3 Reasons Why I Don’t Drink Alcohol

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

Heya playas, while everyone is gearing up
for St. Patrick’s Day to either drink, party or pretend to be Irish, I’m probably gonna
find myself on the other end of the question, “What do you mean you don’t you drink?”. This
is something I commonly hear and to every person that asks, I give them three reasons.
This is The Josh Speaks. You’re watching The Josh Speaks. People drink for a multitude
of reasons, some enjoy the taste, some like getting buzzed, some like to do it to escape
their problems, either way whatever your reason is, it’s very uncommon to hear from a 20-something
year old that they don’t like drinking. People drink because it’s a social activity. Sure
bars may have other thinks like skeeball, air hockey or even mechanical bulls but the
main reason why everyone is there is to drink alcohol. It’s the same reason why you wear
a baseball jersey to a baseball game or you buy popcorn when you go to the movies. Our
society has baked the desire to go party with the consumption of alcohol into one leaving
the people that don’t drink to feel like outcasts. Drinking also provides the opportunity for
people to bond socially. Chances are if you walk up to someone in a bar and you ask them
what they’re drinking you’re not gonna be met with blank stares but instead a description
of what’s in their cup. Now this is part of the reason why I don’t drink, the novelty
of being included in things gives people the sensation of belonging,one that I feel like
I get when I’m just around people that I care about. I feel like if I were put into a room
with friends and only given the opportunity to talk to them, I feel like that’s all the
social stimulation that I need. For me I just enjoy being around people that I care about.
I can enjoy the baseball game without wearing a baseball jersey and I can watch the movie
without eating the popcorn because the popcorn tends to get stuck in your back tooth and
you sit there trying to pick it out and it’s just, it’s just annoying! The second reason
people often drink is because it helps loosen then up and control their feelings of insecurity
and self doubt they may have in a new place. Some call it liquid courage because it helps
you go talk to the cute girl, tell all your friends that you love them and drunk dial
your ex to tell them off once again. And in that state, most people seem to think it’s
their way of releasing how they really feel but I think it’s actually them becoming less
of themselves. I mean if you find a drunk girl and make out with her, isn’t that kind
of the same thing as an athlete winning the sport but also taking steroids? I spend a
lot of time trying to keep myself grounded and present mined so that I’m aware of the
world around me. And it’s in doing so that I feel like my senses become heightened and
that I’m truly in the drivers seat in case I choose to do something confident.And it’s
in challenging my fears that I know that I can grow above them. There’s no fear of standing
at the bar awkwardly alone or being concerned because I don’t have a drink in my hand at
the moment. I’m in control and I don’t want anything to stop me from doing that. What
do you guys think though, why or why don’t you drink alcohol? Is it because you’re too
young, you’ve have a bad experience with it or you’re just the kind of person that likes
to party and drink it up? Leave your comments below and we’ll talk about it. As always guys,
love and… wait a second, I said three reasons right? Well, the third reason is because my
parents always told me not to. They always told me to be an individual and to think for
myself, to never succumb to peer pressure and to always rise above. And having the ability
to say no to drinking simply because I don’t want to even though hundreds and hundreds
of people have asked me to do it, I think makes me a pretty strong individual. As always
guys, love and peace. Hey thanks for watching, if you’re new to the channel make sure to
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The link is in the description below. And finally, I know that a lot of you guys want
to ask me questions but you’d rather do it anonymously. Well, I’ve got you covered. In
the description I’m going to put the link to my ask.fm profile where you can submit
anonymous questions and I’ll answer them for you. Click the link, it’s also down there
too. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



Jan 1, 2016, 2:12 am Reply

I don't drink. I don't like the bitter taste alcohol.


Jan 1, 2016, 11:32 pm Reply

I am Russian and I don't drink, never drank and never will


Feb 2, 2016, 2:03 am Reply

I prefer to smoke weed. It's nontoxic, so there's no hangover, it isn't related to violence or reckless behavior, and it isn't as harmful to my body.

Tvrtko Prvi

Mar 3, 2016, 5:28 pm Reply

Alcohol is for the weak.

why not

Mar 3, 2016, 12:17 am Reply

my advice to you, cut down on champagne and booze. For a nigga like me, most time that shit's bad news.

