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Non-Alcoholic - And Proud Of It! Anyone Else?  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3925 times:

Is there anybody out there who doesn't drink any alcohol at all, for whatever reason they might have? I don't mean social drinkers that don't get drunk, I mean really none at all.

In my case, I don't even have a good reason. I just never started. And now at 23 I think I'm past the critical age too. Partly it's for all the money I've saved, partly because I like to wake up in the morning and actually know what I did yesterday. Maybe it's for health reasons too (even though I've read all those crazy stats about French people living like 3 years longer because they have a glas of rouge every day once they're 2 years old).

I really don't mind drinkers at all. I'm really cool with any rate of alcohol consumption, and I would never start trying to convince them to stop or anything.

I have no problem going to all the college parties and have fun with all the drunk people. Many times, I feel they appreciate having a sober person around. You never know.

Any non-drinkers around? How did you make it past your teen years? Did they harass you a lot? Were you "uncool"? Or did they respect you?


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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3913 times:

I drink, in moderate quantities. If I wouldn't, no need to declare myself proud. Drinking is not bad, it only depends on the quantity and personal control

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3898 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 1):
Drinking is not bad, it only depends on the quantity and personal control

Yeap, hit it right on the head.


User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 1):
Drinking is not bad, it only depends on the quantity and personal control

Read again! I never said anything against drinkers, and I never judged them.



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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 3):
Read again! I never said anything against drinkers, and I never judged them.

To be proud not to drink implies there's something wrong with drinking.


User currently offlineNUair From Malaysia, joined Jun 2000, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

I think their is a big difference between being an alchoholic (as your thread suggests) and having a drink.

As someone pointed out, everything in moderation (except sex of course).

I drink this crap everyday...



It goes great with a good meal.



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3870 times:

This is good for you, if you don't like it. But for me there is no better drink than a really good red wine, a Bordeaux for example and many others. I also admit that sometimes I like to drink a lot of beer with my friends for fun. But I almost don't drink any other alcoholic beverages, perhaps very seldom a good Whisky. Actually I only drink a good wine with a good meal, perhaps once Week and a lot of beer with my friends at parties, but on "normal" days I don't drink any alcohol.

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3863 times:

Birdwatching

Its a very smart thread that you've started up. And curageous, since not everyone will admit they don't drink.

Same is for me, I don't drink alcohol,not only because I know all the risks that it brings , certainly not because I'm mormon, and not because I have heavy medication, or because I have Liver disease.The reason is, I don't like the taste of alcohol at all . Ok I have gotten drunk twice but the day after was really horrible for me . That was about 5 years ago.


I've never had this "uncool" remarks. I have been lucky that people around me understood me as much as the fact I don't smoke. Its a matter of taste. And when I did get served beer I would not drink it all since the 4 first sips were good but then I got fed up with it. I don't need to drink alcohol to feel good or cool.

I don't know what there is cool about it but unfortunately many people would disagree with me.
Regards

BM



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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3858 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 3):
Read again! I never said anything against drinkers, and I never judged them.

My statement was not meant to be offensive at all. If you perceived it to be so, I apologize. I was only a little surprised about the word proud.. happy would have done better. My point was only that drinking is not bad if it is done responsibly. I.e. no drunk driving, no loss of control etc.. I for instance neither engage in drunk driving nor does my personally change crucially if I am drunk (i.e. I am NOT aggressive or something else, or I don't pester people, I am only a little hyper and maybe have strange ideas.. ).

Sorry again if my statement was ambiguous.. Hope this clarifies our obvious misunderstanding  Wink


User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3853 times:

I started drinking to fell more mature(yeah right), and to impress the girlsof high-school, you know the drill.
Then at some point, the fun was to get as wasted as possible.
Now I drink responsably, but I have to admit that sometimes it pass that line, but I´m still responsable not to drive, to take a cab or let someone drive my car.
It´s not that I drink a lot at once, but I drink often a litle.

