What do all of you think about alcohol? Do you enjoy its smooth buzz? Or do you wish you’ve never heard of it before?
Alcohol is one of those things that you can love or you can hate. It’s a personal choice to do it and how much you do of it. I find it hurts myself much more than it has helped since I started drinking again.
A major part it in is how it affects my mood and emotions, not while I am drunk but after. After getting such a high off being drunk I suffer from lows for the next week following. I’ve quit drinking again since I’ve really started to feel the need of controlling my own life. There is a history of alcoholism and depression in my family and I don’t want it to be a defining factor in my life.
That being said I still have one or two drinks on social occasions. Mostly because of peer pressure. People look at you different when you are a young male and not drinking at all. I find it easier to brush it off with the excuse that I’m busy and have to get up early the next morning than to have to defend my reasons for not having a drink/getting drunk. In that way I find it really pathetic about our society but it is the reality.
For me it is a personal choice, I hold nothing against those people who do partake in drunken shenanigans and tomfoolery. In fact I encourage it, it is quite hilarious to watch drunk people, as long as they don’t take it past that certain point.
@ijesuschrist, that’s a very interesting perspective you have on the sauce. It makes me wonder, how do you focus when you are on it though? Whenever I drink, my focus is demolished. I either change between thoughts much more quickly than normal, or I don’t have any thoughts at all. Either way, I never reach a profound, enlightened, meaningful state – I am simply wasted.
My own opinion on alcohol is that it’s okay every now and then but not every day, and I like beer more than hard liquor. Also, I find alcohol gets boring after a while, I start to feel like, man, what am I doing to myself, there’s got to be something better I can do than this.
@theskafish, Having been hung over for the major portion of my day, I rather detest alcohol at the moment. I at least detest the amount of sugar these companies put in their drinks.
I could have had an enlightening night, reflecting on things, but instead of stopping at 2 beers, I continued and lost count and ran around naked puking on people and peeing on the dance floor (not really, but that would have been funny).
Alcohol is a beautiful thing because it brings everyone down to the same level, and allows for social ease and drunk bonding! It’s also terrible because by bringing you all down to the same level, it just seems to make everyone stupid. And typical conversation and events seem to be the most interesting thing in the world, and that stranger you just met who’s name you don’t remember is now your best friend.
Does anyone get mad when they drink?
I’ve never, ever understood that – when people get angry or sad when they drink… I mean I get sad as in an existential way, but its not like a depressed feeling.
I just never understood it.
I think you should really evaluate your personality before you decide if you should even start drinking. I’m enjoying alcohol in moderation now socially. It adds another element to parties and concerts and just hanging out. I have been smoking for about 5 years now, but now that we’re all old enough to at least pass for 21, we can decide if an event would be better drunk or high (or both!). Of course, we are safe with who drives and none of us are “sloppy drunks.” We have had a few of the guys in our group go overboard. It’s not okay to drink every day. Even if you have no responsibilities, it’s bad for your health. A friend of ours became so used to beer, he moved on to drinking cups of liquor straight, then he added xanax and cocaine and eventually heroin. I don’t think alcohol is a bad thing. I think it’s the same as weed. It really is a “gateway drug” for some people. I think certain people are always wanting to beat their own personal best. If you are an impulsive person, a depressed person, or just don’t know when to stop, you don’t have to start.
@ijesuschrist, sometimes I’ve been both. Angry, or sad. Though I try to recognize these days that, the way things are right now at this present moment, I am only inflicting those feelings on myself.
What do you mean by ” I mean I get sad as in an existential way, but its not like a depressed feeling.”
@ijesuschrist, It has to do with brain chemistry balance whateverIforgottheproperterm. According to what I’ve researched, alcohol simply lifts social walls you put up when you are sober. If you are a generally angry person, but hide it away due to social acceptance, alcohol will lift that. Alcohol removes the left brain/right brain conflict, basically getting rid of any hesitation or forethought a person has. To get a better understanding, read “Incognito” by david eagleman.
@theskafish, “Existential sadness” I guess I mean, its like “Holy shit, things are messed up, but its so incredible anyway” ?
Kind of like just feeling that intense of a feeling, it makes me feel good at the same time?
@flyingrhino, I guess. I mean it makes sense, but then why would you drink? That doesn’t make sense.
If I’m generally an angry or sad person, and then I drink I get even more absorbed in the sadness or anger, why the fudge would I drink?!
I think people mostly start drinking as a means to have fun with their peers, enjoy and relax. Usually it starts out in small portions ie: a 12 pack or a handle, as that’s all that is needed at that time. Just a little something to lift the social boundaries. And you usually end up having one hell of a time.
But it’s like that “first high”. You always want to chase that first high, have as much fun as you did in say Summer ’03. So I guess it leads to drinking more or trying to find a way to re live your good times, and that’s when alcohol becomes an issue, well for me at least that’s how it worked.
But obviously drinking everyday can lead to some pretty serious problems. Alcohol used to be an escape for me. Something I could use to self-medicate. But there’s a fine line between being in control of your drinking and being controlled by your drinking. Alcohol can make you do and say a lot of things you wouldn’t normally. Some people say the truth comes out when you drink, I disagree. I believe the alcohol makes you say and believe things you wouldn’t normally. And in the process you can lose a lot of valuable things in your life, family, friends, your license (doh!), and not to mention your life itself.
So I guess what I’m tryna say is, alcohol can be a beautiful thing. It can spark creativity and be thought provoking in moderation. But it can also destroy. With great power comes great responsibility I guess? Lol.
I’m pretty lit while writing this so excuse me if I didn’t make any sense at all.
@batman408, ” You always want to chase that first high, have as much fun as you did in say Summer ’03″
Yup… its the thinking “Well maybe if I have another it will end up like that awesome party last year.”
Never does, can’t try to make that stuff happen. It just does.
I’m drunk now, and at my most creative. In the morning I will be hungover, however it’s another experience that we should enjoy. And I will enjoy my hangover.
@spaceghost, I’m handsome. Although, I never enjoyed the taste of alcohol and would still have a strong taste reflex after a marathon, it doesn’t make sense if I don’t want to shut the world off so I could compose music or whatever I decide to do. Getting shitfaced is ugly, I agree. But the most pointless thing is people getting used to drink in order to call their friends to have fun like their brain cells died before getting drunk and couldn’t imagine something else to do for fun.
@beyond, “But the most pointless thing is people getting used to drink in order to call their friends to have fun like their brain cells died before getting drunk and couldn’t imagine something else to do for fun.”
Alcohol should enhance the the company, not be the reason to hang out.
Never been one to consume much alcohol. Lowers my state of consciousness to a primal state full of aggression and sexual obsession. Nothing wrong with it every once and awhile though, or having a few drinks just to enjoy the more subtle effects.