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When you lead a sober lifestyle, you will most definitely cross paths with people who drink. Many of still have normies friends who can drink “successfully,” as we say. So, you’re probably quite used to some very specific things that happen due to your lifestyle choice. Here are 14 things that happen when you don’t drink.

#1. You’re forever DD (designated driver)

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Hey, you’re like a superhero or something…saving drunk people’s lives in a single bound!

#2. You’re always asked, “But why?”

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When you turn down the offer of an alcoholic drink and reply that you don’t imbibe, people get really curious. They probably ask you the following:

#3. “Are you religious?” or “What church do you go to?”

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#4. You get offered over and over again

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…to which the person acts sheepishly, “oh yeah, sorry.” This might be a symptom of their alcoholic state or else they’re trying to get you to tell them why you don’t drink, but in a thinly-veiled attempt. You see through them. You’re stone cold sober; they are no match for you, having all your wits about you.

#5. People always ask if you’re OK to drive, because they assume you’re drunk, too

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This is my favorite. When I decide to head out, which is undoubtedly hours before the rest of the folks due to boredom or annoyance (see #s 9 and 10), the drinkers always get really concerned. It’s like alcohol induces some kind of amnesia because people always seem to forget by the end of the night that I haven’t had a drop to drink.

#6. You get creative

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You use one of your several canned answers as to why you don’t want an alcoholic drink when offered…I’m on medication; it’s against my religion, etc.

#7. You’re slick

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You walk around with a “cocktail,” club soda, ginger ale with grenadine, etc.

#8. You’ve gotten used to everything being BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage)

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If you didn’t bring your own, or you forgot, you usually have to scrounge for something decent to drink…it seems that once all the effort and money at said event was put towards alcohol, no f*cks were given regarding non-alcoholic options.

#9. You get bored easily at parties

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You realize just how boring parties with alcohol are…it was much easier being amused when you were getting drunk.

#10. You realize how annoying drunk people are

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…and cringe at the thought of how you might have acted when intoxicated.

#11. “So, you’re like a homebody, aren’t you?”

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People assume you don’t go out or have a life because you don’t drink. For many, it seems unfathomable to go out and not drink. Life is actually a whole lot more fulfilling without alcohol.

#12. You get to relish in the delight of waking up hangover-free

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…while others are secretly (or not-so-secretly) hating you for your up-and-at-‘em attitude the following day.

#13. You can’t understand why you’re still broke

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You’ve found other things to spend all of your money on, such as food, clothes, home furnishings

#14. Desserts made with alcohol: why? Just why????

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