But hey, it´s cool if you don´t wasnt any alcohol in you, maybe you don´t like the taste or whatever....I don´t like olives for ex.



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User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3844 times:

"I feel sorry for those who don't drink, because when they wake up in the morning that is the best they're going to feel all day." -Frank Sinatra


"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." Frank Zappa
User currently offlineFubar37 From Canada, joined May 2005, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 3838 times:

I also don't drink. I am 31 now and have never been drunk. I find that most people I Tell that i have never been drunk or don't drink respect it. As you said, there is nothing wrong with having a little drink and having fun I just choose not to. I never let peer pressure get to me. If I didn't want to drink then I just didn't. All of my friends drink and i go out with them all the time and laugh at them when they are drunk, plus i have the added advantage of always being the designated driver so i don't have to worry if i will make it home or not. In my teen years i would always listen to poeple tell stories about how drunk the got on the weekend and how they barfed in the toilet all night or how they walked home along the train tracks and had brusies all up thier legs and torn their pants becasue they kept falling down. All i could think of was, why? I Hate being sick, why would i want to make myself sick.
Anyways that's my two cents.
Happy Drinking to the rest of you!


User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 3831 times:
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Also have never drunk, except for a little wine when I lived in the Azores and on those occasions when I really had little choice.

Birdwatching, your post could be a carbon copy for me. I enjoyed going to parties, etc, in college, but I never drank, nor was I ever made to feel bad because of it. It just wasn't an issue. I often was the designated person to get my friends home safely, a role which I didn't mind in the least!!

Basically, I too always want to be in full control, and to never have to wonder what I may have done while under the influence.

I also hold no bad feelings towards drinking by anyone else at all, except in one specific scenario: DON'T GET BEHIND THE WHEEL AFTER YOU'VE BEEN DRINKING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Having lost a few students to drunk drivers when I was teaching school, and having lost both grandparents and an aunt to a drunk driver who ran a stop sign at 50 mph, (and of course wasn't hurt at all!), I am very passionate about drinking and driving.



Those who want to do something will find a way; those who don't will find an excuse.
User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 3821 times:

Well LHMark won't be contributing to this thread.

That being said, I drink in moderation. I think I went two weeks without a drink until last night. I drink when the mood suits me.

Now if I get in the way-back maching and go back to college, now that's a different story Big grin



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 2003, 14077 posts, RR: 62
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 3807 times:

I drink occasionally for the flavour, e.g. a good quality beer, a few glasses of a good wine or a shot of a good single malt whisky, but I hate to get drunk.
If I'm drunk I usually get euphoric and talkative first (sometimes to the annoyance of people I'm with), but later I become depressive.

Jan


User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

I didn't have a drink until the day after my 22nd birthday...and then it was a small glass of beer at Pizza Hut with 3 friends for lunch...it make it easier to split the bill 4 ways...I never drank it for the alcohol...just as a beverage...

Since then, the most drinks I had in one nite was 3..back in my early 20's...never got anywhere close to being drunk...I would have a beer at company parties (as sodas were too hard to get) but was VERY happy when no-alc beers became available...nowadays, I have a glass of wine with dinner with friends maybe 2-3 times a year..have not had a beer/mixed drink for years...



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User currently offlineTmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

I also don't drink alcohol. It is probably partly down to watching what people can be like, when drunk, on Police Stop Action type TV shows. I also do not like the thought of not being able to control myself/ the morning after.

Quoting AzoresLover (Reply 12):
Birdwatching, your post could be a carbon copy for me. I enjoyed going to parties, etc, in college, but I never drank, nor was I ever made to feel bad because of it.

I am at college and have also never been made to feel bad for choosing to stick to the coke/ non alcoholic drinks.


User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

I wish I could drink alcohol, but my stomach has an awful time digesting it ... if I drink wine with my dinner, I get sick  Sad

Consequently, I don't drink alcohol, I'd rather eat, but never do I hold it against those who do drink! LOL



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User currently offlineSaigonhouston From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Gosh...why should I even open this thread. 100% Non-alcohol drinkers means boring people to be around at the party or group gathering.

