What People Would Sound Like if They Pressured You to Eat Food Like They Do to Drink Alcohol

Marissa Nichol
3 min readMar 14, 2020
Photo by Helena Lopes

“I don’t care if you don’t like the taste of strawberry. Eat the cake.”

I cut back on drinking in 2019 and the less vodka cranberries I ordered, the more I realized how much people around me cared.

I still like to drink a glass of Pinot Grigio at home or cocktails at a bar to unwind, and I don’t dislike being around others who drink more than me. Sometimes I just don’t find drinking alcohol worth becoming too bloated to eat my tacos before they arrive at my table. And I definitely would rather not wake up the next day questioning if my friends noticed I laughed too long at something they said and what I did that annoyed them that I don’t even remember doing.

The shocked reactions of my friends started to roll in at all times of the day and in any setting. When I began to be judged for ordering water at lunch rather than partaking in a pitcher of beer when I don’t even like beer, I realized no one else cares as much about what other people do than when it comes to alcohol.

In trying to understand why they care so much, I started to wonder what would it sound like if they acted this way with my other choices of consumption. I imagine it would go like this:

“I don’t care if you don’t like the taste of strawberry. Eat the cake.”

“Aw, marinara is too acidic for your stomach? Stop being such a baby and swallow the pizza.”

“Well, I just ordered you a bowl of soup, so it looks like you’re going to have to eat it!”

“You’re full? Really, you’re one of those?”

“You never struggled with a dairy addiction, you didn’t grow up with anyone who did, and you don’t have a health condition? What reason do you have to not shove this cheese in your mouth then?”

“Are you seriously not going to eat the guacamole I…

Marissa Nichol

I write and watch films from my New York City apartment. BS in journalism from Kent State University. IG: @honeylandpoetry