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'I don’t drink and am worried that the other nurses find me boring'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’ve never liked the taste of alcohol and after a bad experience last year decided that I would give it up for good. The loss of control you get when you drink and how it changes people really disturbs me.

“While I see this as a personal choice, all of my course mates drink and I worry that this makes them think I’m less “fun” and it’s stopping me socialising much for fear of being asked awkward questions or feeling left out.

“Do you have any suggestions to help me feel less anxious about it? Or to help me explain my decision to my new friends?”


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Readers' comments (4)

  • You are training to be a Professional and thereby will at times experience role conflict and problems. If they are true friends they will understand, and if they dont then that it up to them. If you are regarded as boring for not taking alcohol- they do not value you.. If anything, they will gain by you helping them when they being sick/crying in the ladies, assist them in making safer choices etc

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  • I do not drink (I also do not like the taste or the loss of control). Sure, I may miss out on wild nights out which I can only partially remember but my friends and boyfriend respect my decision and have never questioned it nor pressured me. To change your values to fit in with those who think you am boring is not worth it

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  • Choose not to be a lemming. Leadership grows through sticking to your own principles ..congratulations on being a potential are very much your own person and unique with it.Genuine friends will respect you but superficial friend will move on.

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  • I don't drink either but just because you don't drink doesn't mean you can't be included in nights out and parties...

    More often than not i get congratulated when I tell people i don't drink and people always ask 'how do i do it'. At the end of the day your friends should be your friends regardless of your drinking habits and there is more to life than drinking alcohol.

    In terms of being boring because you don't drink alcohol i don't feel this is right, like i said you can be included without drinking and still be crazy and fun and have a laugh. Just be yourself and stay sober, they will be the boring ones when they are suffering with a hangover the next day!

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