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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:13 PM

Any non-drinkers on the board? 


The thread about the AU ex-football player made me wonder about the prevalence of drinking in general.  I average having a drink about once every 5 years but I don't have any particular bias against those that do drink regularly as long as they don't get obnoxious or do something to put others in harm's way.  I just have never cared for the taste of alcohol and have basically forced down every beer and mixed drink that I have tried.  I suppose it is something about my body chemistry.

I'm curious about how other non-drinkers view those who drink and how drinkers view those who don't drink.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:27 PM

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65rat wrote: The thread about the AU ex-football player made me wonder about the prevalence of drinking in general.  I average having a drink about once every 5 years but I don't have any particular bias against those that do drink regularly as long as they don't get obnoxious or do something to put others in harm's way.  I just have never cared for the taste of alcohol and have basically forced down every beer and mixed drink that I have tried.  I suppose it is something about my body chemistry.

I'm curious about how other non-drinkers view those who drink and how drinkers view those who don't drink.
I have weird body chemistry too.  Alcohol doesn't affect me like it affects others.  Where they get drunk and stupid, alcohol only makes me cooler.  I get suave and debonair and taller.  I also can suddenly dance like Michael Flatley after 5 beers.  On certain occasions, I have become invisible.  I don't really know how that works.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:27 PM

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I've never had a sip of alcohol in my life. It started for religious reasons (my dad is a Southern Baptist pastor) but turned into a practical one when I realized that a had a few uncles on both sides of my family that were alcoholics and I have a personality that lends itself to going overboard on things like that.

My opinion of drinking has changed since I've gotten older. I don't really have a problem with someone drinking around me because it's really none of my business. The idea of social drinking is a foreign concept to me and I still can't stand the smell of it. My wife and I have made a decision that we will not ever have it in our house as she has had family members who have had drinking problems as well.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:32 PM

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I would label myself as a non-drinker. I probably drink one mixed drink every few years and that's usually on vacation. I, too, don't particularly care for the taste of alcohol. One of the main reasons, I don't drink or even try to drink is my kids. I feel like if my kids see me drinking, then they're more likely to drink and maybe they won't be able to handle alcohol as well others. The decision for them to drink will ultimately be theirs. I just don't want to be the reason.

I'm not trying to knock drinkers, this is just my personal beliefs.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:35 PM

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I've noticed what I assume is an allergic reaction sometimes when I drink wine or bourbon. I will get flush in the cheeks after just a couple of sips. Doesn't happen every time, so I can't really put my finger on it. If I continue, it spreads to my neck. It's pretty annoying when it happens, and it has definitely resulted in less boozing for me.
"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."
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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:39 PM

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I somehow became an alcoholic as a young man.  The results in my personal life were not pretty.

This among other things contributed to my change from atheist to Christian believer just before I turned 27. As far as alcohol goes, I am not one who can drink one or two beers and quit. So I have not touched it in a long long time.

That said I have no issues with those who choose to drink.  I have great sympathy and empathy for those who abuse alcohol and for those close to them who are impacted as a result.

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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:43 PM

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I don't drink any more

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Posted: 8/8/2014 12:52 PM

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and never before 5 right?
GottaGoodBuzz wrote: I don't drink any more
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Posted: 8/8/2014 1:13 PM

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porterjack wrote:
65rat wrote: The thread about the AU ex-football player made me wonder about the prevalence of drinking in general.  I average having a drink about once every 5 years but I don't have any particular bias against those that do drink regularly as long as they don't get obnoxious or do something to put others in harm's way.  I just have never cared for the taste of alcohol and have basically forced down every beer and mixed drink that I have tried.  I suppose it is something about my body chemistry.

I'm curious about how other non-drinkers view those who drink and how drinkers view those who don't drink.
I have weird body chemistry too.  Alcohol doesn't affect me like it affects others.  Where they get drunk and stupid, alcohol only makes me cooler.  I get suave and debonair and taller.  I also can suddenly dance like Michael Flatley after 5 beers.  On certain occasions, I have become invisible.  I don't really know how that works.