Calculated Confidence

Mar 3, 2016, 5:54 am Reply

Great reasons! It's nice to find other people that don't drink and the fact that you've never even tried is a rarity. I'm 24 and have never tried alcohol either! I don't judge those that do, but it's always comforting to find other people that don't as well! Rad video!

Shinji D

Mar 3, 2016, 5:40 pm Reply

I want to have 100% self-control. Thats why I dont like to drink and even if I do I would only drink one or 2 beer. I am only a fan of fruit beer though cause I hate the bitter taste and normal beer taste like shit. People just need to know how to say no.


Mar 3, 2016, 5:21 am Reply

i think if anyone wants to experience drinking, they ca do it and then decide if you want to do it again. i did when i was young and I had fun because here in east Asia people are not aggressive while drinking but I don't drink anymore at all and I was lucky to be young enough so my body would recover from the damage (i drank in moderation usually anyway) though I live in east Asia where almost everyone drinks, eat unhealthy and still stays young looking until theyre 50… also I noticed while going to western countries the alcohol makes people go nuts there and it is not fun to party with aggressive people. and just btw I personally think drinking soda is as bad as alcohol in the end. sugar in it makes the same affect to the liver and skin, makes you age faster and makes your health bad. and we usually eat sugar more than we should everyday so it makes it worse than alcohol. or just unhealthy food etc. just one thing you should avoid is stress. stress makes you age faster than smoking or alcohol or sugar. that's what i have noticed. but it is 90% of genes too what alcohol or sugar ir anything will do to you. also pollution is bad to your body etc in asia but most asians are still kind of healthy and stuff. just live your life, dont hurt others (esp if you do that while being drunk dont drink tooo much) and dont stress would be all that i would say. a great video!


Mar 3, 2016, 11:19 pm Reply

I don't drink. I'm not an addict, but I have the potential to be one. Also I suffer from mental health issues and alcohol makes it worse. But I don't want to tell people either of those things, so I just tell people "It's not good for me" and they usually don't care too much.

Mamma Jamma

Apr 4, 2016, 9:51 pm Reply

That 3rd reason, reminds me of my parents

My parents are always telling to think for myself and do what they say too

evony G

Apr 4, 2016, 7:58 am Reply

I don't drink because I don't want to. My mom is now sober after 19 years of alcohol abuse. And because I want to be fully aware of my environment, living every moment to the fullest, not anticipating the bottom of a beer bottle.

Nicholas Joseph-Francis

Apr 4, 2016, 11:05 pm Reply

I agree 100%. Im 23 and don't drink. I know so many who do because their friends do or silly things like that.

John Riley

May 5, 2016, 6:25 pm Reply

aaaa. I want to know how to tell myself I don't drink alcohol. It's like im brainwashed though. I tell myself, but I don't understand what im saying. I want to know how to tell myself I don't drink alcohol. It's like im brainwashed though. I do tell myself, but I don't know how. It's like im brainwashed though.

Barrak Sadeq

May 5, 2016, 6:30 pm Reply

smoke weed everyday

Lightmare X

May 5, 2016, 3:28 am Reply

I tried it, i personally just dont like the taste of it.


May 5, 2016, 7:32 am Reply

IMO you (anyone in general) can't really talk about alcohol unless you've tried it. It's one of those things, like abstinence. I came from a religious family and tried it only recently at near 30. It was a cultural thing, so I kinda had to and it felt great. It's not so much as "trying to fit in" as it is something fun to do with people around you to enlighten the social atmosphere. You don't have to be "drunk" but if you're all about the same level it's actually pretty fun.


Jun 6, 2016, 7:17 am Reply

I've never drank

Solo Demonz

Jun 6, 2016, 11:40 pm Reply

Alcohol also causes brain damage even too adults.

Harish Rabbani

Jun 6, 2016, 2:35 pm Reply

You look like Christopher Mintz-Plasse


Jul 7, 2016, 5:54 pm Reply

Dude…you're truly badass. Seriously, I used to drink every once in a while for special occasions because it was fun. But it became less fun when I turned 21 and constantly had coworkers/etc trying to get me wasted. Honestly, I hate drinking now.

