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Old 10-04-2012, 11:06 AM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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I drink because I like the taste of alcohol. A nice glass of red wine or a vodka tonic after work is a great way to relax. I probably have a drink everyday or almost. I'd like to cut back, but I try to eat healthy and I don't smoke...everyone has to have a vice of some sort! I don't drink to get drunk, in fact, I rarely even get a buzz, so I figure what's the harm. As long as you're not driving drunk or hurting anyone else who cares if you drink a bottle a day.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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That's a good question. I can go for months without having a drink. I can't stand beer, so when I do drink its usually Captain n' Coke, and 1 or 2 at that. Alcohol is a big downer for me, always makes me feel sh*tty.

I think the US is obsessed with it for some reason. Watch a game on TV and half the commercials are for alcoholic drinks. Listen to people's conversations on Monday mornings and you usually hear about how hung-over someone was
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:37 PM
 
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Because people hangout in a culture of drinking for years, and it is very, very difficult to break away from when all of the events your friends throw every weekend and during the week center around alcohol. I know people that have 2-3 beers every day after work, and that's exactly how you start becoming an alcoholic. Soon a moderate amount of alcohol everyday after work turns into 4-5 beers everyday. Even 2-3 beers everyday packs on a ton of calories over the course of a week. You're best bet is to never start drinking everyday once you get home in order to "relax". Also, if many of your friends' events centers around alcohol, you'd might be better off just seeing them only once a month if you need to control your alcohol intake. Ever since I moved from my friends back at home to go to school, my drinking has cut down probably by 80% because you simply aren't at events where there's massive quantities of booze available and where you feel pressured to drink.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Because people hangout in a culture of drinking for years, and it is very, very difficult to break away from when all of the events your friends throw every weekend and during the week center around alcohol. I know people that have 2-3 beers every day after work, and that's exactly how you start becoming an alcoholic. Soon a moderate amount of alcohol everyday after work turns into 4-5 beers everyday. Even 2-3 beers everyday packs on a ton of calories over the course of a week. You're best bet is to never start drinking everyday once you get home in order to "relax". Also, if many of your friends' events centers around alcohol, you'd might be better off just seeing them only once a month if you need to control your alcohol intake. Ever since I moved from my friends back at home to go to school, my drinking has cut down probably by 80% because you simply aren't at events where there's massive quantities of booze available and where you feel pressured to drink.
I think you do bring up a good point, but you are reading a little too much into the question..most of us drink, yes, to relax, yes, habit but also we enjoy the taste and we don't go from 2 or 3 beers a day to 5 or 6. And most are not alcoholics. I am glad you have cut back, that is really a good thing.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:46 PM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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The thing is, drinking alcohol has been around since the beginning of recorded history(even before that).
The same could be asked of any drug or mind altering substance.
Humans have delt with this issue for CENTURIES.
If anyone here can answer that question, they need to be appointed King or Queen of the world.


(Written while intoxicated)
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:45 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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In fact........here's something to whet your nievete' (hope I spelled that rite Im drunk)

How Booze Built America - YouTube
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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I think you do bring up a good point, but you are reading a little too much into the question..most of us drink, yes, to relax, yes, habit but also we enjoy the taste and we don't go from 2 or 3 beers a day to 5 or 6. And most are not alcoholics. I am glad you have cut back, that is really a good thing.
Totally agree with nmnita here. For as long as I have been drinking (which for me is almost strictly wine), I keep to two glasses per day, occasionally 3, or 2 glasses of wine and a brandy after dinner. I like a glass as an aperitif, a glass with dinner, and as I said an occasional brandy after. I almost NEVER desire wine once I am done eating, and I never drink it to "get drunk" so to speak, although I do enjoy the very mild buzz. I am a tall woman carrying a good amount of muscle and a few extra pounds, and this amount is acceptable for my size.

People only advance to "5 or 6 drinks" if they already have the propensity toward becoming an alcoholic. If one finds themselves craving more and more, or if it is causing a problem in some way, those are signs to cut back or stop completely.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:42 PM
 
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Because I can. And will.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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How come some people drink so much alcohol?

So that we will have pictures like this to post on the Internet:

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Old 10-25-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Tacoma, WA
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I wonder how many people here talking about "evil" alcohol also drink soda and/or eat fast food, are smokers or don't excercise or do other things that are unhealthy.
Yah, anyone who has ever said to my face I shouldn't be drinking alcohol was fat, and their list of their "sin" indulgences was lengthy and included all processed foods. And they were the types to fall asleep in front of the television after having spent almost the entire day sitting on their backsides. I guarantee they'll go from heart disease before I go from the "demon likker".

I drink because it's relaxing and because I love the tastes of IPAs, porters, stouts and amber ales.
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