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Posted: 8/8/2014 1:31 PM

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clap.gif Probably one of the best replies I have seen in a while. Hilarious.
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porterjack wrote:
65rat wrote: The thread about the AU ex-football player made me wonder about the prevalence of drinking in general.  I average having a drink about once every 5 years but I don't have any particular bias against those that do drink regularly as long as they don't get obnoxious or do something to put others in harm's way.  I just have never cared for the taste of alcohol and have basically forced down every beer and mixed drink that I have tried.  I suppose it is something about my body chemistry.

I'm curious about how other non-drinkers view those who drink and how drinkers view those who don't drink.
I have weird body chemistry too.  Alcohol doesn't affect me like it affects others.  Where they get drunk and stupid, alcohol only makes me cooler.  I get suave and debonair and taller.  I also can suddenly dance like Michael Flatley after 5 beers.  On certain occasions, I have become invisible.  I don't really know how that works.



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Posted: 8/8/2014 1:36 PM

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originalwombat wrote: I've noticed what I assume is an allergic reaction sometimes when I drink wine or bourbon. I will get flush in the cheeks after just a couple of sips. Doesn't happen every time, so I can't really put my finger on it. If I continue, it spreads to my neck. It's pretty annoying when it happens, and it has definitely resulted in less boozing for me.
It isn't really an "allergic" reaction.  IE, I don't think it is harmful.

I do the same.  Red Wine is the worst. I don't feel anything but others will notice the flushing.  It is called "Asian flushing" because supposedly Asians are very prone to this.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 1:41 PM

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I don't drink at all and never have.  The only exception is that I might take a small sip of red wine if I am taking communion at a church where they use wine.  I visit a lot of denominations and that is the practice in only a very few.  But I do take Nyquil to ward off a cold if I get a sniffle.  I don't like the taste or the odor.

I don't look down on people who drink and I can enjoy their company.  The only drinkers I worry about are those I know have a spiritual conviction against drinking but they do it anyway to please their bosses or get promoted in their job.  I used to be the designated driver in the groups I hung out with.

I well remember the day a Vice president in our company came to explain to me why he had not invited me to a party at his lake house.  He said there would be alcohol and he didn't want to offend me. (He was one of those who actually had a conviction that he was ignoring.)  I told him that I would love to come to his party, and that I was just naturally as  foolish acting as anyone else at parties without having to drink.  I went and had a good time.  I don't think anyone there was really enjoying the beer; they all just felt that they had to drink one to keep in good with the boss.  We prayed before we ate and there was zero profanity.  And I didn't have to drive anyone home.biggrin  I still know most of those folks and I don't think any of them drink now, except maybe one, because they are retired and don't have anyone to impress.

My family has not had any drinkers for at least three generations before me on either side.
My wife's parents were both alcoholics and treated her badly when they were drinking.  They made her their bartender when she was a teen, so she just mixed their drinks extra, extra stiff so they would pass out and she could go do something else.biggrin

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Posted: 8/8/2014 1:44 PM

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I'm close, I can go months without having a drink.  I just don't think about it. 

I don't like beer.  I think I could find a beer I like the taste of but my stomach doesn't like beer. It is a weird reaction; sort of like extreme stomach gas.  Like others have said, I must have a strange chemistry.   I think if I liked beer, I would drink more regular.

I'll have a mixed drink everyone once in a while.  I like to drink red wine as much of possible but like I said, I'll go months without having a drink.  

Lastly, I don't understand getting stinking drunk; especially regularly and especially in public.  I'm not a huge control freak but I do want to know what is going on around me.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 1:48 PM

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Thatguyjacket wrote: I've never had a sip of alcohol in my life. It started for religious reasons (my dad is a Southern Baptist pastor) but turned into a practical one when I realized that a had a few uncles on both sides of my family that were alcoholics and I have a personality that lends itself to going overboard on things like that.

My opinion of drinking has changed since I've gotten older. I don't really have a problem with someone drinking around me because it's really none of my business. The idea of social drinking is a foreign concept to me and I still can't stand the smell of it. My wife and I have made a decision that we will not ever have it in our house as she has had family members who have had drinking problems as well.
I too have never had a drink of alcohol in my life.

At an early & impressionable age, I saw first hand how alcoholism negatively impacted more than one family.

Believe it or not, I was a finely conditioned athlete in my youth, playing multiple sports year round, so it seemed like I was always in training & did not want alcohol (beer) to mess up all that hard work.

