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07 Aug 2013, 9:56 am

Almost everybody drinks, including teens and some kids. I do not.



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07 Aug 2013, 10:00 am

I'm 24, and have never drank alcohol before. It's a combination of spending so many years in religious groups that didn't look favorably upon alcohol, and the fact that losing control of my mind/coordination and then throwing up afterwards never a[ppealed to me, especially the throwing up. :lol:

I probably couldn't drink if I wanted to now since I'm on anti depressants.



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07 Aug 2013, 2:24 pm

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I see this thread turned into two topics... Regarding drinking, I used to drink like a fish. I was able to 'almost' act like a normal person when drunk. Alas, I make very bad decisions while drunk and decided that it was a bad idea for me to continue. Regarding boot camp, I went through it in the mid 80's. Best time of my life. I didn't have to make a single decision, just hurry up and wait. Part of the reason you may have heard different levels of difficulty in boot camp is that there were different levels. Marine boot camp during the time my step father served up until the late 80's was a 13 week training session. Navy and Army were both 9 weeks. I was told that the Air Force was only 7 weeks, I don't know about that one though. The only reason I stop at the late 80's is that I haven't talked to anyone in the Marine Corps since I got out of the Navy.

I would drink like a fish if only I could. self-anaesthesia is a good thing at times. regarding basic, the drills often made us do pushups until we collapsed from sheer exhaustion [I had to do a hundred which were pathetically imperfect towards the end] and then they'd grab us by the scruff of the neck and ram us into the ground and yank us back up, screaming curses at us all the while.



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07 Aug 2013, 5:32 pm

I'm underage...

Doubt it, considering my uncle snuck me some wine and I gagged.


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08 Aug 2013, 1:32 pm

I haven't touched alcohol for years. My experience with it has been mostly very light drinking (although I did overdo it a couple of times as a teenager). I drank beer a little bit during my later years of college after a long time away from alcohol (just by myself - by this time I really didn't have much of a social life). While I often did enjoy the feeling of having a couple of bottles of beer, especially when I made a night of it, cooked a nice meal for myself, watched a good movie, etc., I had to give it up because of negative side effects. Two beers were good, but I added a third once and kind of spiraled into a panic attack. I felt like sh** and was very anxious most of the next day. Also, even when the actual drinking experience wasn't unpleasant, for about half of the next day I usually felt like I was in kind of a haze, and more prone to depression, anxiety, etc. The last time I drank alcohol was the day I graduated from college and "rewarded myself" with a couple of bottles of beer. The next day I felt crappy and anxious, so I just thought screw it, it's not worth it.



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08 Aug 2013, 1:41 pm

I tasted beer when I was 6 and hated it, now I can drink it even though It's bitter and I've gone to parties since I was 18, then I drink mostly drink 40% liquor (sometimes blended) and when it comes to drinking alone I drink Captain Morgan Spiced Gold & Cola, Smirnoff Ice and Irish Cream, I don't drink red & white wine so often though, when I do I blend them with orange juice and sometimes cola.



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08 Aug 2013, 4:07 pm

I drink. I love screwdrivers (especially with vanilla vodka).

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I would drink like a fish if only I could.


OMG the mental images that gave me. I will treasure them forever!



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08 Aug 2013, 4:27 pm

somebody needs to make a good 3% sweet hard cider. or maybe some sweet applejack.



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08 Aug 2013, 4:39 pm

I do drink I love alcohol, it calms my Paranoia episodes however my mates and family say I drink far too much.



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08 Aug 2013, 4:43 pm

BritAspie wrote:
I do drink I love alcohol, it calms my Paranoia episodes however my mates and family say I drink far too much.


If I liked to drink, I'd learn to make my own. I'm not sure about Britain, but in the US moonshine is making a comeback.



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08 Aug 2013, 4:46 pm

in Belgium, chocolate beer is routine, but not in America- WHY??? Image



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08 Aug 2013, 4:52 pm

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in Belgium, chocolate beer is routine, but not in America- WHY??? Image


Blabby, Belgians do some crazy things with alcohol. I remember this one brand of beer called Duvel that was fourteen percent alcohol and came in one liter bottles. Try slamming a half dozen of those.



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08 Aug 2013, 5:16 pm

Thelibrarian wrote:
auntblabby wrote:
in Belgium, chocolate beer is routine, but not in America- WHY??? Image


Blabby, Belgians do some crazy things with alcohol. I remember this one brand of beer called Duvel that was fourteen percent alcohol and came in one liter bottles. Try slamming a half dozen of those.

how does it compare with MD20/20?



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08 Aug 2013, 5:21 pm

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AFAIC, hops make beer taste like dirt- bitter. I don't understand how so many folks find bitter flavors to be delicious. that is like saying dirt is delicious.
I completely agree. People have told me that it is an acquired taste and it takes time to like it. I don't understand why anyone would go through that kind of effort. That baffles me. Hops are fantastic to help you sleep though. Put some dried hops in a sachet in your pillowcase and you will be fast asleep in no time. In fact people who work in some breweries have a hard time staying awake.



Beer is most definitely an acquired taste. Just like a lot of other bitter things such as teas, coffee, dark chocolate, etc...after a while there isn't as much of a sharp bitter bite and there's a dance of subtle nuances of flavors on the tongue. In hoppy bears such as pale ales, I'll often taste notes of pineapple, orange, banana, spicey pepper, apple, etc depending on the type of hops and brew. When I was younger I'd often think, ya right, bull sh*t it taste like those things :roll: , but once I acquired a taste I started to notice a lot of subtle flavors in good quality brews. The same essential oils/terpenes found in hops are found in other fruits/herbs/flowers, which contribute flavor & aroma.






In regards to the original post....I drank a little bit in my late teen years, got buzzed my first time when I was 18. For a few years I'd drink occasionally with friends and get rather drunk every so often, I was kinda doing it just because it seemed like the thing to do. As I became older I realized how lame and boring of a drug alcohol is. I thoroughly enjoy the taste of good beer, I really do, but I don't like the effects of alcohol all that much, just makes me sleepy and numb. Maybe once or twice a month I'll have a beer or two with dinner or when hanging with a friend.

As far as using something to loosen up when I find my self in a social setting, I much prefer cannabis and/or kratom.



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08 Aug 2013, 7:39 pm

There were seriously desperate times in my life when I'd drink anything to get a buzz, this included rotgut wines like Cisco and MD 20/20.

I used to go around collecting bottles to make enough money to buy a 40 oz of beer. I also dumpster-dived for those empty bottles, too.

My grandfather smoked opium. My father drank heavy liquor. I don't think my brothers or sister drink like I do or did.

I think I might be the only one from my family who also did drugs, but I could be wrong. My siblings are secretive about their lives.

I also had my first drink, gin, when I was 7 or 8. My uncle left out it just so I can drink it. Boy, was I drunk!