Why I Don't Drink Alcohol Any More
Mark Serrels, Jan 12, 2018
In the beginning
I have so many reasons for not drinking. Some take the form of stories; some are simple, subjective preferences on my part. Others are objective facts.
But I remember the first time I stopped drinking. I was 21. I also remember the first time I got drunk.
I was 12 years old.
I grew up in Scotland and everyone drinks. It's cold, wet and miserable -- what else are you supposed to do? But, ironically, the first time I got drunk it was sunny by Scottish standards.
The sun blasted 24C and it was a long weekend. My friends and I hung out with the older kids, and approached one with hair on his back and fluff on his chin, the one with the best chance of getting served in the lax convenience store with a booze licence.
"A two litre bottle of Olde English please," we chanted in unison.
Dear God, our poor pre-teen livers. In Scotland you start early. My brother got drunk for the first time when he was 10.
I sloshed around, trying to hold down this foul cider. The longer the day went, the more rancid the drink became; losing its fizz, increasing in temperature. It wasn't long before I was barfing it back up, alongside the Weetbix and Fruit Pastilles I had eaten that morning…For more https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2018/01/why-i-dont-drink-alcohol-any-more/