Sadly for me, NOT drinking is not normal. In fact I'll go as far as calling it socially unaccepted. There are more people who don't drink milk, than people who don't drink alcohol. And I cannot help but wonder why.
A lot of people ask me why I don't drink. Some ask me if it's because of religion, and others get very offended or passive aggressive. Now let me tell you something. I do not judge you for drinking, nor do I think I'm better than anyone because I don't drink. I'm not judgmental at all. And just as I accept you for drinking, I expect you to accept my decision not to drink. That is not too much to ask for!
Now my decision has nothing to do with religion (I am an atheist). Actually, it has nothing to do with my anxiety disorder either, nor my chronicle migraine. I know a lot of you think that's why I don't drink. It is a lot more accepted to stay clear of alcohol because you have a disease. We live in a world where being an alcoholic is more accepted than being a teetotal.
So when you guys ask me why I don't drink, I don't always know what to say. But the truth is, I don't drink because I don't want to. I don't want to be dizzy, I don't want to have a migraine the next day, I don't want to vomit because I drank too much, I don't want an increased pulse and so on. That is just not something I want to feel. I want to be in total control of my body, and I don't want any unnecessary distress. That's all. If I wanted to drink, I could. But it is just a decision I've made, this is what's right for me. And I have to do what's right for me, no matter how much society pressures me.
It is OK to offer me a drink once. I get that it's polite. But when I say no, please don't ask me if I'm sure or try to convince me that it's really really good. Because I am completely sure. This is who I am.