Do you drink alcohol?

@TheHorse (62298)
Pleasant Hill, California
August 11, 2016 1:27pm CST
Jesse Winchester, one of my favorite songwriter/musicians, wrote, "As soon as you learn that you don't live forever/you grow fond of the fruit of the vine." I suppose it was his way of saying that we use alcohol to dampen the sadness that life brings. I've imbibed since my college days, and while I have non-addictive tendencies, I have noticed that the older I get, the more I appreciate a shot or two of single malt Scotch late at night with friends. When my sinuses act up, and I have a headache, I don't drink at all. But that usually lasts only for a few days. Do you drink alcohol? Do you have friends for whom alcohol became a problem? I've known a few who were functioning alcoholics, including some family members. I think that leads me to periodically check my intake, to make sure it's not excessive. The photo is from my cousin's wedding, down in LA. I took it before the revelers descended on the table.
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@vandana7 (62543)
• India
12 Aug 16
My paternal uncle was a drunkard. He used to begin drinking before brushing his teeth, and the session would be continuous throughout the day and well into night, almost around 2 or so he would sleep, with a lot of incoherent stuff talking. His wife would sit at the door step listening to him and agreeing to whatever garbage he was talking, half dozing off herself. The guy never worked and neither did his wife! He had four children. Dad maintained that family and was almost a pauper when he retired. At retirement, dad received some monies and this man beat dad for those so that he could drink. We parted ways. Then dad's sister reconciled dad and him. Three years later, I was physically abused for monies. This time I put my foot down. Going was tough. I was not going to reconcile and starve. I was starving already because of this family and dad's sister's family whom dad had helped. So yes, it is a bit of personal thing I am prejudicial about such folks. His third son, incidentally, is again in the same mold. Family was desperate to get us to reconcile - nobody wants such responsibilities. lol. So if there is reconciliation, I get saddled with the responsibility. He is grown up, older than me. I don't want that responsibility! That said, I am fine if dad drinks occasionally, as long as it does not become something for which others are troubled. If people are not addicted to it, it is ok. If they are, they need to get real and do something about it.
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@Drosophila (16730)
• Ireland
12 Aug 16
yes! good on you for cutting the ties
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Aug 16
Is the family of a drunkard expected to support him there? Here, they try to help, and eventually move on.
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@vandana7 (62543)
• India
12 Aug 16
@TheHorse ... There is no law that family needs to support. But social pressures are there. We moved on. But what happens is the drunkards try to borrow and nobody wants to be giving. If they can saddle them again on one of the family members, they are relieved. That is what is happening at this end. They feel I have nobody so I can take on the responsibility of the irresponsible cousin. But I have my obligations to clear, and I want to do some charity. This is not the kind of charity I have in mind, considering the sufferings I went through. I don't want another family member to think they can get away with this behavior, family net will some how take care of them. Pony the aunt and her kids were supported by my father, but I lost my mom when I was five and a half and not a single time did she do anything just anything for me! No visits, no cards, no phone calls, no packing. I don't feel grateful to such folks merely because they are legally related to me. Sorry! And now that dad has mentioned about their cruelty in Will, I think I am safe..and they wouldn't come unless they want to be in soup. It is a registered will.
@sallypup (26348)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Aug 16
Nope. Never have. Never will. I've glugged too much sugar but not booze.
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Aug 16
By day, I'm rather addicted to Gatorade.
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@sallypup (26348)
• Moses Lake, Washington
11 Aug 16
@TheHorse That drink has too much after taste.
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Aug 16
@sallypup I've never noticed it. I'm taking a kid client cycling in an hour and am watering up with Gatorade as we speak. I'll check for an aftertaste.
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@Daljinder (21025)
• India
11 Aug 16
Nope! Non-drinker and plan to remain as such!
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Aug 16
Are most of the people you know non-drinkers?
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@xFiacre (4280)
• Ireland
11 Aug 16
@thehorse A few fingers of whiskey late at night is a fine practice. I drink Jameson's mostly.
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 Aug 16
Ah, sounds good. Too early in the day to think further about it, though.
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@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
12 Aug 16
It makes me sleepy so I tend not to drink much
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@sol_cee (14333)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
12 Aug 16
I've only been drunk once in my life. lol
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Aug 16
Once is enough. Tipsy and silly can be fun.
@shivamani10 (11131)
• Hyderabad, India
12 Aug 16
Anything in excess is not good.
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Aug 16
Very true.
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@crossbones27 (18553)
• Redlands, California
12 Aug 16
I only drink on Sunday,then Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, then the rest of the week. I actually do not drink that much, but with the way society keeps going I want to drink everyday. So rude and violence is not everything. Treat people better and I will want to drink less. Am I the only one who feels that?
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Aug 16
I don't know that the news affects me. But I only drink on days that end with "y."
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@celticeagle (117267)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Aug 16
I don't drink much anymore. My granddaughter brought some hard cider one time named Angry Orchard. It was tasty. I had about half of one bottle and was feeling tipsy.
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@Drosophila (16730)
• Ireland
11 Aug 16
I can drink non stop if I want. But I have been curbing my drinking, I feel better for it, and look better for it. The longest I went non drinking was for the entire lent duration. And I was surprised how good I felt not drinking. Alchol is a depressant actually
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• Bournemouth, England
12 Aug 16
No, I am a lifelong teetotaller and have never felt that I am missing out on anything. I don't even knowingly consume it in food.
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@TheHorse (62298)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Aug 16
I don't think youre missing that much. It can make some people feel relaxed. But it also makes people think they're smarter or funnier than they are while they're drinking.
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@suziecat7 (3399)
• Asheville, North Carolina
15 Aug 16
I do drink my favorite bloody mary sometimes in the evening. It helps to take the edge off of my work days. But I only drink one.
@jayaramas (1358)
• Bangalore, India
13 Aug 16
never, i never want to
• United States
12 Aug 16
Actually , I don't drink at all, I don't care for the taste, I would probably be the only one reaching for a soda.