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Old 05-01-2013, 05:41   #101
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:44   #102
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Last time I had an adult beverage of any type was before noon, on July 9th, 2004. That was when my wife said she was going to take the kids and leave right then if I didn't stop drinking.

I LOVED drinking, most anything (except tequila! - made my stomach turn, almost literally!). Especially grew to like the hard stuff like vodka and whiskey. They got you drunk faster without filling you up like beer. Also, clear alcohols give less of a hangover. And you can add vodka to almost anything without making it obvious you're drinking. Replacing the water with vodka in water bottles is a great way to drink all day, and look like you are just drinking water. Make sure to rip off the label of the water bottle, and get one that is a little dirty, so you won't confuse it with straight water and no one else will want to drink out of it.

Yea, I drank. A lot. In the end it is just not worth it.

If you can drink moderately, enjoy it! If you find yourself drinking during your regular work day, or worse at breakfast, stop drinking completely. Just "cutting back" to weekends, or evenings only, will only grow to all day again. Stop completely and continue with your life.

Also, don't think other people don't know you are drinking. You can't hide alcohol breath. I can smell if someone has been drinking, now that I don't drink. Like cigarettes, you really can't hide the alcohol smell.

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:09   #103
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Don't drink alcohol, never have. Don't have anything against anyone drinking alcohol except if they get behind a wheel of a car, then I will personally call the cops to come nab you and I don't care if you are a friend or family.

Grew up in a family of alcoholics and it was not a pleasant childhood which carried into adulthood.

Besides, never could understand why anyone would not want to maintain control of their mental faculties.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:18   #104
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I'm 74 years old and have never drunk alcoholic beverages. I hate the taste; I hate drunken party-goers, drunk drivers, bars, and the horrendous carnage - car wrecks, fights, mayhem, child and spouse abuse - inflicted by drunks. Alcoholic beverages are among the worst creations of our species.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:23   #105
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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.
No one questioned if they were real or not. I'm sure they're very real, as how most of the horrible things EVERYONE has had to go through are. Though, regardless if I've went through it or not, I'm not going to go around preaching, guilt tripping, and waving a finger at people who drink just because I had family members/friends who were addicts.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:37   #106
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I don't. Never have, never will. I dont know anybody that ruined their life by not drinking.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:50   #107
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Used to about 30+ years ago until I gave blood to the Red Cross and they told me I had Hep B. Went to dr to find out more and was told I could live a long time or a longer time if I quit drinking because alcohol and Hep B destroyed vital organs.

Also was a big James Bond movies fan. It always seemed that James got into trouble when he drank or was with strange women. Haven't had a drink since.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:53   #108
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Never have, never will.

Why? Never appealed to me and the damage it does is disgusting.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:05   #109
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My earliest, and continuing memories are of severe Migraines. Later I found they also were triggered by most fermented Alcoholic beverages.

I don't drink out of abject fear of Migraines. They're debilitating, and took a great portion of my life. Pain and fear are great motivators. The Migraines are now gone, but the fear of them remains.

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:07   #110
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:12   #111
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I grew up in a household with one alcoholic and one heavy drinker (not the same thing) for parents. I've seen some pretty nasty fights between them.

But that's not why I don't drink.

A lot of direct family relations (uncles, in particular) have history of over-indulging in alcohol and other substances. I don't know if there's any truth to the issue of hereditary substance addictions.

But that's not why I don't drink.

Aside from when I was a kid, sippin' off my dad's beer, I've had a total of many 1/2 a beer's worth of alcohol, the last time being in 1996. That time was me sampling a beer, just to see if I liked it.

No, the reason I don't drink is because I can't stand the taste of it. Beer, wine, liquor, it all smells and tastes EXACTLY the same to me - like crap. All I can taste is the alcohol. Not fruit or other flavors. It hits my stomach and it burns, and not in the "spreading warmth" way I've heard people describe, but more like I just swallowed a hot coal.

