Just curious as to why you guys drink? I find myself asking the same question as drinking in the amount to get drunk is pretty harmful to a body.
@bayleyboy, But drinking to the amount of getting a very enjoyable buzz is awesome. I havent drunk to black out in a long time. Drinking is a fantastic way to socialize, not only because your inhibitions are lowered, but because so is everyone elses. I love it when people come out of their shells who normally dont do so. Also, I suffer from a disease known as “empty hand syndrome”, I get fidgety standing around with nothing in my hands. A beer cures that problem very well.
I started drinking at a young age, 15, and I used to party a lot. But now that i’m out of high school everyone in my age or surroundings are all drinking and partying all the time. I find it a little annoying, I don’t drink that much anymore. If I do, I like to drink with a few people that I really enjoy. You just really let go of the wall that you usually put up. But honestly I think it’s okay to do it every once and a while but now days I feel that everyone just drinks to get drunk and forget their problems. I don’t know, I just think I grew out of my party stage. Party pooper I am lol
@cristinelizabeth, I got a similar story. Started drinking at a very young age (13), got my first black out at 14 and many more followed in the years after. Gave up totally on drinking more than 4 months ago now, and I am perfectly fine with it. Although I do get bored earlier at parties, it feels great going home and remembering everything you did and talked about, not waking up with a hangover and enjoying as much (or maybe more) than you did with alcohol.
I drink to have a good time, and to balance out my very structured and rigorous week to week lifestyle of schooling and sports. I often drink to the point of blacking out which is really bad for the body and the brain so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to prevent my drinking to coming to that point.
I actually am surprised that no one has mentioned the artistry of crafting a alcoholic beverage of legitimate quality. No other consumable comes close in sheer joy for me than sipping an incredible Cabernet paired with an appropriate meal.
That said, drinking cheaper things in higher volume for the sake of socializing or “taking the edge off” is something I do frequently but in moderation. When I am in a party atmosphere, as well as alone, it allows me to relax some of the general anxiety I carry around day to day. It’s one thing to say “Well, if you want to to relax, just meditate all the time” but really, a serving of vodka before bed really helps me effectively fall asleep where I might have otherwise been kept awake with my busy mind.
Alcohol as an excuse is never a great idea. I don’t need it to be social, I don’t need it to sleep, nor do I insist on having it for any particular instance related to the aforementioned examples…it’s just nice to have the lubricant sometimes.
And again, in vino veritas
Drinking is a nice peaceful activity that helps me take a few minutes and reflect after a long day at work. Sometimes, after spending 40-50 hours a week in an office and 6-9 hours a week in class, it’s pretty damn fun to “get silly” with friends and take my mind off of my daily routine and concerns. People tend to open up and talk more when alcohol is involved. When I play shows buzzed I worry less about what people think of me, so I perform better.
Also, I love the taste and feel of beer, wine, whiskey, rum, etc…
I drink seldom, like once a month more or less, and when I do, – I am such light weight, though – I only need a couple of beverages in order to feel the effect. Alcohol makes me want to dance, makes me think less and – if I’m with the right people – it can make me temporarily blissful. I try not to drink whenever I feel crap, because that would make me emotional. I’ve never been so totally drunk that I couldn’t stand up, and I’ve never been really hangover. I didn’t ‘start drinking’ until I was 19. I grew up with sober parents. So when people around me drink every night, even though they don’t really want to or enjoy it much, and are hungover the next day(s), I kind of frown to myself. The one time I had really fun whilst drunk, was when I had had 1 bottle of wine, 1 beer and some jollygrass on top. :3 But then I was with people I know and love, and so the whole experience was good from the start. If I had started out wanting to escape my own reality, I might have gotten depressed in the end. The point is, when I do drink, I only ever want to drink it to have fun, but in practice I find myself sometimes having a beer because I’m tired and need some energy and to turn off my ever-working brain. In the last case scenario I will most often fall asleep. :)
I don’t drink, mainly because it tastes absolutely disgusting to me, but also because the feeling of being drunk I find irredeemably inappropriate, plus if anything I need a “drink” that makes me a little more conservative, but alas even if I found it I’d stay clear of it because I love this crazy bastard that I am. besides life is far more enjoyable on a clear head, in my opinion
I drink mostly because I find it relaxing – but too much makes me lazy so I try to only allow myself to drink once a week at the very most. I don’t drink hard liquor often, but I like wine and I am fond of most beers. And I like to drink and listen to music but I like to do that anytime really.
I actually find the whole social lubricant notion a little disturbing though. It was for that reason that I didn’t want to drink initially in college….it seemed kinda lame that people were leaning on it so much as a way to justify not only silliness, but meeting people, going places and doing things. Everything revolved it, for them, booze was the sun. I feel that to be silly and outgoing you should be able to do it anytime, but if you like to drink as well, that’s fine. Just as long as it doesn’t become a crutch.
Thoughts on drinking:
It’s just a social habit. If you think about it, drinking a lot is completely useless and basically just helps you forget about your insecurities and puts flab on your belly. Most of the time (when I’ve drinkin in the past) I’m full, not even thirsty and I’m just buying drinks because it’s a social habit –It’s basically something to do when there’s an awkward silence or whatever. IT’S JUST SOMETHING TO DO TO FILL IN THE TIME. IT’S A WAY TO FIT IN AND BE ACCEPTED.
But in reality it’s frankly a waste of money, unhealthy and unnecessary. Many people do it “to have a good time” or as an ESCAPE. But why do I need to escape? I’m happy in this moment right now. I’m good. I don’t want to escape!
I’d rather buy a meal instead of a nice $10 drink any day. All it does it make me feel tired and just want another one right after because, afterall, it’s just a HABIT to go get another one! It’s only that COMFORT of having something in your hand. Something to sip on to fit in, because everyone else is sipping on something. Why not sip on something healthy like water or juice?
Looking back on some nights, was all that alcohol necessary? Was each dollar spent totally and completely worth it? For me, most of my past experiences I’d say NO for just about every drink I bought. It wasn’t completely worth my dollar spent, because I could have had just as much fun without the drinks. They were a waste of money and did not give me value, besides social comfort (stems from insecurities)!!
I don’t drink. It never appealed to me, and it is interesting to “people watch” at a party and witness all your friends “having a great time”. I am not trying to sound like a dick, but it is pretty true, alcohol makes things “fun” which we would not consider fun. It lowers your standards of a good time.
I was just out to the bar with my friends this weekend and I had a great time socializing with everyone completely sober. The part which I find most unappealing is that the people who ended up getting really drunk that night had no memory of what we did.
All of my friends ask me to share a drink with them. My oldest friends accept that I don’t drink (I am only 21 btw), but new people I meet frequently ask me why I don’t drink. What I am finding now is that a lot of people look up to someone who can have a good time at a party while sober. I have never had a hard time talking to people, I understand this is not something everyone can do, BUT anyone can have a good time at a party sober. If you are worried about being judged, YOU judge people too much. Go out and have a good time sober, your mind and your body will thank you.