order my water and drink confidently, and that seems to be acceptable. Not sure if it's water vs. a more "childish" drink, but not feeling self conscious about it maybe helps not call attention to it in the first place.
Oct. 14th, 2017 04:33 pm (UTC)
Agreed--I actually don't care as much as I get older, plus people don't seem to push it on me as much. I think when we're younger we get the badger-y friends more. ("Oh, but try THIS drink!") Luckily we all grow up and get past that. :D No need for excuses at all in most cases, probably.