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Since: 12.1.02
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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.29
I don't drink because first of all I haven't developed a taste for it. The times that I have had alcohol it's had an unfortunate effect on me. I like flavored water, Coca-Cola and iced tea much better. I don't need alcohol or drugs to have a good time. I believe Jesus blessed me with certain talents, and I don't want to flush them down the bottle. I know that I have an obsessive personality, so I'm afraid if I started drinking more regularly and got to liking it, there's a chance I could become an alcoholic. And I don't like what becoming an alcoholic would do to my life, or the lives of my friends, co-workers, fellow church members or family.

So I've got all the reasons I'll ever need never to drink again, except on extremely rare social occasions.

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Since: 22.4.02
From: Outside of Boston

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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.83
It's part of the unwinding process, but I won't drink anything more than one beer a night if I'm not going out. (It helps I drink slowly, too, even if it's swill.) If I do, I pace myself. But why do I? I like it. It's that simple.

My friends and co-workers now find out I don't drink and just accept it, and never pressure; none of them are exactly grand lushes. Having a girlfriend that never drinks either helps matters.

I think once you're starting to get of age (at least US drinking age), the peer pressure drops like a rock. At that point, people probably figure you've made up your mind and respect whatever choice you make.

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Since: 3.1.02
From: Northern NJ

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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.22
I used to drink like a fish. Had my first cocktail (Screwdriver) at 13 and didn't stop until October 19, 1988. At my prime I was knocking back a quart of Captain Morgan's a day plus a variety shots to numerous to mention. I finally got tired of not knowing where I had left my car, having no money in my pockets and having credit card receipts in my pocket from bars I didn't know that I had been in. (At least I was a good tipper...)When the whole bar turns and yells "Norm" when you walk into the room - and it happens to be the Nightshift Saloon and it's 7am - it may be time to A: Lose Weight and B: Stop Drinking. So I did. I now treat alcohol like I have an allergy to it. Some people can't eat peanut butter. Some people can't eat chocolate. I can't drink. I had fun while it lasted and have some great memories, though 1987 is still a bit hazy. I was 26 when I quit but by that point I had had more than enough to last me for the next 62 years.

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Since: 2.1.02
From: Seattle, WA

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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.46
I RARELY drink with meals, as I've gotten accustomed to drinking Coke or iced tea with meals that the food tastes wrong when I drink a beer instead. I definitely will drink in a social setting, though, especially because it makes it more tolerable to be around people I would otherwise find intolerable.

I usually will have a six-pack or so, once or twice a month. I stick with beer, though, because I've learned my lesson about mixing beer and alcohol. (I WILL toss back a Jager shot every now and again, however.)

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Since: 2.1.02
From: Kentucky - Home of the 8 time NCAA Champ Wildcats

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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.04
I will drink an occasional beer (less than 2 cases per year I'd guess), and an occasional mixed drink (company Christmas party about it for mixed drinks).

I used to drink too much. I did not know moderation. I had too many black out episodes. I could drink a 12 pack of beer on the golf course like it was nothing. Then I met my wife. The things that were at the "core" of my drinking started to disappear. I eventually just stopped drinking. I also have chronic migraines (trips to the ER, annual visits with a neurologist, MRIs, CAT scans, etc.) that seem to appear when I drink without a meal. Therefore, I've made the conscious decision to not drink often.

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Since: 24.2.02

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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
I don't very often yet because I'm underage and nobody in my social circle drinks very much.

Also, from what experience I do have, I am a total lightweight.

(edited by Mack Salmon on 17.10.05 1058)

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Since: 2.12.04
From: Detroit, MI

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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.73
I drink because...

1) I honestly now like the taste of good beer.
2) I socialize better with a few in me.
3) I really, really like the taste of a good beer.
4) Just the history behind beer and beer brewing.

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Since: 28.4.02
From: Pittsburgh, PA

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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.37
I drink because Jack Daniels is delicious. No deeper meaning.

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Since: 16.3.04
From: Albuquerque, NM

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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.97
I drink very rarely..and when I do I never drink beer...never found a taste for it, so I leave it alone, and stick to liquor. Always small doses, I think partially due to me having an unusually weak stomach.

