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Old 05-01-2013, 16:19   #141
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I do not. I feel MUCH better when I don't drink.
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:21   #142
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I do drink. Beer, specifically. I'm a beer fanatic, and love dorky things like brewery tours, beer releases, and typing reviews. I love brewing my own beer with my dad or my friends, and I especially enjoy digging into the water chemistry and biochemistry of the procedure--applying what I've studied over the years.

I'm not a big drinker, though. I don't drink to get a buzz, or to get drunk. It's just not my thing. If I have a drink at all, its usually to accompany lunch or dinner, because that's what I find most enjoyable. I also go at it in waves. I'll have a month or two where I drink a couple of beers a day, and maybe a few where I won't have any.

Also: I haven't slowed down in my old age, or anything. (I'm 26 ) Could be that alcohol (having a glass of wine with dinner, or a beer at the family christmas party) was never taboo when I was growing up. Maybe that's why the whole drinking=getting drunk attitude exhibited by some drinkers and nondrinkers strikes me as odd. I suppose it's reinforced when they know an alcoholic.
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:30   #143
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I don't drink. Neither does my girlfriend. We both have alcoholics in our families. Both my grandfathers were alcoholics who couldn't hold jobs. Her dad was an alcoholic who abandoned his family. Most of her uncles are alcoholics. My brother was/is an alcoholic. One of the most vivid memories of my childhood was my Dad throwing my drunk grandfather ( his father-in-law) down the stairs and out the door. He was there to beat my grandmother and take her money.

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Old 05-01-2013, 16:36   #144
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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 am 48 now and stopped drinking just when my wife got pregnant with our first child some 19 years ago.One of the reason.I was at a picnic and was listening to a stewed dad telling his daughter why he could not drive her to pick up her friend because the stupid police single him out for having one drink and took his License away and he can no longer get a job or drive because of the police.

I just never wanted to be that Dad having a conversation like that. I also knew if I was going to talk the talk with my kids I had to walk the walk and before my first was born I quit drinking. I always try and live my life so I will never have to be embarrassed explaining my actions to me kids.
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:41   #145
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Funny how we automatically associate the word drink with alcohol.

I drank to excess until I got old enough to drink legally. Then it wasn't fun anymore. Might have had as many as 3 alcoholic drinks in the last 20 years. Just doesn't do anything for me. Also, as an ER nurse, saw too many alcohol powered idiots needing my help. Rather see people smoke weed. Nobody smokes a joint and then goes out to the parking lot to fight (like canned courage). People need to let off steam, but too many people hurt too many people by overdoing it.

For reference, there are different definitions of "alcoholic." There's physical addiction where stopping causes shakes, seizure, etc. There's emotional addiction, where a person drinks to avoid some pain in their life. Often this escalates into physical addiction. The saddest is the person who rarely drinks, but when they do, it has a profoundly negative impact on them and/or others.
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:43   #146
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I am a very light social drinker, and usually only consume alcohol a few times a year. I just don't have the desire to do it more often.
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:47   #147
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I quit in 1975 when I returned from Taiwan. I will have a single drink at a wedding or other function where there is likely to be a toast. Other than that I don't miss it. I got on the 747 in Taipei for the flight home and ordered a 7-up instead of a 7 and 7 and have never looked back, it was a kind of spur of the moment choice. Every once in a while I would like to have a San Miguel pale pilsen but not enough to go look for it. Have no idea where to find Filipino beer in rural Ohio anyway and I know it wouldn't taste the same as I remember it after a 105 degree day on the alert pad.
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:52   #148
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I do not.

I don't have a problem with alcohol personally or religiously.

For a long time, I did not drink first because I associated with people who take issue with alcohol due to their religious culture. Around here even people that have no problem with alcohol can take it a bit strangely when a minister drinks. I was active as leadership in the church and I didn't care about alcohol, so that was that.

A trusted fellow minister friend gave me some good advice, though: Here, I didn't drink so I wouldn't offend my fellow man, but in most of the world this temperance mindset doesn't exist. In a case like that, declining to drink casually for religious reasons would be strange. He advised me to be prepared to do as the Romans when in Rome, and also advised me that I should have some experience with the substance beforehand.

