Sometimes you don’t feel like drinking. It could be after a particularly bad weekend where you chugged a bottle of wine and threw up on yourself, or you could just not enjoy getting drunk. Whatever your reason for opting out, it’s totally okay to stay sober.

While it might bother some people that you’re not drinking, especially at a big party or a club, don’t let anyone make you feel like you need to drink to have a good time. Annnddd, if you’re the person who’s trying to guilt people into drinking alcohol when they don’t want to then you’re being a bit of a shit person, end of story.

1. You can change your mind

Just because you’ve said you’re not drinking that night (or ever) doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind. Unless your mate is counting on you to be deso, there’s no reason why you can’t have a couple of drinks after you’ve already said no. I’m not saying let yourself be pressured into having a few bevvies by your friends who are already smashed, but if you feel like you want to change your mind that’s cool.

2. Save money

Adding up all the costs of drinking is super expensive, which is most of us avoid looking at our bank accounts after any night out. From pres, to over priced drinks, to a sneaky drunk feed at Maccas after then the Uber home; if you’re having a big night, it’s pretty easy to lose track of your spending. Staying sober means you can save all this cash, and be able to buy whatever you want the next day without wondering if your card will get declined.

3. You know what to do if something goes wrong

Being the sober mum of the group isn’t always ideal and looking after your drunk mates probably isn’t how you want to spend your weekend. But, staying sober means if something happens to go wrong (your mate can’t stop throwing up, it looks like a fight is about to start, or someone keeps hitting on your best friend after she’s said no), you’ll have a clear head and be able to handle it (or call someone who can).

4. You won’t drunk text/call/snap your ex

Without the alcohol inhibiting your common sense, you’ll never be that person who drunk texts an ex asking them to come and hang out after you haven’t spoken to them in months.

5. Less drama

Drinking breeds drama and vomit. Staying sober means you can avoid both of these. While you might get angry at your friend who gets too messy and is dumped on you to look after, you’ll be in the right state of mind to process anything that happens rationally, and not blow up or break down over a tiny thing.