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View Poll Results: How much do you drink?
I don't drink 9 39.13%
A few times a year 4 17.39%
I drink within my country's advised limit 1 4.35%
I drink within a self-prescribed limit 6 26.09%
I drink whatever the hell I want, thank you 3 13.04%
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Old 06-14-2019, 04:57 AM   #31
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I've always been a non-drinker / water drinker, which I think is a good thing for me - I've reason to suspect I'd have relied on the bottle too much if I'd started.

I once worked with someone who talked about a "vice gap" - something in most people that had to be filled, so that non-drinkers would (in her experience) do something else to "unwind", often to excess. I suspect it's not so much a gap as a coping mechanism when life is out of balance, but either way it might explain the amount of time I spent on games last week in my youth...

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...So I am drinking a lot less. I certainly feel good but don't necessarily feel more energetic [I still arrive blearily-eyed to work and am next to useless before two cups of strong coffee]. I am interested to see what other's experiences are with drinking. Do you not drink at all, do you drink an amount you're happy with or do you think you drink a bit too much?
It could be that you'll need to cut back on the coffee next. If you're adapted to a certain level of caffeine in your system then you'll always feel rough before your first hit of the day regardless of how much sleep or beer you've had.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 06:29 AM   #32
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I drink mostly when I get together with my friends or after an extra long and stressful week. Or maybe if I'm traveling and want to experience what other countries have to offer in terms of alcohol.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 06:49 AM   #33
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Same as most of you guys, did some drinking in younger years, but now a LOT less; occasionally on weekends...

My all time favourite is Reverend from Avery brewing in Boulder, CO: https://www.averybrewing.com/beers/the-reverend
It is hard to find here in South East US, so mostly I will have Belgium beers in my fridge.

PS. Not sure if I should post a link of Beer here; if it's against the rules, I will remove it.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 07:30 AM   #34
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I think (haven't bothered to keep up with the technology since retiring) the difference is that the portable breath testers are (or should be) specific for alcohol and the other recreational drugs need a "lick" test. Blood tests should cover all of them.
I don't disagree with you; but my point was that if alcohol is still a "drug", then whatever kind of test it is; it's still a "drug test" either way.

Did you used to work on breath testers out of interest?

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Things have changed since my time (not the "misconceptions" bit - that was always around). Or do they mean that only someone "under the influence" would apply for a job there?
Yeah, just knocked back a slab; do I get the job?

Sorry, I couldn't help myself
 
Old 06-14-2019, 09:35 AM   #35
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Going back over 10 years, I was almost shocked at the big city drinking culture in London. To fit in, you had to go out at least 3 times per week at around 4pm and drink until around 1am, then stagger back home or sometimes crash on someone's sofa - that kind of thing. I could not tell you how much we would drink, but it was way too much!

Now, things are very tame, but I "know" I should drink less and less often, however there are no problems as such (health or otherwise). I only drink after 10pm and I get up by 7am every single day. I never have hangovers, but I know that at least the number of calories I am putting into my body is a bad thing. I have started going to the gym every other day 10pm-11pm to burn some calories and lessen the impact, but I find it hard to not crack open a beer or pour a glass of wine in the evening. No harm, no foul? The scary thing is that some days I can knock back a whole bottle of wine in an evening without feeling at all drunk, sleep just fine and wake up at 7am feeling fine. But a bottle of wine in one evening or a 4 pack of beers should be really bad for my health and I suppose that I am paranoid that I am building up over the years to an irreversible state of health, even though I am getting fitter at the gym every week...

So it is a strange relationship for me - I have no problem controlling myself - I will happily be a designated driver on a night out and drink no alcohol at all, but at home, I just enjoy the taste of beer and wine over anything else (and have had enough tea and coffee throughout the day). I almost wish I did not like it, but I also get bored of water and any other soft drinks. I sometimes have alcohol free beers (but wine is gross), but they do not taste the same and somehow make me feel more bloated than normal beer - I also, like others, go for more artisan beers and enjoy trying different ones each time.

