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12-02-2016, 01:27 PM
RE: Tolerance to Alcohol
(12-02-2016 12:20 PM)onlinebiker Wrote:  
(12-02-2016 12:14 PM)Black Eagle Wrote:  Hey darlin', you could be my wife. Big Grin My wife loves theatre, and I know you do too, and she hates the taste of alcohol. She also doesn't like anything that might cause her to lose control of her mouth. That is, she always must be in complete control of what she says to other people.

I also do not like the loss of control that comes from drinking alcohol but I love the taste of booze. However, many years ago, when I was a young physics student, several of us went into the physics lab with a few bottles of booze. We were all hard drinkers and thought we had developed a tolerance to alcohol but, in fact, we had slowed reaction times. We measured reaction times before hitting the booze and after a few drinks and the difference was astounding. It occurred to all of us that if our physical reaction times had slowed as much as they did, our mental reaction times must have slowed as much even though we didn't stagger or slur words.

I must admit, as much as I disapprove of drinking, I sometimes, but rarely, take a shot of vodka before going to bed. I like the taste of vodka but more than that, I fight insomnia and it helps me sleep.

It is a depressant.

I've never understood why some guys (it's usually guys) have a six pack of beer, and end up wound up tighter than a 7 day clock.........

You have to wonder if that kind drinks a pot of coffee, do they fall asleep????

It lowers inhibitions. It releases the spring of those tightly wound.

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12-02-2016, 01:29 PM
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(12-02-2016 12:24 PM)Anjele Wrote:  I had one Mimosa on Christmas morning. I can't recall the last time I consumed alcohol before that but I think it was nearly twenty years.

I drank some in my late teens and early twenties. Alcohol was never my drug of choice. I was often the DD when out with friends. I do like the taste of rum and coke - or at least I did...it's been ages since I had one. I do not like beer or wine, never have.

Personal issues with drinking is not why I stopped. I stopped because too many people around me had issues with alcohol...my family tree is/was loaded with alcoholics and I figured it best to not go there. There are times when I think I would like a single after dinner type drink to sip on but I just don't bother.

After all these years I am sure I would be a real cheap date. Undecided

Cheap date? Now you're talkin' my language. Thumbsup

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12-02-2016, 01:35 PM
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I'm not really into spirits, I just live on beer mostly. Wine is for smegheads.

I usually will drink a can or two each night, and get down the pub on a Saturday where I'll have about 4 pints, then another couple of cans when I get home. I've cut down a bit. I used to have four in the pub, and four at home, but its just too damn expensive.

I'll usually feel quite relaxed and happy after 4 pints, start to feel tipsy after about 6, and start feeling quite drunk at about 8... Most I've had in one go was about 10 or 11 and I was well and truly pissed by that point. But not so pissed that I couldn't wolf down a bag of chicken yum yum and chips, followed by an omelette and a bag of cheese and onion crisps.

I felt like shit the next day, but between trips to the shitter I managed to function alright.

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12-02-2016, 03:16 PM
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Going out tonight to our neighbourhood bar to sample local, organic microbrewery beers and gruits for FeBREWary Smile
Less is more.

Growing up with a mom from the Beaujolais region of France, we were encouraged to drink a little wine mixed with water at a very young age (6?) and the wine was gradually increased until we had maybe a glass with dinner? at age 16 or so?
But Coke was always verboten.
So for me, drinking has always been a food-related experience that held no mystery. I never saw my parents drink to excess, and getting drunk was always considered just about as stupid as eating too much and getting indigestion.
I have gone years without drinking (pregnancy, nursing) and not really missed it, except for the taste. When I started drinking again, a glass of wine had me tipsy, which is not an experience I enjoy
I agree that the calorie content is what really kills me these days, so I've cut down for that reason.
But a delicious gin martini or a lovely pilsner or a gorgeous glass of pinot grigio rarely go unappreciated at my house Smile

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12-02-2016, 08:50 PM
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*peeks in, sips bourbon, quietly hits the view today's posts*

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13-02-2016, 01:27 AM
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My alcohol metabolism seems to have changed over the years.

Up until I was about 30, 2 beers would be the most I could drink without feeling rather intoxicated, coming down with a severe case of the giggles. On one memorable occasion after having 3 beers, I recall putting on a puppet show for My daughter using one of her teddy bears, singing a song: "Sometimes I like to sit on the bed, and sometimes I like to fall overrrrr..." (bear rolls over backwards)

Now, at 58, I can drink most of a bottle of sparkling wine (something I am wont to do on major holidays after other family members have had a glass to raise a toast), and barely get a buzz. At most I have a bit of incoordination if I'm trying to type something. In fact, I just drank a pint of homemade mead and don't feel snockered at all, just a mild heaviness in hands and arms.
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13-02-2016, 06:42 AM
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I drank much more than I do today, almost always beer, in my 20s when I was playing a lot of shows and didn't get off work until 11:30 at night about five days a week, a bunch of the orchestra members (mostly the young single ones) would go out drinking until 2-3 a.m. (for me probably around three drinks, sometimes four). At that point I could roll in at 3 a.m. and get up at 6 and feel just fine for the whole day, do it again the next night. Drinking at that point was something that helped me feel comfortable socializing and also helped me wind down enough after work to sleep. If there was a party, I'd drink harder stuff and always regret it the next day--headache, thirsty, recalling stupid things I'd said, etc.

