I’m going to be honest with you that I was planning on “drinking” on my birthday this year up until a couple of weeks ago. Nothing happened monumentally that would have changed my mindset, I just simply have come to the conclusion that I have gone twenty-one full year's without drinking, so why start now? What’s the point?


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I’ll be candid, I had the exact same reaction when I was offered weed a year or so back. I went so long without smoking it, why start now? I have accomplished so much in my life so far, and I'm I guess I'm proud to be a marijuana-free millennial (for the record, I agree with the legalization of marijuana, so don’t think I'm taking a political stance).

I guess the big thing that is holding me back from drinking, is addiction. Call me naive, or even an idiot - but addiction is something that petrifies me because of experiences I have had with loved ones, and friends when I was younger.  I have always been a person in control, it’s in my nature. I need to have complete control of any situation that I might be in.

I’m not going to sit here and advocate that I am never going to have a drink, in fact, I’m probably going to have a beer with my father soon after publishing this post - but when it comes down to it - I will refuse to let alcohol be a big part of my birthday.

A new report released earlier this week by CNN and CBS talks about “moderate drinking” corrodes and damages your brain as you get older. This report goes on to debunk others that would suggest drinking a glass of wine once a day is “not all that bad”.

What do you think? When did you start drinking? How have you overcome addiction?