People Can Be Annoying About It

I find myself working in food service to make ends meet. Right now one of my jobs is at a hip bar/restaurant. The focus is the alcohol.

My manager handed out "tasting notes" that we had to memorize to do the job. Eventually, it came out that I don't drink and many of my coworkers are saying things like "you work HERE! We'll break you down eventually! It's only a matter of time before you're drinking with the best of us!" etc.

I don't drink because my parents are alcoholics. I never had a drinking problem myself. Four years ago, I developed PTSD and panic disorder after being hit by a car. I realized that drinking even to a mild buzz increased my incedence of panic attacks and influenced my ability to control them.

I stopped drinking after this. That was four years ago this past November. Watching the behavior of the people around me who drink a lot and looking back on my childhood and any of my life that I spent with my parents makes drinking seem like something I just never want to do again and I'm proud of myself for not drinking. I don't ever want to go down the heartbreaking path or my parents or develope a problem because I know that people with PTSD are more prone to alcoholism.

I prefer to be healthy in all ways, emotionally, physically and mentally. I wish that people would respect my decision instead of making light of it. They don't know why I don't drink and they don't know how important this decision is to me. I know that they do it because of their own insecurities, but it still bothers me that people who know nothing about why I don't drink and what it signifies to me to have risen above where I could have gone in life make fun of my decision. I laugh it off. But it still bothers me.
Birthdaycandle Birthdaycandle
31-35, F
1 Response Dec 3, 2012

Nobody should force that on you. Sometimes I think that's a power play: Let's see if we can make her do something, even if she doesn't want to do it...

Anyway, good for you for sticking to your guns and doing what you think is right.