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Old 06-14-2019, 09:46 AM   #36
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Moderation is key!!! https://i.imgur.com/FURMjnm.jpg
 
Old 06-14-2019, 09:55 AM   #37
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right now i am absolutist, no booze or cannabis products.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 10:10 AM   #38
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I don't need to write anything rtmistler already did it for me.

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I've drank in my life, however I haven't drank alcohol since probably the 1980s. At some point I stopped. I had a young family to take care of, all kinds of laws were being shored up to address drinking and driving, I was very much into working out, and also needed every penny, as well as needed to be present with my family. Thus, I saved money by not drinking, I didn't have any problems stopping me from getting up early to workout, or to get to work, and I didn't have conflicts where I was away from my family partying. Sorry, but as a young person, that's all drinking was about, and I decided it was no longer a priority.

My kids eventually reached drinking age and I didn't "lecture" them, I just told them my opinions. Meanwhile in going to dinner with each of them, the act of ordering alcoholic drinks was a novelty to them, and then they realized how much it costs.

Hey. People drink. I get that. I just don't.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 10:29 AM   #39
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Old joke: I don't drink any more. Of course I don't drink any less either.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 10:36 AM   #40
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I quit drinking in 2002, I also quit smoking back in about 1992, & I have never been a gambler.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 10:42 AM   #41
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I have never been a gambler and I have never smoked. My father was a smoker and he didn't want me to become one, so when I was about five years old, he gave me a cigarette. Of course it made me sick and I never wanted to try one again. Nowadays I suppose that would be considered a form of child abuse but I'm actually very grateful that he did it.

Gambling has always struck me as a mug's game. Why spend money if you don't get anything in exchange? Even as a child, I remember I only played penny arcade machines if they gave you something in exchange for your penny, like a kaleidoscopic display for instance. I wasn't interested in the ones where you put in a penny and perhaps you got five pence out but mostly you got nothing at all.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 11:07 AM   #42
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I've never seen the point of gambling. Why throw away money for the slight chance of winning more? Gambling plays on our greed.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 11:20 AM   #43
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I've never seen the point of gambling. Why throw away money for the slight chance of winning more? Gambling plays on our greed.
I don't get it either, you have more chances by investing your money in some stocks
 
Old 06-14-2019, 11:59 AM   #44
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I don't get it either, you have more chances by investing your money in some stocks
Securities trading is just one big gamble and it is done with the money of people that aren't gambling. If I had my way there would be laws requiring any security be held for a year before being sold. That would put an end to the shenanigans big brokerage firms and banks play. I'd also outlaw "short selling" and other dodges - if you don't actually possess the stock you shouldn't be allowed to gamble on it.

By the way, I never really understood "gambling addiction" until I spent a week in Las Vegas. I played there with the expectation of losing it. It was in fact fun to play and of course winning makes it even more fun. When you win you want to continue to see if you win more and if you lose you want to continue to try to win it back. It was on my drive back across country on leaving Las Vegas that I realized how many places have Indian casinos. Every time I saw a sign for one I had a compulsion (successfully resisted each time) to stop for "just one more hand" of blackjack. It was then that I understood how strong the compulsion was and how some people might not have the will power to overcome it.
 
Old 06-14-2019, 01:38 PM   #45
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I know we're @off-topic with the gambling discussion. Either case, I agree. It's sort of like throwing your money at someone else.

Worse in my humble opinion are the lottery tickets, and scratch tickets.

Anyone have that relative who gives a bunch of scratch tickets as holiday gifts? So you all stand around with coins, scratch 30 or 40 cards between everybody, and one person wins $2!

And what is that scratch off stuff made of? (Probably lead! Yeah, I can search for it ...)

Edit: And yes I did. It's two layers of ink, a base and then the silver one. Obviously they needed something where shining a light on it would not reveal the information behind it. Yes, all deemed to be safe by our current standards. But what do I know, I used to chew the window sills in our house when I was a kid ...

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