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    Dec 15, 2011 1:20 AM GMT
    Last weekend I was at a party and people are drinking and having a good time but I don't drink. While I don't have a problem with people drinking I sometimes feel left out and sometimes not included in plans because I don't drink. I've had countless opportunities and several people encouraging me to have a drink over the years but I haven't. Am I missing anything by not drinking? Anybody else not drink?
  • commoncoll

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    Dec 15, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    Not really. Not much to miss there. You can have fun and socialise without it. I don't drink, plenty of other people don't drink. In fact, 29% of Americans say they have never drunk alcohol.
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    no you are not missing anything. count yourself lucky that you don't require alcohol to have a good time.

    its over-rated imo.
  • tazzari

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    Dec 15, 2011 1:30 AM GMT
    Nothing wrong with not drinking!
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    northarrow saidLast weekend I was at a party and people are drinking and having a good time but I don't drink.
    Notice the words in bold.
    Alcohol = Win
    That is all. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    tazzari saidNothing wrong with not drinking!
    Nothing wrong with it, but it sure makes for a helluva boring night out. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 15, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    not a thing wrong with not drinking...
  • tuffguyndc

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    Dec 15, 2011 2:29 AM GMT
    northarrow saidLast weekend I was at a party and people are drinking and having a good time but I don't drink. While I don't have a problem with people drinking I sometimes feel left out and sometimes not included in plans because I don't drink. I've had countless opportunities and several people encouraging me to have a drink over the years but I haven't. Am I missing anything by not drinking? Anybody else not drink?
    No not really, I mean outside a few health benefits I do not think you are missing out on anything. Is there a reason why you do not drink? I drink like a pirate but I am also lucky because I do not get hangovers either. knock on wood. ha ha ha
  • Import

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    Dec 15, 2011 2:30 AM GMT
    I think some people think when people "dont drink" that the person is a pretentious asshole with a stick up his ass..... who is no fun and "holier than thou"

    im not saying i think this, but this is what people will usually think
  • Import

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    Dec 15, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    northarrow said
    Import saidI think some people think when people "dont drink" that the person is a pretentious asshole with a stick up his ass..... who is no fun and "holier than thou"

    im not saying i think this, but this is what people will usually think


    Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I think they don't like having someone that could recall all of their idiotic acts the next day.


    see??? this is exactly what I mean by "holier than thou"

    as if everyone that has a drink will do "idiotic" things that they will not remember, however u.... in all ur glorious sobriety will recount the moments and laugh quietly (and satisfyingly) to urself....

    Theresd a fine line between having a few cocktails socially and getting shit-faced drunk and not remembering things.

    Nothing wrong with a few drinks. It gets a lot of people laid, who otherwise wouldn't.

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    Dec 15, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    ALCOHOL.............HELPING UGLY PEOPLE HAVE SEX SINCE 8000B.C.


    [never helped me!]
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    Dec 15, 2011 2:53 AM GMT
    Everything in moderation. Making an idiot of yourself is part of the fun sometimes. But you can drink without getting hammered and losing control of your actions. If you have legitimate reasons for not drinking it's fine, but I think it's better to indulge responsibly.
  • DrobUA

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    Being sober around a bunch of drunk people is like pretending to laugh at a joke you don't understand. Everyone else has killed enough brain cells to make them think they are having an awesome time when really they are just sitting there. You don't get the joke because you are in a normal state of mind. I personally don't drink to often but I used to so I see both sides of the spectrum. Yes, drinking is more fun, but if you don't like it or don't like how you are when you do it then don't.

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    I'd rather be drunk.
  • Link27

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    I only have a drink here and there during a nice dinner - once every few months if that. It's horrible for my social life - I'm not a person who gets together with others at a bar and can't wait to get drunk after work, or on the weekend. I also don't have much to say when everyone starts talking about how much they love to drink and be drunk. I don't have a problem with people being that way, but I do feel left out and weird that I don't live that lifestyle.
  • Montague

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    I order my drinks without ice and tell the bartender don't be stingy...you get more alcohol that way. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    wolfpackbuddy saidEverything in moderation. Making an idiot of yourself is part of the fun sometimes. But you can drink without getting hammered and losing control of your actions. If you have legitimate reasons for not drinking it's fine, but I think it's better to indulge responsibly.


    Whoever said that getting hammered meant losing control of your actions?

