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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Drinkin' Don't Mix with Me

Never was much of a drinker myself, Alice. In high school, I didn't drink because I was in the band and I believed that you didn't have to get drunk to have fun. I still believe that, actually.

I tried drinking in college. It was fun, somewhat. I still didn't like feeling out of control. The control freak in me kept that kind of thing in check. Besides, I always get overheated when I drink most kinds of alcohol. The experience is overall uncomfortable.

So, I guess I don't know why it appeals so much to some people. Maybe you know. Maybe you can tell me, Alice, why some people drink until they stagger their steps and slur their speech? Does alcohol just taste that good that they drink it so fast they get drunk before they know it? Are they trying to kill themselves? Are they trying to stop their brains thinking?

I'd sure like to know.


Blogger Big Orange said...

"I have a few good reasons for drinking,
and one has just entered my head:
if a man can't drink while he's living,
how the hell can he drink when he's dead?"

---from a small shotglass on a shelf in my Uncle Johnny's kitchen

5:42 AM  
Blogger Big Orange said...

NOW, having said THAT, I think there's LOTS of reasons for drinking in general, and also to excess:

A) depression/avoiding reality
B) excuses to do whatcha REALLY want, and then "blaming" the booze later
C) crappy self-control: once you start, it's hard to titrate a buzz and you begin to think that if a LITTLE bit is fun, then a WHOLE BUCKET would be a blast
D) peer pressure: don't wanna be seen as someone who can't hold their likkah
E) addiction: a bio/psych need to get hammered
F) drinking "culture" ("culture" is a far overused word, so I use it loosely): being amongst friends n' folk who praise the merits of imbibing

5:57 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Where you thinking of someone specific when you wrote this? I hope this wasn't inspired by my hanging-over-the-porch story. That was thirteen or fourteen years ago.

12:04 AM  

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