Nowadays I usually drink wine and stick to one to two glasses. Wine is my go-to for reasons of calories and effect--red wine makes the best and quickest buzz for me, and I enjoy how it tastes. If we're out at our nice neighborhood bar, I'll have a martini (not the sweet ones). Two drinks gives me a nice warm feeling about the world and has fueled lots of interesting conversations, and that's what I enjoy most from alcohol at this point. Too much more makes it hard to stay asleep, so I mostly stop at two, since I love sleep much more now than I did when I was 23.

I believe I have a similar level of metabolic tolerance for drinking alcohol now compared to when I was younger, but less tolerance for its effects on my waistline, and also the knowledge that if I choose a sipping rather than gulping drink, by the time I'm finished with it I'll have the buzz going. What I'm really sad about is that I can't drink as much coffee as I used to. I used to be able to drink coffee all day and right before bed and get to sleep, now I have to stop at about 2 p.m. or I will be unhappily awake until very late--and I have experimented and found that alcohol will not counteract the coffee. Sad
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13-02-2016, 06:46 AM
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(13-02-2016 06:42 AM)julep Wrote:  I drank much more than I do today, almost always beer, in my 20s when I was playing a lot of shows and didn't get off work until 11:30 at night about five days a week, a bunch of the orchestra members (mostly the young single ones) would go out drinking until 2-3 a.m. (for me probably around three drinks, sometimes four). At that point I could roll in at 3 a.m. and get up at 6 and feel just fine for the whole day, do it again the next night. Drinking at that point was something that helped me feel comfortable socializing and also helped me wind down enough after work to sleep. If there was a party, I'd drink harder stuff and always regret it the next day--headache, thirsty, recalling stupid things I'd said, etc.

Nowadays I usually drink wine and stick to one to two glasses. Wine is my go-to for reasons of calories and effect--red wine makes the best and quickest buzz for me, and I enjoy how it tastes. If we're out at our nice neighborhood bar, I'll have a martini (not the sweet ones). Two drinks gives me a nice warm feeling about the world and has fueled lots of interesting conversations, and that's what I enjoy most from alcohol at this point. Too much more makes it hard to stay asleep, so I mostly stop at two, since I love sleep much more now than I did when I was 23.

I believe I have a similar level of metabolic tolerance for drinking alcohol now compared to when I was younger, but less tolerance for its effects on my waistline, and also the knowledge that if I choose a sipping rather than gulping drink, by the time I'm finished with it I'll have the buzz going. What I'm really sad about is that I can't drink as much coffee as I used to. I used to be able to drink coffee all day and right before bed and get to sleep, now I have to stop at about 2 p.m. or I will be unhappily awake until very late--and I have experimented and found that alcohol will not counteract the coffee. Sad

I make my own Kaluha using maple syrup.

I made some last year with 190 proof Everclear - making it about 100 proof Kaluha....

You don't have any problems sleeping -- but you'll have some of the fuckweirdest dreams you've ever had.......

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13-02-2016, 06:51 AM
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Little over 3 years without any. Tough part is living with a practicing alcoholic.

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13-02-2016, 07:01 AM
RE: Tolerance to Alcohol
(13-02-2016 06:46 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  
(13-02-2016 06:42 AM)julep Wrote:  I drank much more than I do today, almost always beer, in my 20s when I was playing a lot of shows and didn't get off work until 11:30 at night about five days a week, a bunch of the orchestra members (mostly the young single ones) would go out drinking until 2-3 a.m. (for me probably around three drinks, sometimes four). At that point I could roll in at 3 a.m. and get up at 6 and feel just fine for the whole day, do it again the next night. Drinking at that point was something that helped me feel comfortable socializing and also helped me wind down enough after work to sleep. If there was a party, I'd drink harder stuff and always regret it the next day--headache, thirsty, recalling stupid things I'd said, etc.

Nowadays I usually drink wine and stick to one to two glasses. Wine is my go-to for reasons of calories and effect--red wine makes the best and quickest buzz for me, and I enjoy how it tastes. If we're out at our nice neighborhood bar, I'll have a martini (not the sweet ones). Two drinks gives me a nice warm feeling about the world and has fueled lots of interesting conversations, and that's what I enjoy most from alcohol at this point. Too much more makes it hard to stay asleep, so I mostly stop at two, since I love sleep much more now than I did when I was 23.

I believe I have a similar level of metabolic tolerance for drinking alcohol now compared to when I was younger, but less tolerance for its effects on my waistline, and also the knowledge that if I choose a sipping rather than gulping drink, by the time I'm finished with it I'll have the buzz going. What I'm really sad about is that I can't drink as much coffee as I used to. I used to be able to drink coffee all day and right before bed and get to sleep, now I have to stop at about 2 p.m. or I will be unhappily awake until very late--and I have experimented and found that alcohol will not counteract the coffee. Sad

I make my own Kaluha using maple syrup.

I made some last year with 190 proof Everclear - making it about 100 proof Kaluha....

You don't have any problems sleeping -- but you'll have some of the fuckweirdest dreams you've ever had.......

It never occurred to me that people could make their own Kahlua! I'm also sure that 100 proof Kahlua would put me straight into dreamland, most hard alcohol makes me very sleepy. Not a plus from my POV: I already have weird dreams and tend towards nightmares. One reason why I stopped melatonin after a week was the vivid unpleasant dreams I got with it.
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