For me, avoiding alcohol was not a conscious decision that I made one day.
It was born of many factors. But principally, I just never enjoyed it, not the taste, and definitely not the effects.
I like the feeling of being calm and clear-headed. And clarity and alcohol do not generally go together.
I also don’t like the feeling of losing touch with myself, and my sense of ethics.
It’s challenging though, in this society, to abstain from drinking. Especially as a 30 something female. Although I think the pressure to drink is not limited to age or to gender.
At times in the past I have given in to that pressure.
However these days I am comfortable to calmly and firmly state my decision when it comes to drinking.
I should add that I do not take a moral – or buddhist – standpoint on others drinking. But for me it just doesn’t work.
I am passionate about developing my practice, and insight and mindfulness, and alcohol does not assist me in that desire.
I am proud to follow the 5 precepts, out of compassion and care for myself and the world around me ♥
By refraining from taking intoxicants, we can more easily cultivate awareness, attention and clarity of mind