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    (Original post by MrDystopia)
    What seems to confuse you?

    Considering you would have to drink quite excessive amounts to damage brain cells I'm sure you would be fine.
    Nothings's confusing to me...I'm sceptical, and sense its addictive,and bad for your health. Alcohol is also very high in calories, and as an athlete seriously into sport I don't need the extra calories. The damaging effects of alcohol are well documented-it's really misleading to deny it even if some people find it fun. They'd be better off asking why they need to drink. To me its just boring.

    "...even moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment, as shown by extensive research on the impact of drinking on driving."
    "Women are more vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use."
    source American Dept of health and Human services.

    saying all that-it's a free country, but I think you know what I'm getting at.
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    If you're looking for taste, there are certainly many varieties of tea available.

    Also, orange juice is great.

    You can drink other things that taste probably just as nice. If you've never had alcohol, you'll never know the difference, so you'll never feel like you're actually missing out. It's only once you've had a single sip of it that you won't be able to enjoy orange juice (for example) as much, knowing perhaps that there's a nicer (but more dangerous) substance out there.

    Honestly, it isn't worth the faff of a night out and wasting excesses of money, not to mention creating a dependency on something to generate confidence.

    On balance, weighing up the positive and negative outcomes, I simply feel it isn't worth it. Also, for a given amount of alcohol consumed, the same amount of tea will have less of an impact immediately and, if taken in regular intervals, less of an impact over time. And so on...

    I also can't quite appreciate this idea of 'drowning one's sorrows'. You can't drink your problems away, and trying to has particularly devastating consequences.

    Mmm. I cannot be persuaded. :teehee:
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    (Original post by versari)
    sounds like you have it all reasoned out then

    I'm a visual artist so my imagination is important to my work. I could never risk damaging my brain through drinking alcohol.
    Thats like saying you could never risk your head exploding by eating toast.
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    (Original post by Maria G Agnesi)
    There are so many risks and issues associated with it that it really surprises me a lot of people consider drinking alcohol. I could really never imagine myself drinking it. Does anyone else feel the same way?

    My main issue with it is that by consuming large quantities, one loses one's inhibitions and becomes awfully rude. Swearing, shouting and all the rest of it are fairly common consequences. I think it is the most horrendous thing. To be seen shouting or heard using strong language in a public place is the greatest recipe for embarrassment I have ever heard of.

    Surely I'm not the only one?
    I'm just here because you made this thread :ahee:
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    (Original post by Maria G Agnesi)
    If you've never had alcohol, you'll never know the difference, so you'll never feel like you're actually missing out.


    Congratulations, this is the stupidest single sentence on TSR this week.
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    (Original post by cole-slaw)
    Congratulations, this is the stupidest single sentence on TSR this week.
    I know it's stating the obvious, but I'm making a point here.

    If you drink alcohol, you'll never be able to stop. Even if you're sensible, you'll probably want to have it on occasion, If you never have it, you won't ever have that feeling of "ooh, haven't had a drink in a while."

    Meh. The argument is dwindling here. Anyway.
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    (Original post by Maria G Agnesi)
    I know it's stating the obvious, but I'm making a point here.

    If you drink alcohol, you'll never be able to stop. Even if you're sensible, you'll probably want to have it on occasion, If you never have it, you won't ever have that feeling of "ooh, haven't had a drink in a while."

    Meh. The argument is dwindling here. Anyway.
    More complete nonsense, I'm afraid.
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    (Original post by cole-slaw)
    More complete nonsense, I'm afraid.
    I'm just stating more of the obvious. Is this your way of saying you disagree? :teehee:

    From what I can see, you're probably in favour of drinking, which is fine. But I just don't really see any reason why anyone should want to drink alcohol, when you can have a cup of tea or something else that has a particularly nice flavour.
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    As far as the reasons go on this thread, I still think that if you don't need alcohol, don't drink it.

    It's possible to argue the same with something like chocolate, because you don't really need it either. But the idea is that you won't get drunk from having a small piece of chocolate. You also won't end up awake at 4AM in the morning, stumbling outside the bar and waiting for a taxi. Chocolate can't possibly lead to that in sensible amounts. Alcohol wouldn't lead to that in sensible amounts either, but there's a chance you can be peer pressured into drinking more, or that others are drinking more, so you drink more, etc. So, in excess, chocolate won't cause as much harm as alcohol could.

    Also, what about being healthy? You could cut out all alcohol whilst dieting. A lot of celebrities tend to do that too.

    There are probably just as many reasons to not drink as there are to drink. There are better ways of dealing with stress than instantly resorting to alcohol, or to build up natural confidence over time than to gain a quick boost. When you go to an interview, will you have a little glass of something to get you tipsy and confident? Hopefully not. You would need more natural confidence by then, so alcohol hasn't truly helped, but may have acted as a 'crutch' as someone mentioned earlier.
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    (Original post by Maria G Agnesi)
    I'm just stating more of the obvious. Is this your way of saying you disagree? :teehee:

    From what I can see, you're probably in favour of drinking, which is fine. But I just don't really see any reason why anyone should want to drink alcohol, when you can have a cup of tea or something else that has a particularly nice flavour.
    But why drink tea, when you can drink water?
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    (Original post by Maria G Agnesi)
    As far as the reasons go on this thread, I still think that if you don't need alcohol, don't drink it.

