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    I used to drink a lot of alcohol when i was a teen, but stopped it completely when i went to University. It is just nothing for me, anymore.
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    I think I am more of a social drinker, although much less since my last pregnancy. I just have a glass of wine with lunch on Sunday.
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    No, because I always regret it the next day because I always find out that I did something stupid while drunk, lol. Nothing criminal, mind you, lol.
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    Nah. There's nothing good about it.
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    I don't drink too much alcohol due to a medical condition. I mostly prefer soft drinks anyway
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    (Original post by RivalPlayer)
    Nah. There's nothing good about it.
    -Tastes good (pure ethanol is disgusting, but good beer/wine/whisky tastes great)
    -Makes you feel more relaxed
    -Makes introverts feel less introverted
    -Makes social awkward people less awkward
    -Slows your thoughts down so, in moderation, you can think clearer
    -Improves your ability to speak foreign languages

    Sure, ethanol is basically a poison and it does cost a fair amount, but to say there's nothing good about it is just wrong.
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    No. I don’t really know why tbh lol
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    I only drink it when I'm going on a night out or out for drinks, which is very rare these days. I can't just drink casually at home as I get bad hangovers even after like one drink
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    (Original post by Manitude)
    -Tastes good (pure ethanol is disgusting, but good beer/wine/whisky tastes great)
    -Makes you feel more relaxed
    -Makes introverts feel less introverted
    -Makes social awkward people less awkward
    -Slows your thoughts down so, in moderation, you can think clearer
    -Improves your ability to speak foreign languages

    Sure, ethanol is basically a poison and it does cost a fair amount, but to say there's nothing good about it is just wrong.
    Those positives are subjective. As you said, it's a poision. The numerous negative effects are a blight on society.
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    I don't drink. It makes my breath stinky. 🙊
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    (Original post by Changing Skies)
    I only drink it when I'm going on a night out or out for drinks, which is very rare these days. I can't just drink casually at home as I get bad hangovers even after like one drink
    Lightweight too?
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    (Original post by RivalPlayer)
    Those positives are subjective. As you said, it's a poision. The numerous negative effects are a blight on society.
    Some of them are. The one about speaking foreign languages is the conclusion of this piece of research:
    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1...69881117735687
    While the very short conclusion at the start of the paper suggests the it "may" increase language skills, if you look at the results for observer rated language skills it does show fairly compelling evidence that alcohol consumption improves the ability of a non-native speaker, according to a native speaker.

    Taste is indeed subjective, but if even one person thinks that it tastes good then your statement that there is "nothing good" about it would be incorrect. The effect of losing inhibitions (relevant to reducing social awkwardness and introversion) is probably demonstrated in the published literature somewhere but I'm personally unaware of studies showing it.
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    (Original post by Manitude)
    Some of them are. The one about speaking foreign languages is the conclusion of this piece of research:
    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1...69881117735687
    While the very short conclusion at the start of the paper suggests the it "may" increase language skills, if you look at the results for observer rated language skills it does show fairly compelling evidence that alcohol consumption improves the ability of a non-native speaker, according to a native speaker.

    Taste is indeed subjective, but if even one person thinks that it tastes good then your statement that there is "nothing good" about it would be incorrect. The effect of losing inhibitions (relevant to reducing social awkwardness and introversion) is probably demonstrated in the published literature somewhere but I'm personally unaware of studies showing it.
    Consuming a poison to improve your language skills or your ability to socialise isn't a healthy attitude to promote. The loss of inhibitions brought about by alcohol isn't an unassailable good. I think British society needs to move away from using alcohol as a social lubricant. Britain's booze culture is disgraceful.
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    (Original post by RivalPlayer)
    Consuming a poison to improve your language skills or your ability to socialise isn't a healthy attitude to promote. The loss of inhibitions brought about by alcohol isn't an unassailable good. I think British society needs to move away from using alcohol as a social lubricant. Britain's booze culture is disgraceful.
    The anti-alcohol party on TSR is so miserable.
    Drinking to socialise is a widespread practice across the West.
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    (Original post by Manitude)
    Some of them are. The one about speaking foreign languages is the conclusion of this piece of research:
    http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1...69881117735687
    While the very short conclusion at the start of the paper suggests the it "may" increase language skills, if you look at the results for observer rated language skills it does show fairly compelling evidence that alcohol consumption improves the ability of a non-native speaker, according to a native speaker.

    Taste is indeed subjective, but if even one person thinks that it tastes good then your statement that there is "nothing good" about it would be incorrect. The effect of losing inhibitions (relevant to reducing social awkwardness and introversion) is probably demonstrated in the published literature somewhere but I'm personally unaware of studies showing it.
    I can confirm that my (spoken, not written) English is much better when I'm tipsy/tight.
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    I drink to help loosen me up in terms of socialising, I'm pretty awkward and struggle to talk to people, so alcohol gives me that boost of not sitting in the corner at a party I've been dragged too. Apart from that, I don't really drink that often, as I don't have a job so I can't really afford it
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    (Original post by usualsuspects)
    The anti-alcohol party on TSR is so miserable.
    Drinking to socialise is a widespread practice across the West.
    The belief that in order to have fun and socialise, one must drink alcohol is insidious and rather sad.
    But then again this is Britain where drinking yourself into oblivion is an achievement, so your comment isn't surprising.
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    (Original post by RivalPlayer)
    The belief that in order to have fun and socialise, one must drink alcohol is insidious and rather sad.
    But then again this is Britain where drinking yourself into oblivion is an achievement, so your comment isn't surprising.
    I have a different notion of achievement...

    Actually, it is a given that drinking makes parties, dinners and clubbing more fun. Clubbing especially is a dull activity, and no sane person dances sober, so drinking is necessary to have a decent time.
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    (Original post by RivalPlayer)
    Consuming a poison to improve your language skills or your ability to socialise isn't a healthy attitude to promote. The loss of inhibitions brought about by alcohol isn't an unassailable good. I think British society needs to move away from using alcohol as a social lubricant. Britain's booze culture is disgraceful.
    The loss of inhibitions may not be an unassailable good, but your statement that there is nothing good has been shown to be incorrect. This is the only thing where we disagree. I accept that there are problems with excessive alcohol consumption. But to claim, as you did, that there are no benefits is simply untrue.
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    Alcohol is not for me.
    1. It tastes like cat piss with a wet paper bag thrown in.
    2. It's expensive.
    3. I find drunk people generally annoying
 
 
 
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