Sober woman is supported for drinking milk at sister’s wedding

Members of a popular internet forum were stunned after a woman revealed the “quite absurd” reason her family is currently fighting.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITeA**hole, Redditor u/brisketbirb (aka Original Poster or OP) said that she quit drinking four months ago and brought milk to her sister’s wedding, to avoid alcohol, detailing the heated aftermath of that diary-related decision.

Captioned: “[Am I the a**hole] because I drank half a gallon of milk at my sister’s wedding?” The post has garnered more than 7,500 votes and nearly 800 comments since May 24.

The original poster said her youngest sister packed her a bag of soft drinks for the wedding, strained a handful of iced coffees and juices before finding what she was really looking for: half a gallon of milk.

“I would have a drink with pretty much every meal,” the OP wrote. “I know it’s a bit weird for an adult, but what can I say[?] I like this.”

While other wedding guests were drinking alcohol, the original poster stated that she was sipping her milk, accidentally attracting the attention of several family members, including the bride.

“I poured myself something [milk] when everyone else was drinking alcohol…I think I felt nervous and a little tense because I was in a group where most people were drinking heavily for the first time since I got sober,” the OP wrote. “So I kept fidgeting and nervously drinking from my cup. Honestly a lot like how I would [compulsively] Drank alcohol in the past.”

“Before I knew it, my uncle was like, ‘Damn, did you just drink all that milk?'” OP continued. “I think it became a running joke among everyone there, like people just started talking about it[.]”

“The day after the wedding, [my sister] confronted me that she didn’t appreciate my “stunt”. I was confused and she said so [she] I heard I drank a gallon of milk,” OP added. “I said it was half a gallon [but] She didn’t think it was funny and was convinced I was doing it for fun.”

Wedding season, which defines brides from late spring to early fall, is a pricy time of year, due in part to alcohol.

Earlier this year, The Knot released its 2021 Real Weddings Study, which breaks down each part of a wedding and the associated costs. And while the survey found what most wedding guests already know — that 93 percent of couples serve alcohol at their wedding — the actual cost of alcohol can be astounding.

In 2021, couples hosting weddings with fewer than 50 attendees spent an average of $1,300 on alcohol alone.

For weddings of 100 or more, that number rose to over $3,000, and with inflation rates soaring, couples getting married in 2022 are sure to pay a lot more for alcohol than they did last year.

While 67 percent of couples surveyed by The Knot said they fund an open bar for their wedding, cost isn’t the only concern when it comes to serving adult drinks.

For those beginning their sobriety journey and for those who have had several clean years, wedding season can be a difficult and stressful time of year. From morning mimosas to champagne toasts, weddings and the celebrations that accompany them often encourage alcohol consumption, especially when drinks are free.

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Members of Reddit’s r/AmITeA**hole forum defended a woman who said she drank milk at her sister’s wedding to avoid drinking.
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Across the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors applauded the original poster for drinking milk instead of alcohol at the wedding, calling out to her family to theorize that it was an attention-grabbing “stunt” rather than a health-conscious decision.

“[Not the a**hole]’ wrote Redditor u/Candid-Square-8889 in the top comment of the post, which received almost 14,000 votes.

“I literally can’t understand the reaction of your sister and your parents,” they continued. “Maybe sarcasm is your friend here? ,Yes, it is true. You got me. I planned all the ways I could ruin your wedding and realized that the most exciting and dramatic way would be to have some milk with dinner.'”

Redditor u/Zee79, whose comment received more than 2,000 votes, offered a similar answer.

“Your family seems full of ruthless assholes,” they wrote. “If your [family] If you knew about your sobriety issues, you should really be able to process this and how damaging it can be to draw attention to your soft drink drinking.”

“I’m a little at a loss as to why there weren’t any soft drinks, to the point where you and your underage sibling felt the need to pack some,” added Redditor u/Glass_Statue_5837 angrily.

In a separate comment, Redditor u/TheTrueGoatMom ​​congratulated the original poster on her four-month sobriety and assured that drinking milk at her sister’s wedding was far from the worst-case scenario.

“You could have drunk alcohol. You could have gotten stupid drunk,” they wrote. “You could have made a huge drunk ass out of yourself at the wedding… and REALLY embarrassed your family.”

“You didn’t,” they added. “You drank milk.” Sober woman is supported for drinking milk at sister’s wedding

Rick Schindler

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