    It's possible to argue the same with something like chocolate, because you don't really need it either. But the idea is that you won't get drunk from having a small piece of chocolate.

    Same applies to alcohol

    You also won't end up awake at 4AM in the morning, stumbling outside the bar and waiting for a taxi.

    Same applies to alcohol


    Chocolate can't possibly lead to that in sensible amounts.

    Same applies to alcohol

    Alcohol wouldn't lead to that in sensible amounts either, but there's a chance you can be peer pressured into drinking more, or that others are drinking more, so you drink more, etc.

    Complete nonsense, Its perfectly easy to drink moderately, millions of people do it every night of the week.


    So, in excess, chocolate won't cause as much harm as alcohol could.


    Actually, excess chocolate makes you obese, and more people die from obesity related diseases every year than alcohol related diseases. So excess chocolate is far MORE dangerous than excess alcohol.


    Also, what about being healthy? You could cut out all alcohol whilst dieting. A lot of celebrities tend to do that too.


    You could, but you don't need to.

    There are probably just as many reasons to not drink as there are to drink. There are better ways of dealing with stress than instantly resorting to alcohol, or to build up natural confidence over time than to gain a quick boost. When you go to an interview, will you have a little glass of something to get you tipsy and confident? Hopefully not. You would need more natural confidence by then, so alcohol hasn't truly helped, but may have acted as a 'crutch' as someone mentioned earlier.

    sensible reasons TO drink:
    1. it tastes great - 100 times as good as any non-alcoholic drink
    2. it feels great - just like the buzz you get from sex or exercise
    3. it helps you socialise and makes you more naturally confident in the long run
    4. it makes you healthier and live longer

    sensible reasons not to drink:

    1.
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    Can we just rename this thread The Autist Society and be done with it?

    Honestly.
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    (Original post by versari)
    sounds like you have it all reasoned out then

    I'm a visual artist so my imagination is important to my work. I could never risk damaging my brain through drinking alcohol.
    Yes. No one has ever created any art of note whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

    Ever :indiff:
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    (Original post by cole-slaw)
    sensible reasons TO drink:
    1. it tastes great - 100 times as good as any non-alcoholic drink
    2. it feels great - just like the buzz you get from sex or exercise
    3. it helps you socialise and makes you more naturally confident in the long run
    4. it makes you healthier and live longer

    sensible reasons not to drink:

    1.
    1. Well, maybe it does taste nice. But will you ever be able to drink (for example) orange juice and enjoy it, when you know it tastes 100 times less nice than an alcoholic drink? It probably wouldn't be the same again.
    2. Drinking tea feels relaxing and enjoyable too.
    3. I don't need particularly need alcohol to acquire confidence, socialise or anything else.
    4. Please quote the source of evidence for your fourth point.

    I'm not really convinced that drinking is at all worth it.
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    (Original post by Maria G Agnesi)
    1. Well, maybe it does taste nice. But will you ever be able to drink (for example) orange juice and enjoy it, when you know it tastes 100 times less nice than an alcoholic drink? It probably wouldn't be the same again.
    2. Drinking tea feels relaxing and enjoyable too.
    3. I don't need particularly need alcohol to acquire confidence, socialise or anything else.
    4. Please quote the source of evidence for your fourth point.

    I'm not really convinced that drinking is at all worth it.
    Your argument boils down to "you should never do fun things, because then you will realise how **** everything else is".

    which is just an argument against all forms of enjoyment or happiness. You can apply it to anything. Should I never eat fillet steak because then I will never appreciate rump in the same way? Should I never have sex because then I will never appreciate masturbation? Should I never listen to good music, because then I will never appreciate the dross on the X-factor?
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    (Original post by cole-slaw)
    Your argument boils down to "you should never do fun things, because then you will realise how **** everything else is".
    Yes, essentially, but drinking is something people do on quite a regular basis, whereas you might not have steak for every single meal. It's hard to explain, but I anticipate so many negative consequences from drinking that it's just better to remain ignorant. Ignorance is bliss and so on. :teehee:
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    (Original post by Maria G Agnesi)
    Yes, essentially, but drinking is something people do on quite a regular basis, whereas you might not have steak for every single meal. It's hard to explain, but I anticipate so many negative consequences from drinking that it's just better to remain ignorant. Ignorance is bliss and so on. :teehee:
    Drinking is mostly regular amongst students, even then it's not everyday.People that work only drink when they are socialising and they do not get drunk and start shouting or being rude.
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    I feel the same way as well. People know the dangers but just don't care at all. Even smoking as well.

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    (Original post by Maria G Agnesi)
    Yes, essentially, but drinking is something people do on quite a regular basis, whereas you might not have steak for every single meal. It's hard to explain, but I anticipate so many negative consequences from drinking that it's just better to remain ignorant. Ignorance is bliss and so on. :teehee:
    So basically your argument is that people should not drink because drinking is fun, and too much fun is bad for you.
 
 
 
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