The other night, I sat across from a sober friend who was telling a story about a recent outing with coworkers.
“We had to go to a baseball game, and I was the only one that wasn’t drinking. Most of the people didn’t care,” she recalled. “But there were a couple of people that just wouldn’t let it go.”
It made her extremely uncomfortable. “I’m just not in a place where I want to tell people that I’m sober. I’m not comfortable with that.”
Even in 2019, there is still plenty of stigma surrounding alcohol use disorder. My friend didn’t want to have to explain to these people from work that she was sober because she didn’t want it to potentially affect her job. That’s completely valid.
And yet, for some reason, it seems like there will always be someone who just
stop asking why you don’t drink.