The BDC Tribe has a story to tell

BDC was founded by a group of friends sharing personal stories about their drinking experiences. We discovered that all of our stories had one common thread... Drinking too much sucks, and that nearly every negative consequence related to alcohol was the result of drinking too much.

We are a tribe—by the people, for the people. Our stories inspired us, and were the catalyst for the BDC movement. Your stories have the power to inspire others, and to empower them to drink better and live healthier... #BecauseHangoversSuck.

Below are *real stories from the BDC tribe. 

We got your back.

*Some names and other identifying characteristics may be changed to respect our Tribe's privacy. Edits have been made only in cases to ensure context or readability; otherwise, words are true to our Tribe.

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I’m really bad when it comes to drinking alcohol. I don't drink often, but when I do, it can go in three directions: 1) I just have a few beers or wine and things run smoothly, 2) I have a little more than I should, but still have an amazing time with just few blackouts (that I’m used to), or 3) I drink too much, and don't remember anything, Literally nothing. Which is something that usually brings regret, big mistakes, doing things I would never, ever do sober, hurting other people and self-hate (not sure if that's a word).

I’m really amazed at how I feel like it was someone else doing those things, not me. But at the end of the day, it was me, not knowing when to stop because I feel invincible, and like I'm the life of the party.

I'm close to turning 30, and I honestly just want to feel in control, and be more responsible when it comes to alcohol. I don't want it to feel like I’m gambling every time I drink, where things could go either amazingly well or terribly wrong. I think we have this idea (or at least I used to) that when we are a little tipsy, the more we drink the more epic and fun things are going to get. And the next day we realize that we were more wrong than we ever could have known. In my case I’m really bad at knowing when to stop which makes it kind of scary at times.

I’ve had some terrible experiences because of alcohol and it wasn't until recently that I realized that it is not worth it. Being drunk is not worth the pain. I can drink one beer and still have fun.

I ran into your website, and really think this is amazing, especially for younger people. If younger me could have learned how to drink and keep things under control, I don’t think I would feel the way I feel today.

It changes who you are, and the consequences can be so big and hurtful. So, I’m just really interested in what you guys do and definitely would love to be a part of this.

Thank you and warm regards,


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I'd like to share a fond memory. I attended high school in England during the late '90s. I was at a young age that I learned and agree with appropriate social drinking. We learned behaviors, we understood consequences, and then I went to WMU. Suddenly, I had to wait 3 years to regain my right to drink. Personally, I believe the lack of education at an appropriate age, 17-18, when interest and peer pressure is at its peak, is directly related to a binge culture. These issues exist in Europe, sure, but in far less #s, and a significantly narrower window of time. I believe is education first, understanding, and then appreciation. How can I help?

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I just wanted to say thank you for starting BDC. Although I have always been health-conscious (I'm pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health), my drinking habits have occasionally led me to make poor choices—particularly one I made in early 2016 that resulted in an OWI. Thankfully, there was no accident and no injures. I learned from my mistakes, and will never drink and drive again. An article from BDC changed my outlook on drinking, and helped me see that drinking better and safely is an option. and that by doing so sampling a variety of the great beers people brew in Michigan isn't out of the question.

Thanks again for all that you do and please let me know if there's ever a chance to "rep" or work together. 

P.S. I think that a BDC-branded podcast would be an interesting listen!

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Faye pickelman, Soul Squeeze Cellars

We believe in your mission and would love our brand to be associated with a positive and healthy drinking culture!



Hi! We actually just stumbled across this site looking for something else! However, we're an alcohol-free household as we both have friends and family who have experienced tragedy because of alcohol abuse. We want to make sure we raise our kids to understand that they don't need it to have a good time—they're interesting enough exactly the way God made them!

My husband has stories of his grandfather getting drunk, and beating the heck out of him. He also has a cousin that was so drunk he fell/jumped out a third story window, and died. My sister gets up in the morning and needs to drink vodka. We have enough reasons not to drink. We've never needed it to have a good time. We don't think stories about hangovers are interesting. We want to be fully present to create our own great life!



It's 9:56 a.m. I'm drinking water like it's no one's business, and I love you.



I love to drink but only quality stuff, and max two drinks a night.