ALCOHOL | Why I don’t drink alcohol anymore | CAT MEFFAN

ALCOHOL | Why I don’t drink alcohol anymore | CAT MEFFAN

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I get asked quite a bit whether or not I drink alcohol, so I thought I'd share with you my personal journey, experience and why I don't drink anymore.

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I filmed this on my Olympus Pen E-PL7. I didn't need lights for this video, but when I do, I use these studio lights –

39 thoughts on “ALCOHOL | Why I don’t drink alcohol anymore | CAT MEFFAN”

  1. Totally feel like I’m in your boat haha. I don’t like the taste of pretty much all alcohol, but I’m a University student and the culture is very much chug chug chug the drinks. So I guess I drink to be a part of it and because it’s ‘cool’. Thanks for the video, it has helped me come to the realisation that I only drink because of others. I feel like I’m crazy enough without alcohol anyway lol. Ah well, here goes alcohol free me xx

    1. I can imagine it must be SO hard at uni… that’s a lot of pressure to deal with. Haha I know the feeling about being crazy enough without it. You’ve got to do what feels right in your heart, do what pleases you, not others. When they realise you’re still awesome without the alcohol, they won’t even care ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    2. It helped me come to a very similar realization! I don’t like drinking, I just feel as though I’m obligated to in social situations. When I stopped binge drinking on the weekends with everyone, though, I naturally just started to become friends with people who didn’t like drinking either.. law of attraction! Gotta stay true to yourself.

  2. I also used to experience memory loss when drinking alcohol. I haven’t drank for around 10 years. I’ve had occasional periods where I’ve enjoyed in, but it’s just not for me. I hate the feeling of not being in control. Yuck.

  3. Can totally see where you’re coming from in this, I’ve seriously considered giving up drinking quite a few times myself. Always thought I would in my 30’s, I’m 30 next month so we’ll see! Thanks for sharing your story xxx

  4. I have never really drunk alcohol, I get a lot of questions about it when I order soft drinks at the pub after work and even felt pressured to drink at my own wedding by friend and in laws to “avoid rumours”. It’s good to hear that I’m not alone in not liking it makes me feel less of an outcast!

    1. You’re an inspiration and good for you for not giving in to pressure. Do what feels right for you, others will love you for it. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. I have really started trying to move away from alcohol lately for health reasons too! Even when I don’t get drunk, I am not 100% the next day and I think it is really holding me back in my workout progress too. Hoping that I can give it up completely, but I totally agree that it is hardest in social situations where everyone is drinking! Thanks for sharing your story, maybe it will help encourage me. Oh, and we always play Scrable on NYE in our family too!

    1. Hey Jenny, love that you play Scrabble on NYE – that made me smile! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve already planned for at least three board games this NYE. Can’t wait! Good luck on your journey moving away from alcohol. x

    2. Yes same here, was a functional alcoholic for 20 yrs. Learned behavior from growing up . Age of 40 it was not fun hangovers were much worse and I was wasting days recovering from the hangover ! I stopped by moving away and getting out of a toxic marriage. I rather not be around it or I may try a bit and regret it . I don’t drink now and never want to start that way of living again . Thanks for the video !

  6. I gave it up for a full year from December 2014-December 2015, and for some reason decided to go back to it (maybe just to see if I’m missing anything?) Nope! I’ve been drinking in moderation for the past 9 months (1-2 drinks, sometimes 3, maybe a couple of times per month) and I don’t think it’s going to last much longer. I’m a distance runner and need all the energy, positivity, and clarity of mind I can get, and I can say without a doubt those 3 things have definitely been affected. Plus since I hit 30, the hangovers apparently get worse! You made a good choice.

    1. Hey! Thanks for the comment. I think maybe you did the right thing by giving it a go again, just to check and now you know for that that it doesn’t need to be part of your life. I have so much respect for distance runners, something I sadly won’t ever be good at due to joint issues. Good luck on your journey! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  7. Tl;dr I’ve never drunk alcohol and I’m not as comfortable with that as I’d like to be.

    Being in my late twenties and never having drunk alcohol, I find people a lot more invasive on why I don’t than when someone has stopped. The answers are: I don’t want to know what I’d be like drunk – I suspect bad; I don’t like the taste; and initially at least some kind of teenage sanctimonious anti-peer pressure awful “better than you” attitude which I’m not totally sure I’ve got over (which is not cool). But people don’t accept the first two as “valid” reasons and unsurprisingly get arsey at the latter. Now I sometimes wish I did have a safe drink that I know my reaction to for the particularly stressful work days, but I also feel that could go down hill rapidly. I’m often miserable at social events because I’m introverted, anxious, and boring and I have something always telling me “you’d be better at this if you drank”. I wish I was more at ease and confident with the fact I don’t drink, never have, and probably (hopefully?) never will.

    1. I think invasive was the wrong word, it’s just different. I get told I can’t know I don’t want to if I haven’t tried. I get pressured a lot to “just give it ago”. People might assume you were an alcoholic. Incidentally I did meet a girl at uni who had been an alcoholic and recovered. And I just thought, good for you for getting out of it. To have been an alcoholic should not be shameful, it’s an addictive drug and not their fault for needing it. People who might assume you were an alcoholic and give you a judgemental look are not cool but you shouldn’t be offended by that association. It implies it’s more of a problem if someone *had* gone down that route and got better when it’s not.