    Some of us are so pro that we can stay sober for months on end, and still safely call on our friends to seek out sweet oblivion ;)
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    I used to be the one that didn't drink but then I was like fuck it and joined the club. I mean you can drink a couple and just chill. It's a fine balance.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Just one of those trial and error things you could have.

    I wouldn't feel bad for not drinking, at all. You just need to find more of the non-drinking crowd in a drinking environment.

    Just sit back and enjoy the show!
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    I drink very rarely. I used to completely abstain, but I have started to allow myself to have a drink every now and then - like if I know I'm not going to be driving.

    Like if I'm away on a trip and I know I am just staying at a hotel or something.

    I limit it to one, maybe two, but no more.

    You're not really missing out on anything, except the social aspect of it. Besides, the drinks have a lot of calories which means extra hours in the gym.

    But if you're comfortable being the non-drinker, than go for it. I did it for years and years. Some people will give you a hard time, but most will understand.

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    Dec 15, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    I didn't drink, smoke weed, or have sex until 18. My reasoning? I was "better than that", I had "willpower"... BS. I tried them all and realized there was no harm in doing any of them if you can control yourself. My social life in high school sucked until that year ;-) oh, and the third one is definitely my favorite vice.

    If you haven't had a problem with alcoholism, prove to yourself that you have self control and take a drink. Nobody likes a wet blanket.
    You already know that you don't "have" to drink to have fun socially. Give it a try some time anyways.
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    I don't drink because I don't like the taste of alcohol and never feel it is necessary to be consumed. Yeah, I feel bad about not drinking sometimes. And I'm not even talking about people who get drunk or anything like that. I'm talking about not drinking at a nice social function like an art gallery or going out for dinner at a nice restaurant or even a company party where everyone is having at least ONE drink. I don't even have that.

    I've had alcohol before, but I didn't like it and I felt like I was poisoning my body. Sometimes, on my way home after a social event, if I DID drink alcohol, I tell myself that I should have just had water that night instead. Also, I don't really sleep well after I've had an alcoholic drink. It feels like it dries out my skin or something.

    I try to tell myself about "moderation" and that it's ok if I drink just one drink. But when I walk up to the bartender, I usually end up ordering water or juice.

    I've always felt that alcohol poisons your body over time. Maybe this is one of the reasons people have a hard time getting rid of love-handles. Also, in the rare times I've had alcohol at a social function, it didn't increase my "fun factor" and I felt depressed that it didn't "work." It also doesn't help that I'm annoyingly shy. *Sigh*
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    commoncoll saidNot really. Not much to miss there. You can have fun and socialise without it. I don't drink, plenty of other people don't drink. In fact, 29% of Americans say they have never drunk alcohol.




    that's what they SAY....


    I believe a little alcohol is always fun. I'm not saying getting wasted is cool but a little bit can make this so funny.
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    I've never tasted alcohol in my entire life and in total honesty, I neither think I'm missing out on anything "fun" or "good" nor I have any curiosity to know what alcohol tastes like. Not interested, not curious, nothing. Nada.

    While I don't mind and honestly don't even care who drinks and why, I do resent the people who make assumptions about my lack of interest in alcohol. Who in the hell gave people permission to automatically assume I'm stuck up, arrogant, holier-than-thou (e.g., see Import's comment to the OP above), etc.?

    If other people want to drink in moderation or get plastered, awesome for them. Have your fun whichever way you like it. I have every right to go out and have an awesome time without drinking alcohol just like the people for whom alcohol is an absolute necessity in order to have fun.

    Don't worry, Northarrow, if other people judge you because you don't drink. The fact that they judge because of it is a clear sign they don't know you. All the people I care about embrace me as I am and my not drinking is an absolute non-issue for them. And that's exactly how it's supposed to be. You'd be surprised, there are millions of us non drinkers on this great planet of ours.
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    Import said
    northarrow said
    Import saidI think some people think when people "dont drink" that the person is a pretentious asshole with a stick up his ass..... who is no fun and "holier than thou"

    im not saying i think this, but this is what people will usually think


    Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I think they don't like having someone that could recall all of their idiotic acts the next day.


    see??? this is exactly what I mean by "holier than thou"

    as if everyone that has a drink will do "idiotic" things that they will not remember, however u.... in all ur glorious sobriety will recount the moments and laugh quietly (and satisfyingly) to urself....

    Theresd a fine line between having a few cocktails socially and getting shit-faced drunk and not remembering things.

    Nothing wrong with a few drinks. It gets a lot of people laid, who otherwise wouldn't.



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