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Since: 1.4.04
From: Scotland

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#30 Posted on
Being from Scotland, there is no stigma associated with drinking that there seems to be in the States, it is perfectly normal over here for a person to drink a few beers without being ostracised for your trouble.

Why do I drink? Because it tastes GOOD, it allows you to interact socially in a common experience with your fellow drinkers (and lets you tolerate their/your rubbish jokes/stories as the evening progresses), and every doctor I know is a raging drunk, so it can't be that bad for you!

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Eddie Famous

Since: 11.12.01
From: Catlin IL

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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.51

I didn't pre-surgery because most alcohol tasted horrible to me.

I can't now because of the effects it would have on the new stomach. No caffeine at all now either. Just water, 1% or less white milk and an occasional Minute Maid light lemonade.

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Since: 9.1.02
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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.59
I led the absolute straightedge nerd life right until I was 19 and in University. A couple guys in res did everything short of forcing me to drink, and being that we lived on campus, after that it was non-stop drinking for 3 years.

Nowadays I don't drink unless it's a couple drinks for someone's birthday at a bar or New Years or something like that. I just lost interest in drinking to "loosen up" when in reality we realize now that we were just acting like idiots. Drinking *really* didn't make it easier for me to be around people I had trouble tolerating. Trying that theory out only resulted in me getting the nickname "Goldberg" to this day.

Aside from when I was in University, no one's ever pushed me more than a "come on!" at a bar to drink more than I wanted. Everyone knows I've had my fun. Besides, they know they'll need a cheap ride home later.

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Since: 8.10.03
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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.35
At 49, I drink occassionally usually real beer or a nice glass of wine or on special occassions, single malt scotch. I don't drink much for two reasons, my daughter and trying to set an example of moderation and I never drink if I feel I need/want a drink. Until about 30 I drank regularly but as I aged I didn't need it to be me. And in Kansas it is ridiculously overpriced and over taxed.

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Since: 25.8.05
From: Michigan

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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
I don't drink because:

I am a Christian
I have a wife and 3 kids
and, of course

my mother is an alcoholic

I used to drink some in college but since then, I have found better ways to relax
Lap cheong

Since: 4.4.03
From: Nitro WV

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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
    Originally posted by R-Dub
    I don't drink because:

    I am a Christian
    I have a wife and 3 kids
    and, of course

    my mother is an alcoholic

    I used to drink some in college but since then, I have found better ways to relax

I used to have your thinking Dub...religion, didn't need it, and didn't want it. Yet I'm almost the opposite of you in an aspect.

Unless I am DD(Designated Driver) I only have one mild mixed drink.

If I want to get away from EVERYTHING in life I go call up my cousin and go to her house to have two Smirnoff's. Literally too the most I've every drank is four and when I'm out I never get trashed. So, I guess you can say I wouldn't be the "life of the party."

So on my finally note: Don't get plastered and follow these words.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 - There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

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Since: 20.5.05
From: Windham, Maine

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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.63
I'm 24 and I didn't drink at all until about 1/2 year ago. Then I drank a whole bottle of white wine. It was good! I was VERY drunk . . . but I didn't get hungover at all. I woke up the next morning and felt good.

I haven't really been drunk since, every now and again I have a Twisted Tea or a hard lemonade. Not a fan of beer. Of course, I do like wine.
EDIT: so the question actually asked "WHY do I drink." Well, I guess its because its tasty and loosens me up a bit. It's a good relaxer after a stressful day. Being drunk is kinda fun, but not really enough to make me wanna be drunk again. I only drink a little bit to relax.

(edited by BendyStraws on 19.10.05 0404)

Since: 2.1.02

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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.44
I drink 2-5 beers every weeknight and multiples of that on weekends. I just like beer.


Since: 8.5.02
From: San Diego, CA

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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.18
I don't drink, although I used to really well. I quit it almost 13 years ago because of health problems.

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Since: 31.10.02
From: seattle

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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.60
Because I really do enjoy the taste of beer. can't stand most hard liquor though.

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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
poverty in college (as with me not smoking)

hypertension today.

and I am fat enough.

and I don't like the taste.


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