The people around me don't do for special occasions or to enhance their fun…they're only fun when they ARE drinking. I think I'm going to start telling people I don't drink.

King Chris10

Jul 7, 2016, 6:05 am Reply

I can't drink cause I'm 14


Aug 8, 2016, 7:17 am Reply

All of my reasons are the same as yours.

Liz Cop

Aug 8, 2016, 12:05 am Reply

I don't drink by my own choice. I've seen other people go through bad situations because of alcohol, and personally I don't like the taste. The few alcoholic beverages that I like the taste of, I can get a nonalcoholic version of it which is just as good if not better. It's difficult cause even my best friend doesn't get that I dont drink, and tells me to try different things. But it's just not for me

killed kenny

Sep 9, 2016, 11:38 am Reply

i have sotial anxiety and when i dont drink when i met new people i feel like dying. i feel like noone likes me when im sober. and then when i drank a bit everyone laughs at my jokes and i talk to strangers. thats why i drink eventhough some of my friends hate it bc im legaly not allowed to drink.

Abdul Soofi

Sep 9, 2016, 8:19 pm Reply

I don't drink alcohol because it's coast by liver canser

Jake Nowell

Sep 9, 2016, 3:39 pm Reply

I drink a bit of alcohol with some friends I camp with. I love them all as friends and one I really like and she has a boyfriend who gives her Gin, she said that's great. I know that I should take care and hopefully I will even with this girl around.

Leasing Agent Travin

Sep 9, 2016, 7:33 pm Reply

people don't drink alcohol because they like the taste. paused it there after i realized you don't know what the f*** you're talking about. nice attempt though.

Catarina Monteiro

Sep 9, 2016, 5:16 pm Reply

I've never had alcohol before either and I'm about to turn 21. I don't need such a thing in my life and I can relate to you because my reasons are basically the same 🙂 hate when people try to get me to taste alcohol! Never did, never will 🙂 great video!

Abeer B

Oct 10, 2016, 12:22 am Reply

its because i don't see the point , i can have fun anytime anywhere without it !!


Oct 10, 2016, 6:41 am Reply

I'm actually quitting. I'm 25. I noticed it causes me to become disconnected. I get brain fog often.


Nov 11, 2016, 6:40 pm Reply

Drinking alcohol in moderation is okay and of course it is okay not to drink at all. Being drunk ain't fun though been there done that. But drinking in moderation is fine.

Kayla & kids

Nov 11, 2016, 5:56 pm Reply

These are great points. I do drink occasionally but I'm seriously thinking about giving it up completely.


Nov 11, 2016, 12:19 am Reply

You my nigga

Easton Mendoza

Nov 11, 2016, 5:03 am Reply

In my opinion, there is no point of drinking alcohol. There are absolutely no benefits. My family loves to drink, but I am the black sheep. It tastes like shit, and I want it to keep that way.

Eduardo M L

Nov 11, 2016, 12:50 pm Reply

Good job buddy, you nailed it down, on the words of my shrink "gaining control is what makes us different from animals"

no one

Dec 12, 2016, 2:58 am Reply


sughab banjara

Jan 1, 2017, 3:55 pm Reply

Im 25..i used to drink n get high and party mostly all weekends since 16..the reason i found
#1.i found out it effects our brain..since im in a phase where i still need to utilize my brain to become successful and help others
#2. Waste of money..i can rather donate that money


Jan 1, 2017, 8:42 am Reply

I used to drink a ton in high school and then quit for 3 years after I graduated. Talk about quitting during prime partying years. When I started drinking again at age 23, I hit it hard and didn't stop for many years. Now that I am 45, I sometimes wonder why I am still drinking. It seems like more of a habit instead of an occasional thing.

Sooner Science Nerd

Feb 2, 2017, 6:38 pm Reply

i never wanted or could try it, because it smelled horrible.

Naz Idoura

Feb 2, 2017, 6:16 am Reply

I dont. I'd rather stay sober. I'm like the only college student that doesn't drink. I've got enough problems in life. I'd be dumb to restrict my brain with a depressant that only gives me the illusion that I'm feeling better

gleb des

Feb 2, 2017, 9:22 am Reply

good job bro !

