I don’t face judgement or peer pressure – people my age are willing to accept everyone’s individuality and right to their own choices
Anyone who knows me wouldn’t be surprised when I say that I don’t fancy drinking on a night out, and it’s not uncommon for me to nominate myself as the designated driver. But, as a 21-year-old who’s fresh out of uni, surely this doesn’t sounds normal?
I’ve been questioned more times than I can count, and of course I get my fair share of stick for my love of being sober. But I don’t care anymore. I’m not afraid to admit it that I just don’t like getting drunk that much. I like a night out as much as the next person, but honestly most of my best nights out are when I’ve been completely sober. I often find that I have a much better time because I actually feel in control of my actions. Not to mention I wake up feeling fresh and hangover free the next day, which is always a bonus.
However, when it was announced today that drinking among young people has fallen greatly I was quite surprised. I find myself putting up with so much hassle due to the fact that I prefer a sober night out. I just thought that there was nobody out there in the same boat as me. But apparently there is – there just must not be as much of an appeal around getting blind drunk as there used to be.
This makes sense – not only are sober nights out more enjoyable, I feel a lot more alert the next day. When I was a student this was a huge benefit as I could live the best of both worlds – out on the night, yet still able to work hard in the library the next day.