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Old 03-23-2011, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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I wouldn't know. I have never had a drink. I like the taste of a Pepsi over ice.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I drink strictly for taste. That's why I like my drinks in just the right temperature.
It takes a lot to make me tipsy. I seldom go to that point...
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:00 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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For the taste. My favorite is a full-bodied red wine. I can make a glass last forever - not because I am trying to, but because I take tiny sips and let it sit on my tongue, until it's my turn to talk.

I like the non-alcoholic beers on a hot day, as much as the regular beers.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:02 PM
 
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This is really interesting. Thanks everyone for the conversation. It's really interesting to hear your take on this.
Thank you.

It's a good topic.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:43 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Hot topic I'd agree.

I'll drop a quote here which describes where I stand on the question as well;

"Men and women drink essentially for the effect produced by alcohol."

Putting aside the different types of drinkers out there... whether it be due to genetics, physiology, etc... alcohol in and of itself needs a lot of work to make it drinkable. There are many different ways to process it in order to obtain the flavor and strength that makes up this libation.

In times of old, beer and wine could only be made so strong as the alcohol itself killed off the ingredients put into it which would establish a fermentation (reproduction) in the first place. Wine could be made to yeild about 17% tops? And beer... about 6%?

With the advent of distilled liquors, the ABV has increased greatly and has even enabled the increase of ABV in wine, such as port wine.

I'm not trying to be an expert here with all this history and terminology... but it's a subject which interests me much.

I don't think you could separate the effect produced by alcohol from the taste. Why would you? That would be like imagining someone snorting up lines of Sweet n' Low... or pounding 40s of Near Beer. It just makes no sense.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:49 PM
 
Location: NW Lower MI
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On the rare occasion that I drink, I drink for the taste, like weak drinks with Kahlua in them. I never drink for the buzz...I hate that feeling! But I drank enough when I was younger to make up for what I don't drink now. And another reason I don't drink is that I quit smoking and there are certain behaviors I have cut out of my life, like drinking, going to bars (which I did only very rarely anyhow) and drinking coffee.

There is something about sitting at the bar and having to smoke while you enjoy your drink!
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:35 AM
 
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I drink whisky strictly for taste. Frankly, I wish there was a non alcoholic whisky on the market. (There actually is one, but I could only get it when I lived in Utah.) It's all I'd drink.
Yep - can't beat a good whiskey

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I drink strictly for taste. That's why I like my drinks in just the right temperature.
It takes a lot to make me tipsy. I seldom go to that point...
me too, I drink often, hardly get drunk or tipsy though...
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:06 AM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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I rarely ever drink so much as to get a "buzz". My crazy college drinking days are behind me. It's all about the taste.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:08 AM
 
Location: PORT ANGELES, WA
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I LOVE the taste of a ice cold Corona with a slice of orange in it! Actually, I don't enjoy getting drunk so I can only have 2. I think I could drink them all day on a hot weekend, if it didn't give me the buzz.
I also LOVE Flavored Margaritas and Daquiris, virgin.
The Washington Appletini is delicious! I can't drink them cause I don't like the buzz, but if it was able to be made virgin, I would!!!

In high stress times, I do like a buzz!!

I HATE HANGOVERS.... BLAH!!!!
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:14 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I do enjoy an occasional glass of chilled, sweet white wine, but I limit myself to 2 because I don't like a heavy buzz OR a hangover. On a hot day, an ice cold quality beer is delicious, and for poolside I love a (weak!) frozen margarita...only one, though, because tequila is serious business, LOL! It's hard to believe that for years I was a bartender and could slam shots all night as well as drink most guys I knew under the table...it was fun at the time, but it got really old eventually, and I started to worry about my liver .
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