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I voted 'never tried' on the crack/heroin/acid threads, mainly because I was a heavy drinker for 10 years and that was my drug of choice. The way I would describe alcohol to someone is that it's like the scene in 'A Clockwork Orange' where Alex and his gang to into the milk bar. There are all the different types of milk with stuff added into them to make you relaxed, or more aggressive, or whatever. Alcohol is like all of those things put together at the same time.

Poll Results

I currently use alcohol regularly 32
I currently use alcohol occasionally 22
I used to use alcohol regularly 4
I have never tried alcohol 2
I tried alcohol once 1
I used to use alcohol occasionally 1

the feeling is surreal (snoball), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 16:12 (nine years ago) link

avg three beers & two shots once or twice a week (more often once, these days) - don't know if I should vote occasionally or regularly.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:51 (nine years ago) link

Alcohol is not a drug, it's a drink

love, light, and walkabout-thinking (admrl), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:52 (nine years ago) link

It's a drug you can drink, with minimal drug paraphernalia.

the feeling is surreal (snoball), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:28 (nine years ago) link

Currently use occasionally (less and less as time goes on).

Steamtable Willie (WmC), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:31 (nine years ago) link

I'd be interested if there's anyone on ILX who's never tried alcohol (aside from those who have never drunk for religious/medical reasons).

the feeling is surreal (snoball), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:34 (nine years ago) link

with minimal drug paraphernalia.

Speak for yourself. A well-stocked bar will have various paraphenalia including knife, cutting board, juicer, shaker, toothpicks, straws, napkins, garnishes, mixers, and wild variety of glasses suited to various drinks.

pareilles à celles auxquelles l'étiquette de la cour assujettit (Michael White), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:38 (nine years ago) link

I like alcohol alright, I like beers w/ big meals or big meals after beers. or mimosas with brunch. but I don't particularly enjoy being super drunk and never have the urge to drink excessively cause it's just an unpleasant feeling. I guess I mostly just like alcohol in relation to food.

iatee, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:39 (nine years ago) link

I used to throw back gin and tonic like there was no tomorrow. Usually Tanqueray, occasionally Bombay Sapphire. Spent many evenings getting piss drunk on it, racking huge tabs up, and narrowly avoiding trouble. One night drove when I should have and almost smashed into a parked fire truck.

The last time I had that drink was a night where I bought a full bottle of Tanqueray 10 to a party where nobody else wanted it, and I polished off 75% of the bottle myself in one night, and (quite irresponsibly) drove home when I should not have. Woke up the next day to the worst hangover in my existence, feeling so sick that I was having dry heaves until about 5 pm that day. At this point I recognized that not only was I making bad life choices while I was smashed, but that it was no longer fun.

Shifted to wine, beer, and the occasional spirit, and I don't get drunk anymore (other than once last year, a rarity). Gradually over time became a beer nut, and will drink a beer or two as a complement to dinner, usually a pale ale. When I go out to drink, it's usually beer, occasionally liquor, but only enough to relax and usually I cut off at 2.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Thursday, 1 March 2012 02:05 (nine years ago) link

One night drove when I should have

should NOT have, obv...

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Thursday, 1 March 2012 02:06 (nine years ago) link

nothing unusual here for my part of the world, except maybe i started a little later than my peers (16) and hit it a little harder (went through a period in my late teens of going through close to a pint of vodka or whiskey most nights out).

Have done the blacking out, have driven home without knowing how, woken up without the odd tooth. Y'know.

These days i drink mainly decent whiskeys and rarely to anything past mild tipsiness. Can drink socially but try to watch myself. Parental alcoholism was a major factor in a pretty disastrous upbringing but i like to think i've got a reasonable handle on how i use it these days.

Streep? That's where I'm a-striking! (darraghmac), Thursday, 1 March 2012 02:18 (nine years ago) link

Regular user here

lost dion/tomita collab (blank), Thursday, 1 March 2012 02:37 (nine years ago) link

i am tripping on alcohol right now if anyone has any questions

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 March 2012 02:42 (nine years ago) link

Voted "occasionally". Had five pints tonight, but like Darragh "part of the world" skews the defintions. When I go home I realise that I'm never the most drunk, and that's one reason I'm dubious about moving back to Ireland.

In retrospect I had a problem in my early twenties linked to crippling social anxiety, got in trouble a couple of times and made a bad impression on lots of people I could otherwise have got along with fine. These days I stick to beer and good whisk(e)y and there aren't many opportunities to get absolutely plastered. But for better or worse, the rush of a night in the offing gets me every time and I get too much pleasure from drinking with friends to ever consider giving it up. I pretty much never drink on my own though.

seandalai, Thursday, 1 March 2012 02:45 (nine years ago) link

I'm ~6 months cold turkey after many years of over-indulgence and it's been great! Very rarely tempted to go back. Unfort I have to go to a fundraiser thing this Sat night with dozens of casual friends who will be drinking like fish and I'll have to deal with dozens of well-intentioned offers of drinks. Would rather skip tbh.

tobo73, Thursday, 1 March 2012 15:38 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 00:01 (nine years ago) link

tried it once

Mo Money Mo Johnston (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 6 March 2012 01:02 (nine years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 00:01 (nine years ago) link

maybe the non-drinkers didn't click the thread?

an elk hunt (Ówen P.), Friday, 9 March 2012 13:57 (nine years ago) link

Maybe the non-crackheads, junkies, and acid freaks didn't click the crack/heroin/acid threads?

rain came down like water falling from the clouds (snoball), Friday, 9 March 2012 14:01 (nine years ago) link

ah so this thread is a gateway thread

an elk hunt (Ówen P.), Friday, 9 March 2012 14:34 (nine years ago) link

Maybe the non-drinkers don't come to ILX.

Mark G, Friday, 9 March 2012 15:03 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

this is a little ridic but i've been drinking kombuchas like 2 in a row and enjoying the small buzz though i've been sober for 2 years. is this cheating

map, Monday, 22 August 2016 01:42 (four years ago) link

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