Social drinking is a pretty normal part of American culture, so whenever we meet someone who doesn’t drink, it may seem a little strange at first. We instantly become curious about their lives, their choices, and their ultimate decision to pass on beer, wine, cocktails, and all the other alcoholic beverages we regularly enjoy. We want to find out everything there is to know about them, and without thinking, we start to say and ask things that are invasive, offensive, and potentially harmful.
The truth is, there are a variety of reasons people abstain from drinking. In the end, it’s a deeply personal decision that every person has the right to make on their own. So why is that we tend to react so inappropriately to people who say they don’t drink? Let’s all put a stop to that.