I'm actually pretty straight laced when it comes to illegal substances. I think I'm too much of a control freak, the thought of taking something that could impair me and make me lose control scares me more than any of the alleged health concerns.
Nope, never in my life. Never even been drunk. It's not that I'm so straight-laced, I just hate altered perceptions of reality. I don't even like taking cold medicine for that reason. Oh my god, I just bored MYSELF.
I grew up in a different time. I was afraid to try cigarettes because I just knew I'd get sick and the bigger boys would make fun of me. My grandfather later asked me to promise that I wouldn't smoke. That was an easy promise.
The alcohol drinkers in our area were basically the dregs of society (or else that kept their drinking very well hidden) except for the German Catholic community where alcohol was just a part of their life. Back then we were pretty well separated from them. That has changed completely now.
I did smoke a pipe for one semester at college, partly because my mother had told me that my father once smoked a pipe to make himself look older. He was only 18 when they got married. She was almost 20. Pipes are too much trouble, but even that form of tobacco smoking can become addictive.
I was thinking about getting high and talked my best friend about it. She told me that I would be a paranoid stoner and that I wouldn't enjoy it. I considered what she said and realized that she was right (she knows me really well). Since then, I haven't really thought about getting high. I really don't have any desire to.