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I don't get hungover (even after more than one fifth). I have taken tests while still under the influence and scored just as well as when sober. I can also say it does not affect my accuracy in darts. It isn't superb to begin with, merely passable, but it stays the same. I have never done or said anything under the influence that I would not have sober. So many negatives most associate with drinking aren't even factors for me.

I enjoy different alcoholic beverages for different reasons. Good cheap potato vodka or real moonshine either one has a nice heat and are great with a dash of Tabasco and some pepper. Dark rums are wonderfully tasty and mix well with a number of things. Whiskey can be very tasty and also mixes well. Good tequilas mix very well with fruit juices and taste delicious straight, more so than anything besides a good rum for hard liquors. Gin is decent. Brandy can be rather tasty. Schnapps are like the candy of liquors.

Beers can be very tasty and sometimes even nutritious. No crummy watered down garbage though. My current favorites are Belgian Whites and Scottish Ales.

Drinking alcohol shouldn't seem that odd. After all, carbonated beverages are very popular and they are carbonic acid. You can literally use the more potent ones to clean dried blood from the road after an accident. Alcohol as a beverage is far less strange than drinking acids that can dissolve organic matter!

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SurvivingHorror wrote:

My dad actually gave me a beer when I was little.


Mine too, super dad wanted me to be just like him with the same alcoholism.

I think people drink because they either like the taste or because it takes the weight off being expected to act responsibly.
except when it's beer, that tastes horrible and I think people only enjoy it through acquired taste (peer pressure until they learn to like it)


I hated beer. Then a buddy convinced me to try some dark beer from a real tap, I loved it. It wasn't really an acquired taste so much as some beer is awesome and some beer is terrible. If you try to give me a "bud light" I will refuse it. Wee Mac Scottish ale? Can I have a keg please? There are people that have to acquire a taste for coffee and there are people that like it black first try. Same for beer I think.
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Reveal opposite personality Not sure what you been drinking
Burning throat This shit is why i love me some vodka the burn is amazing!

Kills brain cells. ....ok first of all that is a myth and second of all did you know more intelligent people tend to drink then those who are not intelligent
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Ryulightorb wrote:

Reveal opposite personality Not sure what you been drinking
Burning throat This shit is why i love me some vodka the burn is amazing!

Kills brain cells. ....ok first of all that is a myth and second of all did you know more intelligent people tend to drink then those who are not intelligent

Brain cells - no. But excessive drinking has been shown to cause neurological damage which is generally repairable by the body, long term in alcoholics can prove to be problematic. Example from How Stuff Works.

Also, as a professionally licensed engineer with a Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering who doesn't drink, I don't necessarily believe there is any correlation between intelligence and alcohol consumption. ;)


On the topic at hand - I drank in my youth. Part of the reason was enjoying the taste of certain beverages (I used to like the taste of beer). Another reason was that alcoholic beverages did provide a form of relaxation for me. I felt more relaxed, more comfortable after a few drinks.

But, I don't drink anymore. I attend a dry church and about 4 years ago, decided that as a leader in the church I needed to lead by example and not drink. So I stopped. Haven't really been tempted since - I don't miss it.
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mdmrn wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:

Reveal opposite personality Not sure what you been drinking
Burning throat This shit is why i love me some vodka the burn is amazing!

Kills brain cells. ....ok first of all that is a myth and second of all did you know more intelligent people tend to drink then those who are not intelligent

Brain cells - no. But excessive drinking has been shown to cause neurological damage which is generally repairable by the body, long term in alcoholics can prove to be problematic. Example from How Stuff Works.

Also, as a professionally licensed engineer with a Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering who doesn't drink, I don't necessarily believe there is any correlation between intelligence and alcohol consumption. ;)


On the topic at hand - I drank in my youth. Part of the reason was enjoying the taste of certain beverages (I used to like the taste of beer). Another reason was that alcoholic beverages did provide a form of relaxation for me. I felt more relaxed, more comfortable after a few drinks.

But, I don't drink anymore. I attend a dry church and about 4 years ago, decided that as a leader in the church I needed to lead by example and not drink. So I stopped. Haven't really been tempted since - I don't miss it.


Yes but thats just proof of everything in moderation and well there is proof online is more of a psychological thing but they found people who were open to drinking alcohol were more intelligent then those who abstained completely.

Ofcourse that does not mean drinkers are smart but it's just a trend that's been picked up over the years.

Though it's good you decided not to drink it's a waste of money i believe.
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I had two friends who got drunk and went out on the interstate and ran under a semi. One of them died. My adopted son watched his alcoholic father drink himself to death and actually watched him die. Drinking isn't worth it, especially when there are other options, like water. I understand that in some places the water isn't safe, but I don't think that is true in most of the developed world these days
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3. Shattered memories (Trying to remember what happened the day before)
4. The possibility of someone taking sexual advantage while drunk


I've been told those were some of the most exciting nights of my life.

As for being taken advantage of sexually, it's always interesting to wake up in bed with two women and only a vague recollection of how you got there.


*I stopped drinking over 20 years ago. It was the thing to do while overseas in the Navy, not so much since then.

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To get away from reality.


