Bars aren't that fun when you can only drink water
"I would never, ever go to a bar out of choice," Linda said. "I mean, I'll end up at bars for birthday parties or things like that... but I'm kind of an introvert anyway. I think a lot of people like me would use alcohol as a way to loosen up and lose their inhibitions, but I can't do that."
"New Year's Eve is like... my least favorite night of the year," Baron said. "And there's always this time of the night, at every bar or party -- I call it the 'magic hour,' where people start really feeling their drinks and it's hard to be the only person at the party who isn't feeling that way. That's when I usually leave."
It's kind of depressing when all your friends are taking shots and touting big boys, but Linda and Baron both acknowledge a certain intoxicating feeling that occurs when you are around a bunch of people getting blotto, even while staying as sober as a Mormon doing a dry-January think piece.
"I smoke weed fairly often... but most of the time [in social settings] I'm totally sober. What's funny though is I've noticed I get a 'second-hand buzz' when around intoxicated people sometimes and then act silly too. It's like when everyone else's inhibitions are down, mine go down with them," said Linda.
"I'm not the kind of person with a lot of inhibitions in the first place, I think most people, when they talk to me at parties, just assume I've been drinking like everyone else. It's just my personality," said Baron. "I think people have to drink to keep up with me."
But, the occasional "accident" will definitely happen
Linda and Baron's allergies are so severe, foods with trace amounts of alcohol (like disgusting fruitcakes) are enough to trigger their allergies. Listerine, Benadryl, liquor-infused chocolates -- allergic reactions don't discern. If it has alcohol in it, it can make these women sick.
Both confided that they have to be especially cognizant while eating out at restaurants, as so many dishes use alcohol. Sometimes, they slip up, though.
"A while ago I had a job interview, and my friend bought me this little cake -- kind of wishing me good luck. I scarfed it down a couple bites without even really thinking.. .right before my interview. As you can probably guess, yep, it had alcohol in it. I started sweating bullets and had the feeling I was like, going to die. I had to get out of there. Needless to say, the interview didn't go so well," Linda told me.
The worst part is when people don't believe you
If someone told you they were deathly allergic to mangos, you wouldn't laugh it off and spike their sushi with mango juice -- sounds a little malicious, right? For Linda and Baron, they are constantly batting away scoffing critics who think they are "making it up."
"That really is the worst part, that people don't believe you -- they think you are making it up and make some corny joke like 'oh yeah, me too -- it causes me to make bad decisions.' Most people have never met someone allergic to alcohol before, and they just can't comprehend it," Baron said.
Linda said that all too often people will doubt her claims, and even make fun of her, or assume she is a prude. She even said that occasionally people will try to peer pressure her into taking a drink, or even just give her an alcoholic drink, anyway.