Why do you drink HEthens?
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@bayleyboy, But drinking to the amount of getting a very enjoyable buzz is awesome. I havent drunk to black out in a long time. Drinking is a fantastic way to socialize, not only because your inhibitions are lowered, but because so is everyone elses. I love it when people come out of their shells who normally dont do so. Also, I suffer from a disease known as “empty hand syndrome”, I get fidgety standing around with nothing in my hands. A beer cures that problem very well.
I actually am surprised that no one has mentioned the artistry of crafting a alcoholic beverage of legitimate quality. No other consumable comes close in sheer joy for me than sipping an incredible Cabernet paired with an appropriate meal.
That said, drinking cheaper things in higher volume for the sake of socializing or “taking the edge off” is something I do frequently but in moderation. When I am in a party atmosphere, as well as alone, it allows me to relax some of the general anxiety I carry around day to day. It’s one thing to say “Well, if you want to to relax, just meditate all the time” but really, a serving of vodka before bed really helps me effectively fall asleep where I might have otherwise been kept awake with my busy mind.
Alcohol as an excuse is never a great idea. I don’t need it to be social, I don’t need it to sleep, nor do I insist on having it for any particular instance related to the aforementioned examples…it’s just nice to have the lubricant sometimes.
And again, in vino veritas
good beer is tasty. so is good whiskey.
@greenthinker, If you are worried about being judged, YOU judge people too much
well said. once I realized how little attention people were paying to me, it was liberating. and I stopped judging other people.
@butidonteven, you can get past that w/out alcohol if you try. practice being sociable everywhere and pretty soon you’ll be “naturally” sociable. I used to be a shy introvert – until I decided I wasn’t going to be that person anymore.
Drinking is a nice peaceful activity that helps me take a few minutes and reflect after a long day at work. Sometimes, after spending 40-50 hours a week in an office and 6-9 hours a week in class, it’s pretty damn fun to “get silly” with friends and take my mind off of my daily routine and concerns. People tend to open up and talk more when alcohol is involved. When I play shows buzzed I worry less about what people think of me, so I perform better.
Also, I love the taste and feel of beer, wine, whiskey, rum, etc…