    2. Hey Sam, thanks so much for this comment. Personally I think it’s amazing that you’ve never had a drink, something you should be proud of as I know how much pressure you must have felt to try it. I’m a little the same at social events sometimes. I have to build all my energy up before I go, then once my energy is gone, it;s time for me to go home. Good music is always a way of getting me energetic, but if I’m totally honest I just prefer a night in with good food, good people, board games or a good film! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have every faith that over time you’ll become comfortable and at ease with not drinking. You just have to accept that it’s part of who you are and who you are is awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    3. Hi, i just wanted to give a short comment to this but i guess thats not so easy…
      If you made it so far, be proud of it, it’s an achievement!
      I’m roughly 10 years older than you, and i don’t drink and haven’t ever. ( i even avoid foods containing alc because of the taste and the effects they can have for someone not used to any amount of alc.)
      So i can tell you that those questions about why don’t fully stop, even when you’re older.
      But in my experience it’s more when people are new to you that they ask.
      Most others tend to accept it with time (as they see that your consistent).
      The most important thing i wanted to say: it is your life, and you don’t even have to explain why you don’t want to drink, because it is nothing bad or illegal and you don’t harm anyone by this!
      You wish for a safe drink? There are plenty of them, but non of them contains alcohol ๐Ÿ˜‰
      You want to be more confident with the fact of beiing sober: Considering your age and what you wrote i guess you have seen your fare share of what alcohol does to people. So just question yourself: have you ever regretted not being drunk?
      And about the “you never tried how can you know” thing: I assume you never tried to stick you hand into the lawn mover, and yet you know that you won’t like it…

    4. Sam I used to drink 1-2 bottles of wine a day or a 12-24 pack of beer. Or just straight liquor. Other days I’d make myself several Long Island iced teas. Other days I’d drink wine, liquor, beer and cocktails in a single day. I had withdrawals. Being addicted to alcohol is not fun even though I LOVED drinking. I look forwarded to drinking and had massive cravings. I still have the urge to drink even though I’m off the bottle.

  8. Ahhh! So much like me, watching this like “yup, yup, me too, uh huh” and my go to drink is always elderflower too ๐Ÿ˜‚ feels so good waking up and being fresh as a daisy ๐Ÿ˜Š Merry Christmas!

  9. I’m not even 20 yet but I’ve been a heavy drinker for the past 4 years and done some crazy stuff butย now I can honestly say that drinking is not even good anymore, makes me moody and depressed and feel sh*t in the morning. I’m in 1st year of Uni atm so it’s hard being surrounded by the peer pressure but I’d would rather chill on a beachย or haveย a pizzaย etc than be in a club with annoying drunk people ndย crap music ygm

  10. Hey! Loved your video and can totally relate! I quit drinking back in November due to the same reasons as you really and the fact when I was hungover it brought on ridiculous anxiety that would last for days!!! I still go out now with friends that drink because I love to go out and have a dance and a sing song but after a certain time I have to leave because everyone eventually gets to that realllyyyy intoxicated stage and it’s just annoying so I remove myself from the situation haha… do you still go out??? I have a couple of hen parties this year 1 in Dublin 1 in your that I’m slightly upset worried about… not that I’ll drink, but just that I will be in an atmosphere I don’t want to be in! Xxx

    1. Hey Natalie, love that you’ve quit, but still love to be out dancing. Just goes to prove that alcohol isn’t needed. I’m sure you’ll end up feeling relaxed in no time at the hen parties, but I totally feel you on that one! Girl power ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  11. May 3rd was 2 years since I have had any alcohol. Our stories are very similar. I used to drink because it was always around, everyone was doing it, and there’s not much else to do in our small community. After blacking out 1 night and not having any clue how I got home, it was time to quit. Only on occasion, do I get a hankering for a drink, but it’s never enough of a temptation to go back to it. Thanks so much for your openness & honesty Cat!! Love your channel.

  12. I can 100% relate to this! Only really like the taste of cocktails & they’re full of sugar ๐Ÿ˜‚ Alcohol does make you relax & loosen up, but I’ve found fitness is more important to me, so had to make the choice! I do still occasionally have a drink if I fancy one, but I now feel better not ๐Ÿ˜„ xx

  13. I used to drink a lot to ease my anxiety when going out with friends but it always made me feel depressed the next day. I deal with depression already so this was never a good thing! I went through few periods since then where I don’t drink but I also have had a few night where I drink too much. I’ve recently adopted a 1-drink “rule” (hate that word), but it works really well for me. Some times I won’t even have a drink but if I do I have one. I really enjoy gin and tonic and I also like some kinds of beer (I found a really great hemp beer that doesn’t make me stuffy) — if I drink these it’s for the taste not to get a buzz! It feels good to be in control and to keep alcohol to a minimum.

  14. Did you notice increased mental clarity after going teetotal. I hardly drink alcohol as I find alcohol it appears to cause brain fog for a week or so after.

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