Obviously no one needs to make themselves like it if they don't want to. :) But a lot of those beverages can be delicious and fun, so why not try them out? A lot of it can also be good for you (green tea, red wine...not hard liquor obviously hehe) with minimal to no negative health effects when taken in moderation. I don't recommend going overboard on any of it, especially alcohol, but it all sort of has its time and place to me. :) I was freaking out insane worried when my hubby wanted to start drinking that he was going to go off the deep end and be drunk all the time. He has a beer with friends occasionally. That's it. No big deal.
And there is a BIG difference between drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. You have to drink a SHIT TON of coffee regularly before it starts having any negative effects on your body at all. A cup a day isn't enough. And it isn't anywhere close to as addictive.
I totally get and respect why you choose to abstain from alcohol given your health issues, but also as you seem to have partied pretty hard in your day and have seen people get hurt. My friends who did the partying thing in high school likewise put themselves into some pretty ridiculous situations in the name of alcohol.
I don't have anywhere near as much as a drink a day. I have a drink very occasionally socially or with a nice dinner. I think most people here seem very cautious about trying alcohol, I don't see anyone acting like a 13 year old. I didn't try alcohol ever growing up, and I'm glad I didn't - I wouldn't have wanted to when I was a minor and quite a bit more emotionally volatile. I had my first drink when I was 21 and I drink very responsibly. And I think most of those on here didn't have the experience in HS or college, and it's natural to be curious about something that has been forbidden your entire life. I try to take a moderate, balanced approach to life after being in such an extreme church.
Coffee, tea tobacco and alcohol usually takes time to acquire the taste. I did not partake before and do not really have a desire to spend the money on it. Wine and bear taste terrible, I am not even going to consider tobacco, Coffee flavor is ok, but a cup of it is too strong for me, I do like some teas. In particular Chinese green tea. That’s my take on it
I had tasted very few alcoholic drinks, one cigarette and only herbal teas, as a member and none of them very good. Since leaving the LDS religion I have more thoroughly sought the truth in all things. Alcohol at least for me is not immediately addictive. I have found a few drinks that I like, Long Islands when out with friends socially and Kraken rum, which I drink a couple times a month, usually a shot before going to bed really helps me get to sleep quickly. I got that idea from hearing stories of centenarians who attribute some of their longevity to a nightly drink. I like tea but still don't like coffee, I have always been put off by the smell, but will have to for the sake of science try some of the better coffees, to be fair.
That being said, if you do not have a desire to pursue these beverages, then don't worry about it. Some of them unlike what is taught in religion is actually healthy for you, in moderation. Being older I did not dive into drinking with the reckless abandonment of youth, sometimes inspired by peer pressure. I did it after study, prayer and receiving a witness from the Holy Ghost... well thoughtful contemplation and asking non-imaginary friends who's opinions I respected.