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Hey Crunchyroll!

Do you think it's important to friendship or dating to like drinking alcohol? I don't drink and as of late I feel like it's really limiting. Sometimes I get shrugged of or judged as a prude because I don't like drinking..... I've tried it lots of times but I just don't like it. I'm not afraid of trying new things or getting into a little trouble, or staying out late.

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I'm a sweet-tooth so naturally alcohol is not my thing as it's not sweet.

I suggest you try the sweet alcoholic drinks like Pina Colada or something. I can handle those. I just can't drink alcohol by itself like red wine or whiskey.



As for friendships, I think drinking is the last thing on my mind, I have other things on my checklist...
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It's horrible to not drink at all. In some ways, it is just as bad as drinking too much. At least it is for me.

I guess if you don't like it, that is fine. At least you aren't forcing other people to stop or preaching some sort of moral superiority.

Still, I'm sure you can find at least one drink or two that you enjoy. Part of it is a sort of training. I first began drinking wine. I had it throughout my life and enjoyed it in moderate amounts. I got into the whole party scene in late high school and in college and beer was terrible. I hated beer and still do. I also wasn't used to hard drinks in the beginning and people found it amusing that I only liked wine.

Then, one night, I had a well-made and balanced drink. I could not taste the alcohol in it. I had that drink over and over, and eventually branched out and now I can drink anything but most low end beers.
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Drinking water is very important to me, almost as important as drinking Coke Zero Cherry flavor.

Drinking beer is also, if its good beer. I'm talking Warsteiner not that Bud-Lite shit.

Drinking alcohol is just horrible to me. I keep trying it to see if it will taste better if I try different kinds but it doesn't. Not my thing.


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Besides that all. This question is ridiculous, you should be able to answer it on your own. Who cares if you drink or not? Alcohol isn't a way to build a friendship. It may be a way to end one though.

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Morbidhanson wrote:

It's horrible to not drink at all. In some ways, it is just as bad as drinking too much. At least it is for me.

I guess if you don't like it, that is fine. At least you aren't forcing other people to stop or preaching some sort of moral superiority.

Still, I'm sure you can find at least one drink or two that you enjoy. Part of it is a sort of training. I first began drinking wine. I had it throughout my life and enjoyed it in moderate amounts. I got into the whole party scene in late high school and in college and beer was terrible. I hated beer and still do. I also wasn't used to hard drinks in the beginning and people found it amusing that I only liked wine.

Then, one night, I had a well-made and balanced drink. I could not taste the alcohol in it. I had that drink over and over, and eventually branched out and now I can drink anything but most low end beers.


Wait hold up, if I don't like that drink cuz it taste bad, I'm an asshole? what?

If I don't like the feeling of being drunk or getting buzzed, I'm a jerk or preach superiority? wtf?

I sense insecurity


GayAsianBoy wrote:

I'm a sweet-tooth so naturally alcohol is not my thing as it's not sweet.

I suggest you try the sweet alcoholic drinks like Pina Colada or something. I can handle those. I just can't drink alcohol by itself like red wine or whiskey.



As for friendships, I think drinking is the last thing on my mind, I have other things on my checklist...


I have a sweet tooth too and prefer sweet alcohol
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Drinking is a BIG thing for me, though I'm also extremely introverted. So without it, meeting new people doesn't go as smoothly as if I was to drink. So for me since it's a bigger part of my whole ability to cut loose and socialize; yes for friendships it's most definitely great to have a drinking buddy, but it's not a deal breaker. I mean who doesn't want a voluntary DD. As for people pushing you away or judging you, fuck em. Who needs those kinda people around anyway.. it's almost enough to drive you to drinking.
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I don't drink so not very imorten to me
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designated drivers are very good people.
i have a friend who doesnt drink much. he might have a beer or two during the course of the night and as a result, he always drives and i cover his drinks and food.
jack and coke is sweet, some beers are sweet, some wines are sweet.
find a drink you can sip on during the night while youre out partying as the DD. or just drink coke.

if your friends are assholes because you dont drink then maybe they arent very good friends....
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I don't see any reason to drink, nor any importance to it. Other than getting drunk, there really doesn't seem like anything you can do that you can't do while not drinking. It actually limits what you can do (driving, thinking, maintaining fun conversations), so no, drinking is not important to me.

And if people harass you about not drinking, just tell them that weak livers run in the family or something (if you don't want to just outright tell them). There are plenty of excuses that should keep your friends from poking fun at you for it.
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I, personally, do not drink. I used to back in high school when I hung out with my classmates, but I never really enjoyed it so I saw no point in continuing it when I was in college. It's just my personal decision to stay sober and I have nothing against others who like to drink. I've seen what drinking can sometimes lead to so I just decided I'm perfectly fine without that in my life.

Now, making a decision whether to take up drinking or not should be your personal choice. If you really want to try other drinks to see which ones you might like, then go ahead. I don't see anything wrong with that. What I don't agree with at all is basing your decision on what other people think and tell you. It will be you who's drinking. It's your body you are putting alcohol into. Why should it matter what other people think, say, or do? You should take up drinking because you want to, not because other people are doing it and they'll like you better if you do.


Morbidhanson wrote:

It's horrible to not drink at all. In some ways, it is just as bad as drinking too much. At least it is for me.



