Alcoholism: Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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    May 19, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    I guess you can consider me living under a rock, because I really do not know this guy as an actor. I have however, seen him in an ad or two.

    When I drink too much, I become a bit inadvertent, which is why I have a two drink maximum. Maybe it is because I do not have any issues (thank goodness) that my friends refer to me as a happy drunk.

    Given that I have never had an explosion like Jonathan or Mel Gibson while intoxicated, I just do not understand. Drunk or not, I have had my share of fights and name calling. I have never pulled an Isaiah Washington or Michael Richards on anyone though. I admit that asshole is my favorite word, because at some point everyone is one. That is the extent of it for me though.

    Does alcohol just fuel an already hidden bigotry or racism or do people just lose it from time to time? Take into account that all of the people that I mentioned are repeat offenders. Click the link below.

    http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/05/19/jonathan-rhys-meyers-headed-back-to-rehab-after-airport-incident-report/
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    May 20, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    alcohol lowers inhibitions.
    On the positive side that will allow you to come on to your dream-guy, or dance like nobody's watching or singing Karaoke,

    on the negative side it brings out socially unacceptable behaviors that are usually under lock and key.

    My grandfather gave my mom the advice, that before the wedding she should see my dad drunk at least once and see whether she can handle it.
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    May 20, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    I was a silly, goofy, happy drunk, but it sure as hell wasn't a sign that I didn't have issues. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who regularly drinks to excess, regardless of whether they're happy drunks or mean drunks, has issues.
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    May 22, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    I become extremely introverted and quiet when I drink. If you want to have a good time with me, don't ply me with alcohol. I turn boring!

    Everyone is different when they drink. The main reason it removes inhibitions is because it slows down the reaction time. This is physical (why we don't drive while drunk) and mental. Usually someone's filter may stop them from saying something racist. Slow down the reaction time and the words may come before they have a chance to filter it.

    My filter actually makes me sociable. I'm actually very shy and have to force myself to talk to people.
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    May 22, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    Dakota nailed it perfectly. Nice job buddy!icon_wink.gif
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    May 22, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    Dakota_gent said...Slow down the reaction time and the words may come before they have a chance to filter it...


    Why does the word reaction not get slowed proportionately to the filter reaction?
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    May 22, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    It's amazing how quickly a man that handsome can become repellant, isn't it?

    I've never really been able to have more than a few drinks without becoming queasy, and that sort of ruins the whole point of getting a bit buzzed in the first place. It's supposed to be fun, not nauseating. So perhaps I speak from inexperience, because I've rarely been seriously drunk.

    But honestly, I don't get the excuses for such behavior. Some people are conjecturing it's a matter of your filter not being in place or running too slow, and therefore all sorts of things come out that you otherwise wouldn't say. Who in the world has those sorts of thoughts inside them in the first place though? It shouldn't be a matter of you screening what you're really thinking, it should be a matter of not being a bigot and/or prick in the first place.

    I prefer to think alcohol somehow just switches some people into assholes by dint of some biochemical pathway, and it's more like Tourette's. I'd rather not believe that people's underlying thought processes work that way in a sober state.
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    May 22, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    What a pity. He is a terrific actor. We all have our demons.
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    Nov 30, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    I think it's a fallacy to assume that what someone says is always a reflection of their true feelings. Sometimes people lie and sometimes they just say something because they're trying to hurt the other person. If a guy's drunk and calls someone a slur - racial, sexual or whatever - they might just be feeling angry or defensive and trying to strike out.

    I'm not saying it's right or healthy what they're doing, but I wouldn't think I'm finally seeing the person for "who they truly are".

    And I've had enough alcoholics in my family to gather some experience in the matter.
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    Nov 30, 2011 5:42 PM GMT
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    Seriously though, I've found that most of my fights with boyfriends involved copious amounts of alcohol. It's like adding fuel to the fire.

    Alcohol bad.
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    Nov 30, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    Dakota_gent saidI become extremely introverted and quiet when I drink. If you want to have a good time with me, don't ply me with alcohol. I turn boring!

    Everyone is different when they drink. The main reason it removes inhibitions is because it slows down the reaction time. This is physical (why we don't drive while drunk) and mental. Usually someone's filter may stop them from saying something racist. Slow down the reaction time and the words may come before they have a chance to filter it.

    My filter actually makes me sociable. I'm actually very shy and have to force myself to talk to people.

    Interesting, and accurate, observations. I have an ex-BF in West Fargo, North Dakota, who always says that gin make him like a "wounded dog." In other words, he gets nasty and snaps at you for no reason, confrontational & argumentative. With other alcohol he's rather pleasant.

    Funny how people react differently to alcohol, and even to different alcohols. Alcohol makes me a bit more sociable, since I'm actually rather introverted in company, unless I have the crutch of an outgoing guy alongside me.

    Hence both my partners (late & current) and all my BFs were extroverts. I needed their "push" to make me sociable in person, still do, despite the image I may try to project online here. Still, with practice & experience I may be getting a bit better, can actually say "hello" on my own when I enter a home.

    The delicate balance between alcohol that makes you sociable, and alcohol that makes you stupid, is a fine line, indeed. icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 30, 2011 6:35 PM GMT
    I have stages. At first it lubricates me socially and I'm loads of fun, but then I become "tragic clown." I start to think about my grandparents and how much I miss them. So pitiful.
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    Nov 30, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    Just remember that when sobering up, coffee is not the answer. Coffee, like alcohol, is a diuretic and will only decrease more water from the body increasing the chances of Stage 3 and Stage 4 of dehydration. Fatalities occur in Stage 4.
    Although many people recover from the hangover the following day, migranes and headaches are also signs of dehydration. The body can only tolerate so much that most people do not realize that dehydration on a regular basis can lead to disease and chronic diseases too. Because they recover from a drinking session, people do not even know that they are dehydrated. The damage to the body can occur over a length of time.
    Do the right thing and drink lots of water before, during and after drinking alcohol. Water will minimize the chances of a hangover and keep the body healthy and fit. Always drink plenty of water at all times.