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Old 04-30-2013, 23:42   #76
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I'm a bad drunk when I drink - alcohol withdrawal seizures, pass out for days....bother the cops and the EMTs and the ER folks. Got sober in 1989...turned myself in to AA. Was willing to do what they said worked. It did. So now I'm sober over 23 years. You'd call it a miracle if you knew me when I was drinking. Descended from many generations of alcoholics - maybe DNA...grew up around booze and drunks...maybe because it was available. First blackout was at age 10...dang near drank myself to death in college. Heavy drinking on a baby liver (liver doesn't mature until age 21 - that's where the drinking age comes from) causes alcoholism. Drinking booze heavily gets one addicted too. So I meet all three ways of becoming alcoholic and did. Best thing about sobriety is that sexual pleasures are much more intense and pleasurable when sober....and women are more likely to want to share such pleasures when I'm not besotted. I love sobriety. No one took anything from me. Its right there if I want it. My health and my life is so much better now. Can't believe I let myself become a slave to those corporate booze dealers. Drinkers check up: More than four drinks in one sitting is binge drinking according to doctors. And guessing you know all them "flavors" are just carrier vehicles for the alcohol which is identical whether its in Budweiser (worst beer ever brewed) or Jack Daniels, or Captain Morgan or Listerine or Lysol, or gasoline in the winter...

I didn't get in trouble every time I drank, but every time I got in trouble I'd been drinking.

Ask yourself - have you ever been arrested sober? (Warrants don't count)...amazing correlation between booze and handcuffs.

Biggest miracle of all for me is that since I chose to stop drinking I haven't been arrested once...not once...
Never been arrested. Enjoy sex both drunk and sober. Take care of myself physically. Waste my money on lots of stuff, booze budget is small potatoes. Don't get in trouble, whatever that means, drunk or sober.

Did I hit all the high points?

Great that booze isn't for you, glad you came to a decision that you're happy with.
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Old 04-30-2013, 23:42   #77
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When I was young I use to get in trouble when I drank. Something about my personality got be beat up often when I drank. I decided to stay in control and be more careful around people after several instances.

Did not drink in my 20's and 30's......no problem.

Now I drink one night a week. I tend to stay in safe company when I do. When out on the town I don't ever loose control anymore if I have a drink or 3. I guess I learned to handle my alcohol a little better.

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Old 04-30-2013, 23:45   #78
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When I was young I use to get in trouble when I drank. Something about my personality got be beat up often when I drank. I decided to stay in control and be more careful around people after several instances.

Did not drink in my 20's and 30's......no problem.

Now I drink one night a week. I tend to stay in safe company when I do. When out on the town I don't ever loose control anymore if I have a drink or 3. I guess I learned to handle my alcohol a little better.

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Old 04-30-2013, 23:50   #79
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Is there anyone here who doesnt drink at all?

Would you mind telling us why?
Almost 32, never had a drink in my life. My biological father did significant prison time due to drugs and alcohol. Not to mention some family that are raging alcoholics to this day. It was just something I decided in my early teens I didn't need. It's also why I never experimented with drugs.

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Old 04-30-2013, 23:51   #80
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Darkroom/wine? If you're really cooking food you eat with wine know that university labs have repeatedly proven that 75% of the alcohol still is in wine after its been sautéed for 90 minutes. Restaurant folks will tell you it cooks out. That is not true.
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So, still tastes great, which is the entire point.
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Point is folks who don't want to have alcohol in their body - or shouldn't for medical or legal reasons, need to know that food cooked with alcohol - at home or on the town - is still gonna have alcohol in it when you eat it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 23:55   #83
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Booze mixed in food is awesome, rum cake is a damn fine example!
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Old 04-30-2013, 23:59   #84
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Point is folks who don't want to have alcohol in their body - or shouldn't for medical or legal reasons, need to know that food cooked with alcohol - at home or on the town - is still gonna have alcohol in it when you eat it.
I doubt conscientious diabetics do a whole lot of cooking with alcohol.
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Old 04-30-2013, 23:59   #85
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Drank enough booze to float a battle ship. About age 35 or so while standing at a trough in a sleezy honkey tonk. A guy said I'm pissing away a fortune. He was right.

That was the end of that.

Two to three packs a day smokes. Cigs went to 50 cents a pack.
I'm burning up a fortune in smoke.

That was the end of that.

I might have a draft rarely with a meal.
Smoke,,,,, YUK! You should smell the walking ashtrays at the market. You can smell em clear across the parking lot.
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Booze mixed in food is awesome, rum cake is a damn fine example!
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All things in moderation, eh? Sounds good to me.


Including moderation
Generally.

Lately I have been playing poker on Saturday night with a drinking crowd. I got hammered last weekend. Had a good time. I tend to loose my inhibitions when I drink. I say things that I think other people will understand and then don't bother to explain. I still need to be careful.