Please elaborate. I'm quite interested to hear what you have to say.
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pandrasb wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:

It's horrible to not drink at all. In some ways, it is just as bad as drinking too much. At least it is for me.

I guess if you don't like it, that is fine. At least you aren't forcing other people to stop or preaching some sort of moral superiority.

Still, I'm sure you can find at least one drink or two that you enjoy. Part of it is a sort of training. I first began drinking wine. I had it throughout my life and enjoyed it in moderate amounts. I got into the whole party scene in late high school and in college and beer was terrible. I hated beer and still do. I also wasn't used to hard drinks in the beginning and people found it amusing that I only liked wine.

Then, one night, I had a well-made and balanced drink. I could not taste the alcohol in it. I had that drink over and over, and eventually branched out and now I can drink anything but most low end beers.


Wait hold up, if I don't like that drink cuz it taste bad, I'm an asshole? what?

If I don't like the feeling of being drunk or getting buzzed, I'm a jerk or preach superiority? wtf?

I sense insecurity


GayAsianBoy wrote:

I'm a sweet-tooth so naturally alcohol is not my thing as it's not sweet.

I suggest you try the sweet alcoholic drinks like Pina Colada or something. I can handle those. I just can't drink alcohol by itself like red wine or whiskey.



As for friendships, I think drinking is the last thing on my mind, I have other things on my checklist...


I have a sweet tooth too and prefer sweet alcohol


I think you need to read more carefully. Or comprehend more accurately.
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demongurrl13 wrote:

I, personally, do not drink. I used to back in high school when I hung out with my classmates, but I never really enjoyed it so I saw no point in continuing it when I was in college. It's just my personal decision to stay sober and I have nothing against others who like to drink. I've seen what drinking can sometimes lead to so I just decided I'm perfectly fine without that in my life.

Now, making a decision whether to take up drinking or not should be your personal choice. If you really want to try other drinks to see which ones you might like, then go ahead. I don't see anything wrong with that. What I don't agree with at all is basing your decision on what other people think and tell you. It will be you who's drinking. It's your body you are putting alcohol into. Why should it matter what other people think, say, or do? You should take up drinking because you want to, not because other people are doing it and they'll like you better if you do.


Morbidhanson wrote:

It's horrible to not drink at all. In some ways, it is just as bad as drinking too much. At least it is for me.



Please elaborate. I'm quite interested to hear what you have to say.


It's just become so ingrained in my weekly routine. To start off the weekend, I like to have a glass of wine. I love sake and I love wine. If I go out with friends, I like to order a drink or two. I appreciate the feeling of happiness that it brings. It can enhance the mood and make talks really genuine and interesting. TBH, I dislike staying completely sober for months at a time. I see nothing wrong with being not sober, as long as one is not roaring drunk and causing trouble and doing great harm to themselves and the people around them.

In its own way, it is also a nice bonding session with trustworthy friends. Go out every couple of weeks, drink, watch movies and smoke a little in a comfortable house while listening to music, wake up the following day feeling super chill.

People who understand won't make fun of people who don't drink. Taste is understandable, especially at first. But the feeling of being not sober self? I find that it is a great stress reliever. It's a different feeling from going to the gym or eating good food, etc. I personally view it as no different from the 'feelgood' that other activities bring and, thus, I do not understand why a lot of conservative people condone alcohol/drug use. Sure, it might be harmful if I drink a lot but that usually isn't the case. And most everything is capable of doing noticeable harm if indulged in too much.
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For celebration and otherwise . I'm not a casual drinker but when I do , I just mix until it taste like soda .
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I mean, I don't drink, so drinking isn't important to me at all!

Not drinking is as big a deal as you make of it really. If you get invited out somewhere and your response is "I don't drink" then yeah other people are going to pick up on it and poke a little fun. If you just go out and enjoy yourself while sticking to the non-alcoholic stuff, then people just tend to shrug it off in my experience.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

It's just become so ingrained in my weekly routine. To start off the weekend, I like to have a glass of wine. If I go out with friends, I like to order a drink or two. I appreciate the feeling of happiness that it brings. TBH, I dislike staying completely sober for weeks and months. I see nothing wrong with being not sober, as long as one is not roaring drunk and causing trouble and doing great harm to themselves and the people around them.

In its own way, it is also a nice bonding session with trustworthy friends. Go out every couple of weeks, drink, watch movies and smoke a little in a comfortable house while listening to music, wake up the following day feeling super chill.

Taste is understandable, especially at first. But the feeling of being not sober self? I find that it is a great stress reliever. It's a different feeling from going to the gym or eating good food, etc. I personally view it as no different from the 'feelgood' that other activities bring and, thus, I do not understand why a lot of conservative people condone alcohol/drug use. Sure, it might be harmful if I drink a lot but that usually isn't the case. And most everything is capable of doing noticeable harm if indulged in too much.


I see, so you are talking in a more personal sense like it's horrible if you do not drink at all? When I read it, I kind of thought you were talking about not drinking in general. But I can understand what you mean. I really have nothing against that. If you can control / moderate your own vice, then there's no harm, I guess.

To be honest even if you drink 24/7, it's your body and your life that it's affecting and it has absolutely nothing to do with me, so I really don't care either way. That's just how I look at it. I was really just curious about what you were trying to say.
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