A glass of wine, a beer or a cocktail doesn't harm anything. Can you imagine yourself at Italian restaurant for dinner with a date and drink ice tea or soda with your pasta? uhhhhhhhhh

P.S. To all Non-alcohol drinker(s): Please post your picture along with your reply.

saigonhouston


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

Quoting Saigonhouston (Reply 18):
P.S. To all Non-alcohol drinker(s): Please post your picture along with your reply.

P.S. This isn't a photo thread  Wink



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User currently offlineSaigonhouston From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 19):
P.S. This isn't a photo thread

I bet you they are look very  grumpy .  old  and boring...


User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1638 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3738 times:

It would be clearer if the thread title was "Teetotal - And proud of it! Anyone else?" as this would more clearly indicate your point.

By mentioning "alcoholic" you're suggesting some dependancy on drink and you're starting to get into what could be emotional territory.

This could explain why some may think the thread indicates a disapproval of drink and/or drinkers.

Cheers(!)



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

Quoting Saigonhouston (Reply 18):
P.S. To all Non-alcohol drinker(s): Please post your picture along with your reply.



Quoting Saigonhouston (Reply 18):
Can you imagine yourself at Italian restaurant for dinner with a date and drink ice tea or soda with your pasta?

Just look at my profile, there are planty of pictures. Do I look like a super boring geek? Your call.

Do I drink ice tea at the italian place when I'm on a hot date? Yes I do.

Do I have a girlfriend who respects me for that? Yes.

Is she a super boring geek? Your call, again (theres a picture of her too)



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User currently offlineA319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

Quoting Saigonhouston (Reply 18):
Gosh...why should I even open this thread. 100% Non-alcohol drinkers means boring people to be around at the party or group gathering.

What you're basically saying is that people need alcohol to be amusing.  irked  Quite a.. strange statement. I drink (actually, I'm having a beer right now  bigthumbsup  ), but if people don't drink I'm totally fine with that. Furthermore, I dont find non-drinkers any less social or amusing than drinkers, and if there would be a difference, it would be more likely the other way around.



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User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3709 times:

Hi all,

Just imagine the scene, Saigonhouston takes a lovely lady out to a nice Italian restaurant, he orders a glass of wine, she orders an ice tea or soda Big grin

