I apologize to everyone who submitted great article suggestions last night. There were some really great ones and I do hope to use some of them in the future.

However, I don’t have a lot of time to write this post because for some reason WordPress hates me. I can’t access the visual editor so I’m stuck with writing this whole post in HTML. Sorry for the lack of obnoxious text coloring I usually do.

I’ve done a lot of personal finance posts in the last two or three weeks, so I wanted to do a personal one today. Luckily I got a great question from Jeff: Why don’t I drink?

Why I Don’t Drink

In case you didn’t know, I do not drink alcohol. I never have.

There was one time when I promised Tag I would try to get drunk with her and her friends. She claims I was drunk; I don’t think I was. But that really doesn’t matter. Either I’ve never been drunk or I was drunk once when I was 24 years old; the bottom line is I don’t drink currently and have essentially never done it.

To best explain why I don’t drink, we have to go back in time.

Why I Didn’t Drink In High School

Most of the kids I grew up with started drinking sometime in high school. Alcohol was definitely available to me at the time, but I never even tried it for two reasons. First, I was fiercely independent and absolutely refused to give into peer pressure. Second, I was convinced my athletic performance would suffer from drinking alcohol.

While both reasons played a big part, the desire to avoid peer pressure was definitely the main reason. Some kids wear ridiculous clothes to “be different” despite the fact that all 15 of their friends wear the exact same stuff.

If you have a strong desire to be “different”, choosing not to drink is the way to go. It becomes something interesting. I can’t tell you how many times people were intrigued by why I didn’t drink. Notice how nobody is asking other bloggers to talk about “why do you drink?” Everyone drinks. Except me.

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Why I Didn’t Drink in College

During college, I stopped caring so much about peer pressure and started understanding just how stupid people act when they are completely trashed. I’m talking about college kids who would get so drunk they black out and don’t remember what happened the next day. I’ll admit that some drunk stories are funny, but most are just sad or downright shameful.

Getting absolutely wasted was never anything I wanted to do, and I usually ended up driving my friends home on the weekends. I went to parties, I talked to girls, I hung out at bars and tailgates. I just never wanted to be trashed and everyone else did, so I let my friends drink and I drove.

Why I Don’t Drink Now

I was fiercely independent in high school and I was honestly embarrassed for a lot of the drinking I saw in college. So what’s stopping me from having a few drinks responsibly every now and then as a mature adult?

Well first of all alcohol tastes like crap.

But more importantly, I have a darn good time without alcohol. I don’t need alcohol to get up and dance at a wedding; I dance because it’s fun. I don’t need alcohol to “take the edge off” a bad day; I can talk with my girlfriend or work out or write to make myself feel better. I don’t need alcohol to get loud and obnoxious at a sporting event; I’m already loud an obnoxious at sporting events.

Call me crazy, but I have a pretty sweet life with some pretty incredible people in it. Why would I want to change my state of mind when I couldn’t be happier with the state of mind I’m currently in?

Readers: Why do you or don’t you drink?