I hang out with a pretty heavy-drinking crowd. Most of the time, it's social drinking, but from time-to-time, it's sloppy-falling-down-drunk drinking. And I have a lot of fun with all of them! I don't judge anyone, and no one judges me (though I still get the occasional shocked "You don't drink at ALL?" kind of questions).

The plus side is the Martini bar we usually frequent doesn't charge for soda when I'm in the group (maybe they think I'm a DD? I don't know).

There are a lot of reasons to not drink - family history, bad past, whatever - and there are plenty of reasons that people want to drink. And none of them are wrong. Some might lead to bad conclusions, but there's nothing wrong either way, and no one owes me any explanations, either way.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:12   #112
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I'm 74 years old and have never drunk alcoholic beverages. I hate the taste; I hate drunken party-goers, drunk drivers, bars, and the horrendous carnage - car wrecks, fights, mayhem, child and spouse abuse - inflicted by drunks. Alcoholic beverages are among the worst creations of our species.
I remember the exact opposite. Family members having great times together, enjoying some beers or a bourbon and coke. No fights, no DUI's, no arguments, no drunks, no carnage. Just responsible adults all with good jobs/careers and families having a good time.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:16   #113
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:18   #114
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I drink light beer so I guess that's sort of not drinking.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:20   #115
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Up until mid 1965 I, along with all my buddies, would party til we puked every chance we got. Then, one night I drove home from a party with my wife and child, got home, and realized I didn't remember the trip. The trip went through two small mountain passes.

That killed my interest in seeing two of everything.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:23   #116
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I buy a six or twelve pack of beer, and it last me from 2-6 months. I ran out of beer 5 months ago and haven't bought more since.

I'm not opposed to it i just don't do it often, I rarely have one if offered it socially. I only accept if the Mrs. is driving. She accepts less often than I do.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:27   #117
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I retired from drinking a bit over 10 years ago.

Reason-it was time and Snohomish county,Wa highly recommended it

I drink fake beer occasionally and I miss bar fluzzies but life is much simpler with a lot less drama and all my friends are top notch.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:30   #118
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I occasionally drink. But never to excess. Not sure if that meets the intent of the OP question.

I used to get drunk, but last time was in 1999, when I was still in college. Haven't been drunk since. Don't like losing control and there are other things I prefer to spend my money on.

I may have 12 beers and a few glasses of Bourbon or Scotch or wine in a year. Never more than 1 drink a day, and days and weeks pass between drinks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:30   #119
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Like many I was a big drinker when I was younger. Last drink was on my last deployment about 10 years ago.

There is no moral element to my decision to quit. Many of my friends and family drink. Some socially. Some more so. I have bought beer as gifts (big beer movement at work right now). My wife enjoys a glass of wine from time to time and that is fine by me. Just no longer interested.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:31   #120
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I haven't had a drop of alcohol since 2001. I stopped because I downed a whole bottle of whiskey straight in 45 minutes. Before I got destroyed I followed it with 2 two liters of Coke and a large bag of Salsa Verde Doritos. I remember missing my shot with the best looking girl I have ever seen (looks determined before I started drinking) when she approached me and I was wasted sitting in a shopping cart in my neighbor's front yard while being loud and laughing. The following morning I was still drunk, had only a slight hangover (closest I've ever come having one) and couldn't take a crap without shooting firey turd chunks for 3 days. I don't remember how I got home, but believe it was on foot since I didn't drive that night. The neighbors that gave me the whiskey still say they are surprised I didn't die from alcohol poisoning. That was the hardest I ever drank.

This last Thanksgiving my sister and her husband were visiting. She could tell work was stressing me out and bought a bottle of Jack Daniels for me to enjoy. I never touched it. When she went back home she took the bottle with her, still unopened.

I don't drink soda either. Water, skim milk, and the occasional Crystal Light peach or raspberry tea for me.

I don't mind being around people that drink. I just won't. I don't like myself while drink and the next morning.

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