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Darkroom/wine? If you're really cooking food you eat with wine know that university labs have repeatedly proven that 75% of the alcohol still is in wine after its been sautéed for 90 minutes. Restaurant folks will tell you it cooks out. That is not true.
Steaks marinated in red wine with garlic and onions and a bit of EOO grilled rare....
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I live in CA wine country, I like several different drinks including beers, mixed bourbons, and others.

Primarily I drink wine. That is my evening medication. Usually I dont drink until nightfall and I'm home relaxing after the busy day but usually every night. It relaxes me before bed time. I got worried about my drinking so I quit for 2 months to see if it affected me. The only thing I noticed is that I lost a few pounds. I like a nice "cheap" chardonney and that is my go to drink.

I never drive with a buzz and ignore my christian relatives that worry about me.

At this point if I die and go to hell I'd rather be with my friends.
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I'm 44, haven't drank since my 21st birthday. But I recently discovered Smirnoff 100 Espresso. For about a month, I've been taking two shots before bed, haven't slept this well for decades.
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I work evenings and don't get home till about 2:00AM. I usually drink 2 or 3 shots of Vodka or Burbon. It just relaxes me. I've got so used to it, I can hardly sleep with out it. Lol. But I never drink more than that. I don't like to get drunk. Makes me feel bad!!! Lol. Anyway, I just like a "nightcap". Helps me sleep.

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Old 05-01-2013, 03:49   #92
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Never did drink much, like a beer when I had pizza. Found out I was diabetic and didn't drink again.
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Because I don't hate my life. It is unhealthy. Seems counter intuitive to impair oneself willingly. I would rather spend my time doing something constructive, instead of being in a self inflicted drugged stupor.

I can handle/enjoy life without a need to temporary escape reality.

I have recognized the subcouncious death drive and refuse to allow it to control me.
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The only alcoholic drink I really like is cider, and it is difficult to find here in the Third World, so I teetotal. I did drink some cider in Switzerland a year ago though - it was delicious.
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THIS IS A NO JUDGEMENT THREAD!!! People state their reason and that is that, whatever it may be.

Is there anyone here who doesnt drink at all?

Would you mind telling us why?
I do not normally (maybe once every 2/3 years) drink alcohol for a few reasons:

- never got into the habit
- do not think it tastes that good
- my Dad drank beer a lot, and it was not a good impression, though he was a good man, he was BETTER when he quit drinking.
- I have other vices, and do not need another one

I work in the maintenance of RF systems (I still do) and do not think the consumption of alcohol is conducive to making my personal or work life better (again I have other problems like loving chocolate and other fatty foods, who needs another problem, eh?)
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Nope. I never had the desire, but then, my main reasons are...

(1) The Bible makes it clear that getting drunk is sin in God's eyes.
(2) As a Christian, though I know the Bible doesn't explicitly say that you can't drink alcohol, I don't want to put myself in the position of possibly sinning by getting drunk.

My analogy is if I was told that if I ever burnt my hand then I'd get in serious trouble, why would I hold my hand over a red-hot heating range?
Good post. The same exact reasons I don't drink.
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I drank like a fish in college and some of High School. I drank a lot! The hangovers started lasting longer and hurting more. Until they got so bad it just wasn't worth it. Got a good woman, good job and the kicker, a CHL. That was many years ago and I don't miss it.
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Someone doesn't want to drink, that's their own choice and I completely respect that, BUT like I said, if they choose to shake a finger at people about it or try to guilt trip them with family/friend horror stories....
Perhaps you are fortunate to have grown up in a family that has no horror stories related to alcohol. For some of us the nightmarish memories caused by alcohol are very real.
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I'm trying to remember the last time I had something with alcohol in it to drink. Probably 2002 or so. Was Joe's Crab Shack and I wondered what "that" (can't remember what it was) tasted like so I got it. Couple sips later I was done and it sat there until I left.

I never understood the attraction to it. Grew up in a house with the very occasional beer and even rarer wine in it. Dad died two years ago and we found a couple bottles of wine he and mom got for a wedding present in '60.

In Korea I tried Soju (Holy cow, that's what they mean by the Devil's own drink). I've tried Heffeweissen and Kristalweissen in Germany, tried various "You HAVE to try..." wines and various mixed drinks. Mickey's big mouths in HS, Lowenbrau, Molsen's, Finlandia, Absout, Godiva liquor. Odds are I've tried it if it's something in a standard bar. This is over 20 or so years.

If I was even vaguely interested in the stuff and didn't hate the taste/feel of it, all that interest goes away when I see people who do drink regularly. Probably the best anti-drinking commercial out there would be just a live feed of almost any bar on a normal night.

Never saw the attraction to the liquid itself, it still baffles me why it's even partially an attractant. -eh- whatever blows one's skirt up, I guess.
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Someone doesn't want to drink, that's their own choice and I completely respect that, BUT like I said, if they choose to shake a finger at people about it or try to guilt trip them with family/friend horror stories....
Isn't this thread asking for people's stories of why they don't drink? No one is "guilt tripping" anyone here, they are just posting a response to the question.
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