Bravo at resisting this toxic conformity.

I tried drinking at 17, didn't like it, never drank again. That was just short of 50 years ago. I barely felt anything, it tasted like gasoline, and my friends were acting like morons.

Never militant, I didn't have any alcoholic friends (that I knew of; I learned at office Xmas parties that I was working with quite a few of them). But a few yers ago a guy I've known fifteen years came out to visit. I was stunned at how fat he'd gotten in the decade since we had last met.

That night he bought a case of beer (that's a case, 24 [9oz] cans and drank it all in one night. Same thing every night, even if he had just come back from an evening of drinking. The changes to his personality were alarming, he was a nasty drinker and he barely got drunk at all.

Later, having some idea what to look for, I realized that several of my coworkers here were late-stage alcoholics.

I no longer feel indifferent about alcohol. I think it damages a lot of lives and not all of them realize how harmful their drinking is.

I've screwed up my own life in many ways, but staying in shape and staying away from alcohol are two things I feel I did right.

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American Software Developer living in Vietnam. Classical musician (guitar, woodwinds), weightlifter, multilingual, misanthrope • XY

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