Religion may have been a part of my conviction growing up, but mostly because of the Bible story of Daniel whose courage & conviction I admired. Unfortunately, while I can resist wine and other alcoholic beverages quite easily, food is my weakness.

Mostly, I just figured out a long time ago that I did not need to drink in order to have a healthy, wholesome & productive life. Of course, I have always been an outlier, marching to a beat different from the crowd, not concerned about fitting in.

And now that I am approaching my 63rd birthday, I see no reason to end my abstinence streak......maybe because it would be like the difference between a no-hitter and a one-hitter! Besides, if I ever started, I might like it & not be able to stop.

As for others drinking around me, I have no problem with that, and I am always happy to serve as the designated driver if necessary.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 2:00 PM

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waltonbuzz wrote:
originalwombat wrote: I've noticed what I assume is an allergic reaction sometimes when I drink wine or bourbon. I will get flush in the cheeks after just a couple of sips. Doesn't happen every time, so I can't really put my finger on it. If I continue, it spreads to my neck. It's pretty annoying when it happens, and it has definitely resulted in less boozing for me.
It isn't really an "allergic" reaction.  IE, I don't think it is harmful.

I do the same.  Red Wine is the worst. I don't feel anything but others will notice the flushing.  It is called "Asian flushing" because supposedly Asians are very prone to this.

I guess that confirms what my parents have always told me.  I'm an adopted Vietnamese boy.
"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."
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Posted: 8/8/2014 2:05 PM

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originalwombat wrote:
waltonbuzz wrote:
originalwombat wrote: I've noticed what I assume is an allergic reaction sometimes when I drink wine or bourbon. I will get flush in the cheeks after just a couple of sips. Doesn't happen every time, so I can't really put my finger on it. If I continue, it spreads to my neck. It's pretty annoying when it happens, and it has definitely resulted in less boozing for me.
It isn't really an "allergic" reaction.  IE, I don't think it is harmful.

I do the same.  Red Wine is the worst. I don't feel anything but others will notice the flushing.  It is called "Asian flushing" because supposedly Asians are very prone to this.

I guess that confirms what my parents have always told me.  I'm an adopted Vietnamese boy.
The reaction is likely from an inability to metabolize the alcohol quickly, and this is very prevalent in asians & eskimos.  That's what creates the "flushed" look.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 2:06 PM

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Another non drinker here.  Only reason is I don't like the taste.  

On the positive side I have saved a ton of money by not drinking, on the negative side non drinking can be a pain socially.  At this point in my life my friends and family all know I don't drink and it is not an issue.  But knowing what I know now if I could go back about 20 years I probably would have started having a beer and a glass of wine on occasion.  Just makes things a lot easier from a social standpoint.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 2:15 PM

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originalwombat wrote:
waltonbuzz wrote:
originalwombat wrote: I've noticed what I assume is an allergic reaction sometimes when I drink wine or bourbon. I will get flush in the cheeks after just a couple of sips. Doesn't happen every time, so I can't really put my finger on it. If I continue, it spreads to my neck. It's pretty annoying when it happens, and it has definitely resulted in less boozing for me.
It isn't really an "allergic" reaction.  IE, I don't think it is harmful.

I do the same.  Red Wine is the worst. I don't feel anything but others will notice the flushing.  It is called "Asian flushing" because supposedly Asians are very prone to this.

I guess that confirms what my parents have always told me.  I'm an adopted Vietnamese boy.
BTW, I'm not Asian.  I've heard I might have Native American blood in me BUT that is the closest I get to non-European (likely Irish, Scots or the like).

My doctor is Asian and she is the one that told me about the flushing.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 2:33 PM

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Now that you mention it, I do love the taste of whale blubber.
"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."
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Posted: 8/8/2014 2:55 PM

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Non-drinker here.  Had a lifetime amount (and then some) between 15 and 38.   I'm personally better off without it, and society is probably better off with me as a non-drinker too!.  I'm a social guy and it was weird for a couple years but not an issue at all now 7 years later.   I love attending live music, college football including tailgates, poker nights, annual guys golf trips and lots of other places where alcohol is present, including a monthly wine tasting in our 'hood where I drink water/ nothing / sprite while SWMBO and the other couples drink.

I enjoy getting up on a Saturday morning for a road race now!
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