I'm a 19 year old student from the UK and as many of you are thinking when you read this I should be boozing it up every night.

I'm diabetic (type 1 for ten years this year) and admittedly a large part of my dislike for drinking stems from this. I don't do enough of the stuff to learn how to manage drinking and diabetes all at once cos it lowers my bs and then raises it and then lowers it blah blah blah - it's a whole lot of hassle :S

I'm not looking for advice about drinking cos I'm just not that into it - I can't be bothered and it doesn't taste so nice anyway :)

I am looking to see if anyone out there with big d is like me and avoids the stuff or if I am just as abnormal as I've feared. A lot, and I mean a LOT of my friends drink all the time and I'm just feeling a little bit alone. Without an ally so to speak.

anyone is welcome to post - just something to reassure me that I'm ot crazy and not completely alone in this :)

xx

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Your not abnormal! I don't like it either! We're a team! LOL!
I don't drink just because I don't like the taste of alcohol. Thankfully my peer group (late 20s/early 30s) is just getting to the age where "drinking" is being phased out as the main event at parties and nights out ...
Yes, this is a good point too! As the years go by, it will be easier and easier to find people your age who don't need to drink to have fun! I'm sure they exist now too, but they might be hard to find!
You're really not abnormal at all. To be fair, I grew up in Puerto Rico, with a different culture, where alcohol is a NORMAL part of every day life. We really do not have laws that say minors can't drink, or that they can't buy alcohol... Nor is anyone ever carded. Believe it or not, kids over there don't really have an interest in binge drinking, or seeing who can pound the most away. That doesn't mean people don't occasionally abuse alcohol at parties, etc... Or that some people don't have a substance abuse problem... But that we don't have the whole college/binge drinking/drink for the sake of drinking mentality down there. I guess when you can drink any time you want, and your parents/friends/neighbors don't condemn you for it, alcohol sort of loses it's allure... and it's no longer a huge deal anymore. No one celebrates "coming of age so they can drink alcohol," like they do here in the USA when people turn 21... In short, no one cares. lol

So if ya don't want to do drink, then don't drink. Alcohol isn't for binging and getting drunk, anyway. It's for a mellow, occasional moment, of relaxation and enjoying the good company of friends. Most alcohol doesn't even taste good. lol If anyone pressures you about drinking, they prolly shouldn't even be your friend.
Good point Duck! My mom told me years ago the beer was Horse peepee! LOL!
Oh thats just Miller. =^)
LOL!!!
I always thought that Coors was skunk pee!
Drinking in some places is a cultural thing. I married into an Irish family and pubs are where people socialize. Drinking is part of the thing they do, but that doesn't mean everyone goes overboard when they do it.

Growing up with an Italian mother, drinking wine with dinner was considered normal. Again, a cultural thing.

I used to drink socially, or as Lizmari already mentioned, just to mellow out. Now it's a little trickier, but I can manage to participate a little bit once in a while.

Otherwise, I can certainly get by without. You're not abnormal, you're just you and that's fine.
i used to loveeee liquor and hate beer.. now i hate liquor and love beer but i dont drink it often at all if i wasnt diabetic i would but im like i could have a sandwich or something for the carbs that beer has lol
You're not crazy whatsoever. It's pretty common for college students to spend a lot of time at the pub, and sometimes it's not so fun to hang around and be the only person who is sober, so you might want to tweak your social life to do other things that are less likely to involve drinking: visit museums, go to films and concerts, the actual doing of athletics (as opposed to the post-game party), some university club activities, volunteering, political activity, whatever happens to interest you. I was not a partier at all in college and spent a lot of time working on the university newspaper.
caprifoglio is right, its a total cultural thing and in no way are you crazy.

That being said, my wife who is not a PWD (other than thru me) didnt drink when she was younger. We all thought it odd of her but as weve gotten older I really respect her for sticking to her guns. For us PWDs its not all that great to get smashed and can end up with some messy side effects. So beyond a pint here and there its just not worth the trade off.

I personally drank a lot when I was younger and my control was not of concern ( I was dealing with D the wrong way I guess). As Ive gotten in tighter control it just doent have a place beyond the blue moons.

Just remember though, cider helps with LBS. =^)

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