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Old 10-15-2012, 03:09 PM
 
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Alcohol isn't necessarily the problem here. Alcohol is a substance, that an adult can choose to consume or not consume. They are free to set limits on how much if any they will drink. They are answerable to what happens with them should they choose to drink and are unable to keep to a limit they set for themselves. The individual has NO control over how other people act when they themselves make the decision to drink, save for two factors: 1)whether they will spend time around these people 2)And if absolutely required to, how much time to spend with them. The person who has difficulty socializing with people who drink and find they must socialize for work, there is nothing wrong with attending the function and being around the co-workers early in function while everyone is still relatively sober and then leaving after say, 45 minutes to an hour. This way you don't get tagged as a prude or a wet blanket. You put in a brief appearance, and talk with people you feel comfortable with, then keep it moving out the door. There's a way to deal with these things where you're not offending others and you are protected from unnecessary offense also.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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I have noticed what the OP is talking about. Here in Boston, every social function seems to center around booze. A lot of people really can't joke around or let loose without booze. It's kind of disappointing. I'm talking about mostly people in their 20s.

In Miami which is a city known for it's nightlife, I noticed the opposite is true. People are generally just as off-the-cuff and friendly sober as they are after a few drinks. We actually drank less when we would go out in Miami because it's such a driving city, you won't see as many people "wasted" as you will here in Boston.
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