Mohammed Aourchih

Mar 3, 2017, 12:15 pm Reply

thanks .that was informative

Abu Mohammad Khasawneh

Mar 3, 2017, 10:57 pm Reply

What about religious reasons??

Richard Terrazas

Mar 3, 2017, 9:30 am Reply

because for me there's no point. 👍


Apr 4, 2017, 11:03 pm Reply

Alcohol is a fucking poison a don't know why a keep going back to it

Danny B

Apr 4, 2017, 3:40 pm Reply

pepsi guy


Apr 4, 2017, 1:58 am Reply

I looooove the taste of beer, it will be my downfall haha. I always drink ODouls, but if I'm in a social setting I don't hesitate to get a dark stout or IPA. I use to drink a crap ton between 19-22 and it was just to get drunk. Eventually you've got to grow up and take your health seriously and that's what I did at 23.

Acdragonrider Videos

May 5, 2017, 11:09 pm Reply

I am 22 and I have never had any interest in drinking.

1. My parents told me not to because it is bad for you, and I have always accepted it.

2. I don't like that it is the main focus of social activities in college.

3. The fact that so many break the rules and drink underaged drives me crazy.

4. I don't like to be controlled by a substance.

Justin Weeks

May 5, 2017, 2:53 am Reply

I so agree with you

Faithful believer

Jun 6, 2017, 8:14 am Reply

I have decided to stop drinking because it turns me into someone I'm not.


Jun 6, 2017, 11:20 pm Reply

I use to drink in my teens through 20s but started feeling great when I stopped.unfortunately my dating -social life is effected.

Kevin Durant

Jun 6, 2017, 10:27 pm Reply

3 reasons I don' t drink alcohooool: 1. I d0nt know 3. I love $ 4. Im in lovue with theiui coco!


Jul 7, 2017, 4:15 am Reply

I don't drink because it's horrible for your body. There's a reason it tastes awful and makes you nauseous

Owen Murphree

Jul 7, 2017, 11:39 pm Reply

i clicked this video just to have something to watch while i get drunk haha


Jul 7, 2017, 8:01 am Reply

I'm 41 years old and I don't drink. So I've never experienced being drunk before. So when I was in my 20s I went to bars or niteclubs once in a while and just drank soda or juice. I just never liked the taste of it. When I was age 34 I tried to become a social drinker by putting a little bit of vodka on my juice. Done that like 4 times. Don't like it and back to not drinking period.


Aug 8, 2017, 4:38 pm Reply

I will never drink


Sep 9, 2017, 1:03 am Reply

Alcohol is fucking disgusting. It makes me throw up just form the smell. That's why I have a medical marijuana card


Sep 9, 2017, 2:52 am Reply

i don't drink because i'm a muslim


Sep 9, 2017, 9:38 pm Reply

You have obviously never heard of the definition: "moderation".

Andebros 712

Sep 9, 2017, 1:46 pm Reply

I don't drink and my girlfriend does drink a little bit. It bothers me so much sometimes and we have talked about it a lot but every time it fells like she is trying to convince me that it is an amazing thing to do with friends and have a good time. I don't know if I'm thinking about this wrong but any help? Please and thank you.


Sep 9, 2017, 9:05 pm Reply

The culture that I come from or was raised. We don't drink heavily. We know how to do it in moderation. A course I don't drink at all. Just never liked the taste. So yeah I've never experienced being drunk also.

Filip Gasic

Oct 10, 2017, 9:25 pm Reply

Retarded ass video. I think that we grow individualy by stepping out of our comfort zone. You have to try everything in life, even once . Thats how you build character. Its the same as concering your fears. Step out of the comfort zone, experience new things. You maybe dont drink but you are a shalos human being by your arguments…

Mr D.

Oct 10, 2017, 10:57 am Reply

Great video. I am not going to drink after having having done some stupid things like shouting and humilating friends who become angry with you, and besides that it's very expensive and it keeps me away from the goals in my life that I want to reach.

