Is it normal to not drink on the weekends while everyone else is?
Last Updated: 07/14/2020 at 11:44pm
Melissa Hudson, MS Ed, PhD(c), LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
I work with clients of diverse backgrounds on a multitude of concerns. My approach is, at times, directive, yet always curious, nonjudgmental, collaborative, and validating.
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I don't think that it matters what anyone else around you is doing, if you don't feel like drinking, then don't drink. It is your choice, and you should never let anyone else influence you into doing something you don't want to do. Peer pressure can be a very dangerous thing....and it's so easy for people to get "sucked in" these days because they want to fit in. But stand out, be you, make decisions based off of what YOU want to do, stick to your principles!
Yes, completely normal. While it seems that everybody drinks, it only seems that way. plenty of people can;t stand the taste! You are fine!
Yes, It is normal to not drink on the weekends, as drinking is a matter of individual choice and one need not compare with others.
For the alcoholic not drinking at all is the only answer. Keeping away from alcohol as much as possible is also very helpful. But there is always going to be occasions where you cant avoid alcohol. A wedding or birthday may be such a time. In those situations it is best to have some one keep a good eye on you. Your wife or work friend perhaps.
Drinking is a personal choice, it's perfectly normal not to drink on the weekends, the less you drink the better!
Of course, you should never do anything you don't want to do just because others are doing it. Be your own person, and don't let anyone change that.
That is perfectly normal I think it's become such a generic thing to do that people may feel odd not to drink on weekends. but it's nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of. And a lot of people who drink on weekends don't just enjoy the quite drink so in actual fact you could be helping out your health.
Quite a lot of people don't drink at all, not just on weekends ;) I think it's because of the popular image of weekends, young people, etc. that we imagine that it's something that most people do. It's less easy to notice the flocks of people (myself included) who aren't out drinking :) There are crowds for each part of the spectrum, from drinking nothing to passed out on the couch :P
It is completely normal! Just because everyone else seems to be doing something, that doesn't mean you have to and it doesn't mean its not normal for you not to go along with them. Doing what you feel is best for you is normal!
Absolutely. We can still have fun without getting drunk. Endorphins! They are a natural drug. Alcohol is not the party
Yes of course! Drinking is not very healthy even though it's legal to drink if you're over your country's drinking age, so if you don't like to drink that's ok and good for your health.
Of course it is! It is your choice to drink or not drink.. It completely up to you. don't feel pressured
Drinking like alcoholic drinks? If that's what you mean then no there is nothing wrong with that, some people aren't huge fans of drinking, or some people just don't want to go out drinking during the weekend. Not to mention, if you're not of age you may not to want to get yourself in trouble underage drinking.
I really dislike the word "normal", because it tends to be used to make people feel isolated. In your case - choosing to drink or not to drink is a personal choice. Maybe everyone else does it, but that doesn't mean you have to. If you enjoy the things you do on the weekend, and you can do that without alcohol, then why should you change that if you don't want to?
Do you have to drink to be "normal"? Then what is normal? You have alternative choices to socialize and relax on the weekends, which may not require alcohol consumption at all. It is up to you to decide. The drinking crowd is made up of certain kind of personalities. The non-drinking crowds is full of another kind of personalities. It depends on who you want to hang out with. You can act "normal" and blend in and drink. But do you feel like doing it just for the show? There is no right or wrong. No normal or not normal.
It is so important to follow your own rhythm, health goals, your own good habits, and listen your own truth. We live in the world that is full of noise, different agendas, cultural and social customs and we are influenced on a daily basis. I would think that simple decision to say "no" to drinks on the weekends, if it is a personal want, should be satisfied without consideration about peer setting. At the end people define and redefine what is a "normal" think to do, but people are different and everyone has their own world as well. We can at least be responsible for the things and decisions that depend solely on our own piece of mind.
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