Cheers

Ben Pritchard


25 Post contains images WellHung : So you drink O'Douls? That's nothing to be proud of.
26 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : I think you'd make your point to Saigonhouston better if you said "Saigonhouston takes a hot young man out to a nice Italian restaurant..."
27 ManuCH : I only drink when others drink, just "to have a beer" once in a while - but only when I don't have to drive. When driving I never drink alcohol, not e
28 Erikwilliam : dude, why did you care if he thinks your a geek because you don´t drink? Lucky you he found you´r a geek, that way he won´t be going after your a$
29 Post contains images DrDeke : I dunno; I drink water at Italian restaurants or with Italian food that I cook at home all the time. Sometimes I'll have a couple glasses of wine inst
30 Post contains images LTBEWR : The choice of not drinking is like that of smoking - if you never get into it, your probably better off. For many young people, especally women, it do
31 AA777 : I dont drink; religious upbringing, and also because I am part Native American, and that makes my risk for alcoholism higher than most people.... -AA7
32 Post contains images LGW : Hi all, "I think you'd make your point to Saigonhouston better if you said "Saigonhouston takes a hot young man out to a nice Italian restaurant...""
33 Post contains images AeroWesty : I'd never understood the whole alcohol thing (maybe to the same degree people don't understand being homo isn't a "choice" ::shrug:: ) ... until a fri
34 Post contains images Redngold : I don't consume alcohol. I made a pledge when I was around 9 years old, with my best friend at the time, that I wouldn't consume alcohol until I was 2
35 Kevi747 : Exactly. I don't like people who have to tell you what they do or don't do in a thinly veiled attempt to make others feel "looked-down upon". It's li
36 Post contains images Sabena332 : That's true, at least for me. When my buddies and I get drunken, then all of us get drunken! Usually we put the following sign on the door: Patrick
37 Stirling : I stopped drinking when I pulled into my garage, and kept going, into the living room of my house. Haven't missed it believe it or not. Unfortunately,
38 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : IMO, alcohol per se is not bad. Excessive alcohol is, though. I do enjoy drinking the occasional beer or tequila (as several a.nutters can attest ); h
39 LHMark : I have a mix of friends who are drinkers and non-drinkers. When I entertain, I mke sure to keep some non-alcoholic beer around. We're a crowd in our l
40 Sabena332 : In my opinion is it also the best alcohol free beer (Pils) in Germany I always have some bottles of alcohol free Erdinger here, sometimes I drink the
41 Post contains images S12PPL : Awesome...we have ourselves a DD, guys!!
42 ArmitageShanks : Being addicted to sex can be a very bad thing. I went to rehab with a woman who was addicted to sex. It ruined her career and family.
43 Erikwilliam : you gotta love this guy!!
44 Post contains images Kevi747 : I want that sign!!!!! I think I'll print it out and enlarge it.
45 Post contains images Saigonhouston : It will not going to happen...and it won't be I always have my pick and choice for my course of meal. Anyway.....gotta go pack my stuffs for early fl
46 Post contains images AR1300 : Please for God's sake, someone shoot him. That's by far the stupidest thing that you've ever posted.Even stupider than your beloved men's crotch smel
47 Saigonhouston : [quote=AR1300,reply=46]That's by far the stupidest thing that you've ever posted.Even stupider than your beloved men's crotch smell post. One thing I
48 Post contains images Mrniji : And I exactly belonged to that very age group when I started. And within the years, I learned how to responsibily consume (experiences of excessive d
49 Post contains images RobertNL070 : Not having read all the posts, I think this question has less to do with alcohol and more to do with resolve. A college student can a lot suffer from
50 Post contains images HAWK21M : I don't. But its tough when the Entire Gang is at the Bottle. The Bright side is Im the only sober Guy to drive them home. regds MEL
51 Erikwilliam : May God bless you,your house, your car, Houston, Texas and everyone around it. May Rita take you computer far far far far away. And here we have an e
52 Post contains images Mrniji : Yes, but on the other side, it lead to a misspelling - of course, I mean modus vivendi - these are the bad sides of "alhohol"
53 Post contains images Jasepl : Oh God no! I'm not an alcoholic, not by any strech of the imagination. But I am a drunk!
54 AR1300 : I know you would like, but I'm not gay.Sorry.Try that with a different guy. You are still stupid.And gay. mike. P.S:Sorry for your house.....
55 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : This topic is Ludacris! Signed, Alcohol is a product of the devil! Signed,
56 Misbeehavin : LOL! Are you ignorant too LOT? How did you get India in there?
57 Jetblue : I'm 24 years old and have never consumed alcohol. I have 3 brothers and sisters whom have never had the desire to as well. Funny thing is in school we
58 ReguPilot : 25 years old and not a drinker at all. No beer no wine no nothing. Very proud of it, since I get to saving from beer belly and lots of money. Besides,
59 Post contains images Mrniji : Yes, how dare you? Then I recommed a glass of good red wine every eve
60 WhiteHatter : Gave up a while back as I get terrible hangovers and decided I didn't want any more of them. Strange as I don't miss it at all.
61 Captaingomes : Saigon, hope the hurricane doesn't cause too much destruction as you prance away to safety. I'm worried about what kind of crap you might be packing.
62 Post contains images USAIRWAYS321 : I'm a freshman at a college known for its parties (Washington State), and I've never had anything to drink. And, no, I'm not pressured to drink...I ha
63 Doona : NOOOOO, not the Yellow Tail! Damn that kangaroo. Too many bad memories with that piss... Cheers Mats
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