I saw to that. I discovered two very unfortunate things
1. Almost every substance that contains alcohol is absolutely disgusting to me. This is not just a "you get used to it" thing. This is way beyond that. Most things I find myself literally incapable of swallowing. There are a few I can barely manage to sip. A rare few are good or at least unobjectionable... in small amounts.
2. Even when dealing with something I can imbibe significant amounts of (and doing so is a trial...), I get nothing out of it. And I don't mean in terms of alcohol tolerance (although I have weirdly high tolerance for a someone my size and no experience). I get no buzz, no happy, nothing like what other people seek when they drink. It's just a big ball of neutral.

I don't really have any reason to choke down a substance my body tries so hard to reject when it offers me no benefits. So I don't drink.
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:01   #149
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When I fill out a form for a doctor or hospital I say I "rarely" drink. They always check that I don't drink.

It's been a couple of years since I had a drink but I'd rather not say I don't drink because if I felt like it I would. I don't see anything wrong with it, it's just not a big part of my life.

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Old 05-01-2013, 17:02   #150
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The Apostle Paul (through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) commands the Church in Ephesians 5:18 to not get drunk:

"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,"

He also says in his letter to the Romans (Rom. 13:13-14):
"Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires."

There are other passages but these 2 are fairly clear directives. Please understand though that I am not a perfect individual--as no Christians are...I still struggle with temptations to sin even though drunkenness is not one of them for me.
Interesting. I think I probably blew off church to go out drinking the day they read and discussed those...
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:06   #151
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I didn't drink for 18 years, unless the wife and I went out to dinner without the kids. I figured "whatever Daddy drank the kids could drink" never a beer or a bottle of wine in the fridge. Now we are empty nesters and I have a much more stressfully job I have a couple of strong bourbon shots after work before dinner. I enjoy it and don't plan to change my routine
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:13   #152
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Old Grandad or Wild Turkey on the rocks every evening after supper, beer on the weekends after the saturday trip to the range.
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:20   #153
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I stopped drinking at 18. was never serious about it again until about 10 years ago. Mom and dad were both pretty bad, but I learned from their mistakes. I partied my ass of plenty of times, and never suffered any more than the occasional headache. I still get good and drunk once a month or so, when lack of responsibility permits. I hate bars, and never drive ****ed up.
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:22   #154
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i don't drink.

sober since september 22, 2006

health reasons.
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:34   #155
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I've never had a sip, never will.

Parents were alcoholics, it ****ed up my childhood bad. I can not understand what the appeal of being intoxicated could possibly be and am disgusted by the concept. I do have friends who drink, I do not associate with them when they are drinking.

Those who drink and drive should be charged with attempted murder.
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:36   #156
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Brother...no matter what choice you make...about anything, there is someone against it.

like I have said here many times, if a snake was eating a baby, someone would be on the snakes side.

As long as we are free to give those forces the finger...let it go.

Who are you to judge what's good for the snake to eat or not?! It's got to eat same as you do!
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:36   #157
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I don't drink at all.Haven't since 2000.If i ever have to use my gun in self defense i wont have to worry about having alcohol in my system.Also, it made me tired and getting older i'm tired anyway.
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:54   #158
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I been sober for 26 years. Got sober at a real young age of 20, pfft', not even old enough to drink yet! Anyway, got in a DWI accident as a passenger, almost lost my right leg. Court ordered to treatment, guess I listened. Being sober 'Indin seemed like a new thing back then in '87. Now there are many of us and we realize being a sober 'Indin is older than America. I get some flack at times, being a Lic. booze and dope counselor for the last 13 or so years. Some folks sayin' "Man, look at you Charley. Tryin' to change the world and all. Who you kiddin' dude?"
Well, I ain't trying to change the world, just my place in the world.
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Old 05-01-2013, 17:57   #159
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Non drinker here.

Reasons:

-2 days ago, I witnessed a double-fatality car accident about 50 feet from my apartment. Both occupants were drinking.
-My parents are sobered alcoholics of about 28 years sobriety.
-My sister is sobering up after years of alcohol and drug abuse.
-I've personally witnessed 6 DUI-related driving offenses and crashes that were non-fatal.

...my list goes on. Don't need alcohol. No sir, no thanks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 18:03   #160
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I quit drinking 22 years ago. It was easy to do. I don't miss it at all. No big reason, it was just something I thought I would try and never went back to drinking.

Now I have no intention of drinking again. The thought of drinking isn't even appealing anymore.
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