I gave up drinking once I got diagnonsised with migraines. I was having them 2 or more times a week and it would take me at least a full day to recover from the migraine. Post migraine I would also have very bad mood swings which extremely difficult for me to deal with. They would keep me in bed to the same degree the headache pain would.
I don’t miss drinking alcohol at all. The risk of having to experience another one of those horrible migraines that I can potentially avoid by not drinking is just not worth it to me. I still get migraines but I try to avoid anything that might bring them on and I take Topamax to help prevent them.
There are two other good reasons for me not to drink, but these are not why I choose not to. One is that I also have epilepsy and two is that both my mother and brother are recovering addicts and I was advised not to drink since I was considered higher risk for addiction with two first degree relatives with substance abuse problems. So knowing that I’ve never been a big drinker anyway since I didn’t want to end up like them.
Well, my friends and my boyfriend seem uncomfortable that I’ve quit drinking. I feel like it’s a closed issue that should never be discussed again but they often ask if I’m sure I don’t want something. Today my boyfriend even said you don’t know if it’ll give you a headache. I don’t see why people care whether or not I’m drinking. It doesn’t bother me, why does it bother them?