I know I’ll be lying if I say that I never drunk anything alcoholic at a tender age. I first tried drinking in high school. As far as I can remember, it started with a bottle of gin shared with a couple of childhood friends at my grandparent’s house while they were away. It was a stupid move, but I was young and pressured by my peers. As an adult, at least I already learned that drinking, as well as smoking, is not my thing. Alcohol is not good and it can only make me feel sick.
The last time I drank was 5 months ago. That time, I didn't even get to finish a shot of kamikaze! :)
I must be lucky to have a husband who drinks occasionally and only consumes alcohol when meeting old friends (which happens once in a blue moon). During our first 3 years, we used to frequent Greenbelt in Makati to drink and party till dawn. We would hang at Havana’s while listening to music, beer for him and pina colada for me. After the baby, we stopped the old habit and focused on parenting and earning a living together.
Quitting drinking can be very hard for other people. My father was a habitual drinker until he passed away, same with another relative who couldn’t have a baby due to excessive drinking. I believe though, that there are no excuses to those who REALLY want to quit. Nowadays, there are centers for those who are willing to abandon alcoholic addiction. So my piece of advice to friends who are struggling to quit, don't be afraid to look for help, ask a doctor or dial a support group. Stay sober to a longer life!