Hayet Bel

Oct 10, 2017, 12:09 pm Reply

I don't drink for religious reasons and I'm just fine, I'm 25 though I have never touched any form of alcohol 🙂

Saurabh Patil

Oct 10, 2017, 9:45 am Reply

Thanks for Video I am 27 and i have not drunk alcohol…Fuck Peer Pressure…Cheers to Strong Will

Ben Weigel

Oct 10, 2017, 9:45 pm Reply

I have chronic vertigo so I can’t drink


Nov 11, 2017, 2:35 pm Reply

I’m 13, and currently I’m depressed asf, I felt the need to drink alcohol but then my minds telling me not to. Hmmm


Dec 12, 2017, 3:09 pm Reply

Hope this vid helps too 😉 https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/teenagers/whiteboard-animations/alcohol-think-past-drink/


Jan 1, 2018, 10:32 am Reply

Life is about experiences and sometimes a bit of percieved 'vice' like drinking is something everyone should try at least once..you may not like spicy food but how do you know until you tried it? I've lived in many countries and met a lot of people in my time, the most interesting/well lived individuals have tried lots of things at one time or another. I've came up with my best business idea and closed many deals whilst having a drink. Drinking too much too quickly and too frequently not a good idea although I don't regret it even one second having experienced hangovers. I personal drink less these days but be careful trying to live a perfectly clean life! Your body will degenerate regardless and we all turn to dust eventually. Try stuff out, then talk about the experience. Whatever you say will be more compelling.

Mini Mixers

Jan 1, 2018, 8:52 pm Reply

It’s almost my 18th birthday so obviously I can soon legally buy alcohol. My parents are even trying to persuade me to be exited about it but I’m just mehhh. (Yes Americans the age to buy alcohol IS 18 in almost every country except your own so don’t be angry at me if you don’t know this) 🙂


Feb 2, 2018, 10:02 pm Reply

These are EXACTLY the same reasons I have, I really thought I was alone. Comments prove it wrong tho, thank you!

Larry Kuehn

Feb 2, 2018, 11:48 pm Reply

I don't like the taste of alcohol at all.I have better things to do drink alcohol.I'm mentally challenged man.

Bonnie the bunny118 Halloween props and more!

Feb 2, 2018, 4:06 am Reply

Drinking will kill you and destroy your family don’t ever drink

100P1NG _

Feb 2, 2018, 12:49 pm Reply

You are the kinda guy at school that nobody likes , and has no friends

Jia Francis

Feb 2, 2018, 4:50 am Reply

Agreed! Sick of people having to drink in order to fit in and have fun. Why can't we have fun when sober?


Mar 3, 2018, 7:30 am Reply

thanks man for all ‏your ‏ ‏helpfull vids

Faith, Hope and Love

Mar 3, 2018, 9:04 pm Reply

I actually developed alcohol related amnesia where you can't create new memories from 2 years of drinking. It took me 2 1/2 years to recover from it and most people don't recover. So I was scared. I was in my early 20's. I was almost brain dead just from 2 years of heavy drinking. I'm lucky to have recovered but I regretted it so much. It's like you know you possibly messed up your brain forever, it's the worse feeling ever. I prayed to God and he helped me, and healed me. I can remember fine now and can even go shopping for food and remember what I'm doing. Btw I'm only 32 and didn't drink very long in my life and it really did almost kill my brain that fast. Don't ever drink. Don't smoke either, I did that too and needed an inhaler after about a year, and have now quit both. You don't need to be older or doing it long to develop series health problems from drinking/smoking. Jesus loves you, God Bless.

Vallente Dunn

Apr 4, 2018, 9:40 pm Reply

I think that if you can ONLY enjoy yourself through alcohol and other drugs at parties or wherever, there might be something missing…

LastSurvior 33

Apr 4, 2018, 11:00 pm Reply

I drink 2 or 3 Coronas about 3 times a week.

Charlex Alexandre

May 5, 2018, 7:02 am Reply

I tried drinking but i just don't ike the taste of alcohol. The moment i taste it it turns me off and not to mention the burning sensation in my throat


Jun 6, 2018, 2:25 pm Reply

i dont drink anymore,i had a mother who was an alcoholic and left me when i was 1.My Dad didn't drink much but he passed away from cancer in 2005,


Jun 6, 2018, 10:22 pm Reply

I've never had a sip of alcohol in my life, all my classmates are drinkers, that is why I don't make friends often. I guess that's okay, I'd rather be an outcast than indulge in slow suicide.

