Why do you drink alcohol?

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  1. buck_master_2001

    buck_master_2001 Elite Refuge Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Southern Mitten
    Nothing better than a cold Zima or Mikes Hard lemonade after a good mani/pedi.
  2. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

    Oct 20, 2000
    Bartlett, Tn., USA
    Several years ago a life insurance exam indicated I had a liver issue. So I went to my primary care doc, he asked me to quit drinking for four weeks and we'd test. So I did, and there was no change. Ended up doing that for six months before he finally sent me to a specialist who told me there was nothing wrong with my liver, and it was just a rate increaser for the insurance company.

    In that six months I learned a bit about why I drink. Many of my favorite foods simply weren't nearly as enjoyable without an alcohol pairing. Then there was the social aspect whether at duck camp or at home with company. A cup of kindness adds to the atmosphere.
  3. cootmeurer

    cootmeurer Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    I'm Not Even Sure Anymore
    I like the taste of a well brewed Lager, especially in warm weather. If I want something sweet I go with a hard cider. I also like a good aged Bourbon, Highland Scotch, or Anejo Rum.

    I have tried and tried and tried - but just can't find a wine that I like - so I don't drink wine.
  4. seiowa

    seiowa Elite Refuge Member

    Apr 23, 2015
    I don’t like the taste of wine either.

    But I’ve yet to find a drunk as fun as wine. I’ve also yet to find a hangover half as mean as one from wine.

    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Since retiring, I don't drink anymore nor do I drink any less. The last 5 years of employment was a living hell and the two beers I'd drink after getting home helped me settle down and relax.
  6. HaydenHunter

    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

    Dec 4, 2000
    Hayden Lake, ID USA
    90% of what I drink is wine, with only a few exceptions. A cold beer after working in the yard / at the end of a hunt or a couple of fingers of bourbon on the rocks maybe once a week. I do drink more at select social occasions (duck camp, vacation with other couples, etc.) I don't like hangovers so for that and other reasons (like basic maturity) you will not see me staggering around drunk.
  7. OneShotBandit

    OneShotBandit Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    I like a nice French Beaujlous (sp) or a Cali Cab-Sav w/Prime Rib or steak. I can't drink beer w/foods as it bloats me.
  8. Gander

    Gander Elite Refuge Member

    May 11, 2000
    Columbia, SC
    I enjoy a good stout beer about once a week but that's about the extent of my alcohol consumption. I used to enjoy red wine but my dentist didn't enjoy removing the stains on my teeth.

    Never enjoyed hard liquor drinks. To me it's like consuming gasoline.

    Getting drunk was a thing for me when I was younger but not anymore.

    I use the gym to combat stress.
  9. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

    Jan 5, 2003
    Fresno, California
    Initially as a teen, I drank strictly for the buzz... In doing so, I had some negative experiences with hard alcohol, and at the same time started developing a taste for beer... Currently, I also enjoy a good wine, but never did develop a taste for the hard stuff...

    Fruity/sissy mixed drinks do taste good, but I find that they also are hard on the stomach, and for me, I am more inclined to have a hang-over with anything sweet and strong... And due to the taste, I find myself drinking "too much" of it.

    Currently, I really enjoy the taste of a cold beer or good glass of wine, and I do enjoy copping a mild buzz. I enjoy the social aspect of a good drink and good friends or family... And, I enjoy the relaxation of a mild/moderate buzz. It has been 10 years or more since I have been drunk, and I do not remember the experience fondly or without embarrassment.

    And then there is spicy food... The wife is Asian, and I cannot even begin to keep up with her tolerance for spicy food, and on many occasions I need a COLD beer (or three) to get a meal down without calling 911... Love the spicy food (and I do not have any exit issues with the food, just tolerating the spice while I am eating)... A cold beer makes it easier for me to eat...

    As far as copping a buzz... Admittedly, a couple of beers help to relax the mind and body after a stressful day... Having an addictive personality, I have been careful to avoid drinking when "I need a drink," and I have avoided developing a taste for the hard stuff... It is tough to get "loaded" with 12 oz drinks that are 3-7% alcohol as compared to 1 oz drinks that are 40-60% alcohol.
  10. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    Virginia/Montauk NY
    Helps me aim better... urinal not a shotgun.

    Nonsense aside, a lot of what has been described here applies to me. I have alcoholism on both sides of my family and grew up around a lot of folks with serious substance abuse issues that were seen as social lubricants at the time. So I always kept that in mind, the problem used to be that I would counter not drinking 6 nights a week with drinking like a madman one night a week.

    In my teens/20s I drank too much. I have always been able to handle my booze and there are some fun stories to share but hangovers are brutal for me, I'm talking debilitating. I have slowed down a lot. I basically have two beers on Monday night after a softball game (20 weeks a year), and have a drink on Saturday night. It is rare for me to have more than 2-3 drinks in a sitting.

    IPAs are straight up tasty and pair great with grilled food. Wine, I like it but in small amounts usually only with food.
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