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Why I don't drink...

"Hey Tom, what are ya drinkin'?"

For a non-drinker, no other question can cause more angst. Or bring up more questions.

I've found that people tend to generally look down upon and in some cases, not trust people who don't drink. I've been asked if I'm an alcoholic*. I've been asked about my religion. I've been asked if I'm sick. I've even been asked if I didn't like the people I was with.

Now, for the record, let me say that I LOVE Guinness. I LOVE dirty gin martinis. I LOVE Jack Daniels. Hell, I even like wine. So it's not that I don't like to drink. That's not the case at all. So, why don't I drink? Let's jump into the time machine and go back to 1998...

I was in the Marines and while driving in a convoy on I-5 in California, the small truck I was driving was hit by a big truck. You know, the type with 18 wheels. To make a very long story short, I ended up losing my spleen. For those of you that don't know, t…