Here is my situation. I don't drink. I never had, and I probably never will. I don't want to. Nuf said. However, when I am anywhere and someone offers me a drink, they almost get offended when I turn it down. They almost act like I can't be trusted because I will not share a drink with them. If they offered me a coke, and I turn it down they do not react the same way as when I don't want a drink. They do not ask me why I don't drink cola, or why I am not interested in the cola. (like they ask me about alcohol.) If I tell people that there isn't a firm reason why I don't want to drink, they get even more confused like everybody should like to drink. I just don't like drinking. I don't feel to push myself to start drinking. I haven't missed it, so why start? It is easier to tell people I am an alcoholic (even though I am not) and can't drink than to continually tell them no. They understand alcoholism, but they cannot understand an adult who doesn't want to drink. So I guess what I am posing to the MR community, why is drinking alcohol different than drinking cola? Why are you not supposed to turn down alcohol, yet you can turn down a cola? Why do people look at me like I can't be trusted when I say no thanks to a beer? Sorry, I just had to get that off of my chest as the holidays approach, I know I will be turning down a few offers. And I am hoping since the drunk thread is so popular around here, maybe you guys could shed some light on this for me. I certainly haven't figured it out in the decade I have been turning down alcohol.