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would like to take this opportunity to say a few things that are on my mind about alcohol. Before I begin, however, I would like it to be known that I have tasted alcohol before;

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Introduction

I would like to take this opportunity to say a few things that are on my mind about alcohol. Before I begin, however, I would like it to be known that I have tasted alcohol before; however, unlike some others, I drink responsibly. Please keep this in mind as you consider that I am writing in support of the non - drinker. Believe it or not, I used to run scared at the sight, or even smell, of alcohol. I had absolutely no interest in drinking. I mean, why should I? I always enjoyed myself without drinking alcohol, and I just never really saw a point in doing it. ...read more.

Middle

It was because I was afraid of turning into my father. My mother was scared, too, and she constantly reminded my three older brothers and me that alcoholism is a disease, and if I were to begin drinking, I would get it, too. To tell you the truth, I didn't believe her at first, but I did listen. I avoided alcohol at all costs, but to think it was a disease and hereditary? Well, that was asking too much at the time. However, I believe her now. And even though I do drink on occasion every now and then, please do not think I have forgotten what my mother told me year after year. ...read more.

Conclusion

Maybe the peer pressure is really too much for them to handle, yet how could you know? You rarely ask, let alone even think about how and why they could pass up something as good as a drink. So, my point here today is just this: keep this idea in mind the next time you offer someone a drink. If they say no, accept that answer the first time and move on. There should be no need to explain the reason behind their choice because it is just that: their choice. Just please remember the memories of the past or present that alcohol might bring to the surface, remember the anguish they could have or still be experiencing, and remember that they are, in fact, a non-drinker - but also a human being like anyone else. ...read more.

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