Don't pressure others to drink alcohol, pleas Call The Midwife actor

Francesca Specter
·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
A Twitter thread highlighted the pressure non-drinkers feel in social situations. [Photo: Getty]
A Twitter thread highlighted the pressure non-drinkers feel in social situations. [Photo: Getty]

Actor Stephen McGann, who stars in ‘Call The Midwife’, has highlighted the problematic nature of pressuring someone to drink alcohol.

In a Twitter post, Stephen, 55, shared his ‘seasonal request’ for festive revellers to be more sensitive to those around them.

Almost one in five (19%) of British adults either haven’t consumed alcohol in the last year or classify themselves as non-drinkers, according to a survey – so people choosing to abstain from alcohol is hardly unheard of.

Despite this, Stephen appeared to touch a nerve among non-drinkers, who quickly shared their own experiences of being pressured to drink.

Some associated alcohol with going through a difficult time in their lives, while others said they abstained due to a previous addiction.

One individual shared that their job prevented them from drinking alcohol.

Others revealed they chose not to drink alcohol for health reasons.

The thread also highlighted the problematic nature of asking someone if they aren’t drinking because they are pregnant.

Many had found their decision to not drink interrogated by others, or had felt judged in social situations.

As we become increasingly aware of the effect alcohol can have on our mental health, Stephen’s 600-comment-long thread is an important reminder that there are many different reasons people choose to abstain from alcohol, and often these are reasons they may not want to admit to in public.

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