Gautam Shakya

Jul 7, 2018, 4:58 am Reply

Here straight_edge


Aug 8, 2018, 11:21 pm Reply

I dislike drinking because the taste of alcohol is terrible. And it makes me sick sometimes


Sep 9, 2018, 2:44 am Reply

Because alcohol is poison and destroys your liver. If you don't believe me then a hangover should be your first sign.

Lewis Gardener

Oct 10, 2018, 9:36 pm Reply

The reason you don't drink is because your a pussy

Victor Porten

Oct 10, 2018, 9:48 pm Reply

I quit drinking because America makes it a necessity for socializing nowadays especially in big universities. Also my friend punched me in the face randomly when he was drunk and this ultimately ended up leading to the end of that friendship. Alcohol is made taboo until we’re 21 in this country so the whole 2.1 decade wait makes people more likely to binge drink once their legal and it causes a lot of alcoholism problems in this country.


Nov 11, 2018, 1:18 am Reply

The smell of alcohol is repulsive enough let alone the taste.


Jan 1, 2019, 11:13 pm Reply

I dont drink because ive never been a very sociable person or party person. Id rather chill at home watch a basketball game and chill. I did smoke alotta weed for a period but ive since cut down 10 fold. I drink a glass of wine maybe a few times a year with my parents thats about it.


Feb 2, 2019, 8:21 am Reply

I like to drink just to have fun. But… it does get old when I wake up feeling a bit more miserable than usual.

Lance Rothman

Mar 3, 2019, 9:09 pm Reply

If you ever want justification to not drink alcohol, or never drink it for that matter, simply look in the comments here. The amount of rabid drinkers going after the non drinkers is rather astounding…

Besides, weed is actually good for you unlike alchohol lmao

consciousnick –

Apr 4, 2019, 4:38 pm Reply

I've always hated alcohol. It wasn't east, living in a small town full of alcohol lovers. Nothing like having some shit-faced buffoon in your face saying "what do you mean you don't drink!? Yes you do! Here, you'll like this!" Morons

Remelem Csodbementek

Apr 4, 2019, 12:25 pm Reply

A driver main? Da real mvp.


Jul 7, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

I was scared straight from ever drinking the stuff, my older brother destroyed his life with alcohol (figuratively speaking ) and has caused so much undue grief and loss to himself and those around him. He's long since dropped drinking, but I always wonder how much better off he would have been if he never picked up alcohol since he's still a cool guy. From my point of view, I see what alcohol is capable of turning people into and I want nothing to do with it.

Jonathan Maderos

Oct 10, 2019, 10:41 am Reply

I am the only family member on my dads side who doesn’t drink. Luckily I live with my moms side.
And I really don’t drink just because I hate the taste.

Alwyn Owen

Nov 11, 2019, 2:56 pm Reply

Marijuana will always be the successor in health and pleasure

trigger warning

Nov 11, 2019, 12:52 am Reply

I´m 22 and quit drinking a year and a half ago , when I first told my friends they did not quite get it and tried to sway me into keep drinking , I´m not gonna lie it was hard to resist the temptation but know 19 months later I feel better than ever , I am much thinner and dont even have an interest anymore , I could be at a houseparty where everyone is drinking and I´m like whatever, i don´t care

trigger warning

Nov 11, 2019, 12:55 am Reply

I am fascinated by how the media keeps fearmongering about pot while alcohol has destroyed so many people and also families whereas pot hasn´t killed anyone to this day . I´m not doing either drug , but there is no point intreating pot different from booze

Shahzeb Noorani

Nov 11, 2019, 5:14 am Reply

My reason’s for not drinking, I was told in childhood by religion, parents, school. Also I have no interest and I see no reason to, plus, even if drinking responsibly, your still putting stuff in the body that don’t belong in your body, alcohol over time with responsibility puts stress on your liver. My last reason is that I want to be fully functional at all times, I plan to start building muscle and be a fully capable individual and I cannot do that with the addition of alcohol in my life, alcohol has become an escape for many but I chose to make the gym my escape from stress.

Johnny Maldonado

Nov 11, 2019, 8:15 pm Reply

Off topic , are u Hispanic ?

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