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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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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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.
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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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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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.
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!
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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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.
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.
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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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.
Because I really do enjoy the taste of beer. can't stand most hard liquor though.
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