Isn't that what anime, games and internet is for?
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Because its cool and all the other kids are doing it. But on a serious note because alcohol is a legal drug, and being sober is mundane. If I'm going out i am going to get drunk, it increases confidence you just have that feeling where you don't care what happens (useful for approaching women) and i just over all like the feeling. I generally don't go too hard i.e. drinking to excess of vomiting although I did that a lot before i learnt my pace and tolerance. I don't really get hangovers because i usually drink water in between drinks. And the other point of killing brain cells.... who cares? we've got billions of them, if i have to forfeit a few to get drunk then I'm fine with that. If you spend your whole life worrying about what is healthy and what isn't then you probably haven't lived a very enjoyable life. Just do shit if its fun, whatever.
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Its like ridding a roller coaster. When you break it down an examine each part of the process it doesn't sound worth it or enjoyable. But at a maco level its a lot of fun.
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This is probably the most eloquent defense of the pastime I've seen. If nothing else, I'd suggest reading No. 8. It's, I think, my favorite part of the article:

Modern Drunkard Magazine - The 10 Best Things About Booze
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Drinking is kind of like a hobby, I guess. Doing it to excess is bad, but some people have fun drinking alcohol. If you don't find it fun, then that's fine too - not everyone likes knitting or collecting stamps but it would be weird to make them join in.

I say this from the perspective of a person for whom drinking more often than not makes me feel really ill even if it's just a little bit.
The way my husband tried to explain the effects of alcohol was that when you're drunk you are more yourself (less reserved) and because of that it's a big part of social gatherings. It brings down the walls between people. That said, if the cons of drinking outweigh the benefit then you just shouldn't do it.

Example: a night of drinking and having fun leads to a hangover that lasts two days. One Night<Two Days, so it wouldn't be worth it.
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Awaken_Riceball_ wrote:

1. Kills Brain Cells
2. Waking up to a hang over
3. Shattered memories (Trying to remember what happened the day before)
4. The possibility of someone taking sexual advantage while drunk
5. The burning throat
6. Poor decision making
7. Puking on oneself
8. DWI
9. Become a truth spiller
10. Reveal opposite personality (Angry drunk for example)


So I am not a big drinker myself, but I can assure you that your list only occurs if you over drink/drink till your drunk. Going out with friends or just drinking alone, I usually only have 1-2 glasses of any type of alcoholic beverage, and I have never been drunk, wasted, or experienced any of your listed 10.


Basically alcohol for me is a stress/anxiety reliever. It turns the brain off, relaxes you from a stressful day, and makes you drowsy. A lot of times I will come home stressed with tight muscles and can't sleep cause my thoughts are racing. One glass makes all that go away and gives me a peaceful sleep-filled night. It is also really good at getting rid of anxiety.
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It makes me happy, relaxed and social. Not a difficult concept.

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Awaken_Riceball_ wrote:

I am not a wine drinker; therefore, if you wish to add wine to the discussion, then you are more than welcome. But please do not recommend me to try. I appreciate it!

It question startles me because I have drank long island icetea, everclear or minor drinks like margaritas; however, I see absolutely no point. It has been a year since my last drink. I see drinking is no fun due to the following reasons:

1. Kills Brain Cells
2. Waking up to a hang over
3. Shattered memories (Trying to remember what happened the day before)
4. The possibility of someone taking sexual advantage while drunk
5. The burning throat
6. Poor decision making
7. Puking on oneself
8. DWI
9. Become a truth spiller
10. Reveal opposite personality (Angry drunk for example)


I understand that drinking in a sense is fun to others; however, I do not share the same mindset. In addition, I know that moderate drinking can be beneficial to the health but there are other ways to maintain a good health without resorting to consuming alcoholic beverages which the risks outweigh the benefits.

In the end, there are other ways to have fun and there plenty of good drinks to consume. Please share your opinion! I look forwards to it!


1. Kills Brain Cells
Doesn't actually kill brain cells or so the research has shown it will overtime damage them but you need to consume large amounts over that period.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120709/Does-alcohol-kill-brain-cells.aspx

2. Waking up to a hang over
There are way to mitigate this one of them is to make sure you drink plenty of water while getting drunk or by not drink so much that you wake up with the wicked hang over. Be careful when you wake up and you actually start to hydrate you can get drunk again. Three day hang over that is the record for me. Thought it did take several years for this to occur I was forever the guy that would drink everyone under the table and wake up the next morning sober as a judge without a hangover.

3. Shattered memories (Trying to remember what happened the day before)
Yes it can make you forgetful in some cases in others like myself I wish I could forget what I did while drunk thankfully I'm a happy drunk.

4. The possibility of someone taking sexual advantage while drunk
Yes this is why you don't drink with strangers and always have someone to watch out for you.
5. The burning throat
Don't drink that drink what you enjoy granted a good Scotch is like a fine wine and should be enjoyed from time to time damn what it does to my guts.

6. Poor decision making
Yeah this is why you do it in a safe environment with people you trust to help you out. Though I have seen totally sober folks make some really dumb choices in life.

7. Puking on oneself
This is how you tell our true friends from those that play at being your friend.

8. DWI
Just don't make it a habit to have someone sober drive of be someplace where you aren't going to be driving.

9. Become a truth spiller
Yeah it cleanse the soul.

10. Reveal opposite personality (Angry drunk for example)
Or a happy go luck drunk normally it just relaxes you inhibitions making you more open to being yourself without the mask.
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I don't get it either

I only ever drink water and occasionally 'full fat' coke or pepsi if I need to stay awake

I don't see the point in paying for a drink that smells of nail polish remover when you can quench your thirst with free water

then again I guess that is the same as saying 'why buy nice food when you can just live off bread' but to be honest if I constantly had bread available, it's likely that that would be all I ever ate

maybe I'm just lazy

but when you think to yourself 'hmm I could drink some nice things tonight' or 'hmm I could order pizza tonight' don't you think 'actually no that'll cost me £10 (or other currency equivalent) I could be spending on stuff I want (i.e. manga, anime, games etc.)' and end up just drinking water and eating whatever you have around

okay add 'stingy' to 'lazy' amongst the list of adjectives to describe me

but does no one else think like this?
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