Now at 24 years old, I find myself being conscious of how much alcohol I consume. From the ages of 18 – 22 I spent a lot of time excessively drinking and feeling the pain of regret the following days at work or in lectures.
For the last year or so I have found myself watching how much I drink. I have a heavy focus on my career at the moment and I find once I’ve had a couple of drinks on a ‘school night’ I cannot perform at my best the following day. This has led to either not attending after work drinks with friends or avoiding nights out when I know I need to be on point the following day as friends will make me feel bad for not drinking or apply pressure for ‘just one’.
I do think that over time, people will warm to the idea of their sober friends and it will become socially acceptable but there is still a lot more work to do around the kinds of non-alcoholic drinks that are offered in clubs and bars.


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