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Changing Kiwi booze culture: Confessions of a teetotaller

TEUILA GRACE TUALAULELEI
Last updated 11:30 12/12/2012

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For health reasons I stopped drinking alcohol nine years ago.

Peer pressure etc has never applied to me, although I do get the occasional long stare for not being an imbiber and 'don't you get bored'? is a common question.

What does bore me when I go out socialising - be it a bar, or someone's home - is the preoccupation with drinking; conversations are secondary and drinking to excess is the main event. I tend to disappear around 10.30-11.00pm as peoples' attention-spans and awareness go side-ways.

Alcohol is a fantastic drug, don't get me wrong. But when it is perpetually used to give someone extra help to be more attractive, more funny, more sexy, more confident, more in-tune etc then it becomes a very dangerous drug.

The way alcohol is marketed no one would think it can kill you when over-consumed. But it is very addictive; it is a depressant; it steals your looks, especially for women.

I think alcohol has an insidious ability to fool people in to thinking that without it life would be very boring. Personally, people need to be more creative, honest, and courageous to not buy in to it.

In the morning we're still the same people, though probably poorer and sicker from the experience of over-indulging, and doing silly things while drunk.


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