Alcohol is an undeniable part of life. It is even more undeniable in college. But I choose not to drink. I always get the looks and questions as to why not.
I have no problem saying that I don’t drink. There are so many reason why I’ve made this decision. First off, I’m 18. It’s illegal. But that doesn’t stop other 18 year olds from buying and consuming alcohol. Not only do I not drink now, but I don’t plan on drinking even when I turn 21. Here are the reasons why…
- It makes you act out of character. I know you can drink responsibly but too many people my age drink just to get wasted. I would rather remember what happened the previous night rather than wake up, not knowing what went on.
- Alcohol dehydrates the body. When alcohol enters the body, it absorbs water. And water is vital for the body. So I don’t want to get rid of a good thing for just one “night of fun.” Caffeine also has the same effect but I rarely drink anything with caffeine. Green tea is very low in caffeine and if I were to ever drink coffee (after the lots of sugar and milk, of course), it would be decaf.
- Alcohol depletes electrolytes. Electrolytes help keep the body balanced. Mostly, they help with muscle and nerve function. I would much rather keep my muscles and nerves healthy, thank you very much.
- I don’t like the taste. I know I’m only 18 and I could grow into liking the taste, but as of right now, I think it’s gross. I don’t like the smell or the taste. I’ll stick to water.
I know there aren’t a lot of reasons but these are all important to me. I think it is possible to have fun without being drunk. So if I’m at a party, I would rather make fun of those being fools 😉