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    I drink alone, I enjoy it and treat it as a leisure activity.
    59
    27.31%
    I drink alone when stressed / depressed / emotional.
    22
    10.19%
    No oppinion, people can do as they please (I drink alone)
    20
    9.26%
    No oppinion, people can do as they please (I don't drink alone)
    49
    22.69%
    Drinking alone is a bad sign
    40
    18.52%
    I would never drink alone, and would advise friends not to if I knew they did
    22
    10.19%
    Other (post comment)
    4
    1.85%

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    I sometimes have a malibu+lemonade or half guinness after I finish my shift at the pub... I usually sit alone outside to smoke because I'm tired after my shift, but there will always be someone who I know nearby and sometimes I have a chat with them. Does that count as drinking alone? It's pretty much the only time I drink at all, really.
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    (Original post by cats_have_teats)
    Well I don't personally like to get completely wasted these days even when I'm out with friends. But if it happens then it's usually at a good event where I've been drinking a lot and maybe I'm falling over etc but there are people around to help or laugh at me, which makes it alright.

    My preferred state is to be mildly tipsy, and this is sometimes nice on my own to relax a bit, still usually better with friends. I wouldn't want to get past this point on my own because it just wouldn't be enjoyable. You would probably just want to go to bed at some point but then probably feel sick with no one around. No, thanks.
    I don't have that experience with alcohol, last time I threw up was a year ago at a party where we had absinthe and I concede it was a pretty stupid night (good laugh though ) but lesson learnt, never again. I don't really get sick, and somehow I retain a little enclave of rationality in my head that I can go back whilst drunk and make decisions for my own well being (such as have a glass of water, go to bed now etc). I can even cook a full, labor intensive meal, drunk with no repercusions, injuries or leaving the gas on as I make a point of triple checking everything...

    I guess different people have different experiences with alcohol. I just get more creative, more open (but not embarssingly), more confident, more decisive and less awkward. Infact, there are very few negative effects I experience. Even hangovers are rare due to me making a point of drinking atleast 2 pints of water before bed.
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    I used to have a drink or two most nights, but can't really afford it at the moment. Not to the point where I'm even remotely tipsy - I just like the taste of alcohol, so enjoy a whisky or a gin and tonic at night. Once in a while if I'm really enjoying it I will get pleasantly sloshed, but I can handle my drink. Nothing to worry about at all.
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    I don't understand why someone would want to get drunk by themselves...i mean if you are just having like a glass of wine or something then fair enough..but i think getting drunk by yourself is a tad weird!! But that is just my opinion..as i think of drinking as more of a socialising thing.
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    (Original post by jesty)
    i sometimes have the odd drink alone but then i drink because i like it not to be "cool" and only drink with friends

    its like social smokers. i never understand why they only smoke when with friends just for appearance
    This.

    I, for one, enjoy a nice bottle of beer or two when I'm watching a film or just lying back listening to music.

    People who seem to think there is something wrong with drinking alone have, I suspect, a rather immature attitude to alcohol.
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    I used to have maybe a bottle of wine to myself during college every Thursday night. That would get me pretty damn tipsy, but not quite sh*t-faced. On one or two occasions when something was on my mind I had two or three bottles. Just maybe music a lot better. I used to get a few comments about it aswell, people saying 'Why do you drink alone? Isn't that sad?' Looking back I do wonder why I did it, but I don't think there's anything wrong with it as such, but make sure it's not affecting your life and doesn't become a habit. I am absolutely tea total now and rarely drink at all.

    This reminds me of a woman I used to work with who used to have two bottles of wine every single night. She was a legend and a completely happy person from what I could see. So it doesn't necessarily mean you are sad or depressed.
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    (Original post by the.white.rabbit)
    I don't understand why someone would want to get drunk by themselves...i mean if you are just having like a glass of wine or something then fair enough..but i think getting drunk by yourself is a tad weird!! But that is just my opinion..as i think of drinking as more of a socialising thing.
    I don't understand why people make a point of using pink font >_<.

    But each to their own eh?
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    (Original post by |>|Imagine|<|)
    I don't understand why people make a point of using pink font >_<.

    But each to their own eh?
    I just like the look of it..plus it makes it makes my comments stand out.
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    (Original post by the.white.rabbit)
    I just like the look of it..plus it makes it makes my comments stand out.
    O K A Y ^ ^
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    Occasionally, if I'm not going out with friends, I will sit at home one night of the weekend and get drunk. I wouldn't get as drunk as I would when I go out but I would still be fairly drunk.

    I dunno, I don't think it's that wierd. While I do drink a lot for the social effect of being more confident, less self-conscious, being drunk also has other nice effects that are still enjoyable when I'm by myself. I don't make a habit of doing it but when I do, it's nice.
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    (Original post by Onion Terror)
    Haha that Peter Mandelson quote is unbelievable.

    /interruption

    But do you think its normal to get drunk by yourself??
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    I, personally, would get so bored getting wasted alone.
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    (Original post by Onion Terror)
    I don't care if it's 'normal', people can do what they want.

    What's this obsession with normality argh.
    Fair enough...
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    (Original post by Antimatter)
    I, personally, would get so bored getting wasted alone.
    I agree!!
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    I don't think it matters when and where you drink, what you drink or who you drink with. The most important thing is why you drink - if you drink to enjoy yourself and have fun then there's no real problem (as long as you don't drink to a point of dependency obviously) but if you're drinking as a means of escapism, then it can quite easily become a problem.
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    (Original post by Antimatter)
    I, personally, would get so bored getting wasted alone.
    I dunno, I actually have more fun drinking alone. I'm quite an intovert though. Though I certainly enjoy a good night out with my mates (foam parties ftw ^^) I absolutely love drinking and listening to my favorite music with headphones, chatting to my online friends and playing multiplayer video games when drunk. I also write blogs when drunk occasionally. And no they aren't drivel :P Albeit a bit philosophical.

    I guess it depends on the person, but its certainly fun for me.
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    (Original post by the.white.rabbit)

    But do you think its normal to get drunk by yourself??
    It's certainly not abnormal. If you're waking up and pouring wine on your cornflakes then you have a problem.
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    I might drink until I'm tipsy alone. I would rarely drink so much that I'm drunk when I'm on my own, it just seems a little boring and a waste of my carefully rationed liver.

    Anyway, I started drinking alone before I started drinking with friends. I used to really look forward to having a few pints at the weekend, supplied by my dad, and just sit and play CS or something to that effect. The fun has kinda' worn off now though, I guess since I'm old enough to do it whenever I want it means less.

    I wish drinking was still that much fun.
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    (Original post by Antimatter)
    I, personally, would get so bored getting wasted alone.
    I pity those who find their self so boring that they can't even tolerate their own company.
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    (Original post by jesty)
    its like social smokers. i never understand why they only smoke when with friends just for appearance
    I used to smoke socially before I began smoking more regularly. I never did it to be seen smoking, just if I was out at a pub smoking seemed a nice compliment to drinking.

    It's also an excuse to go outside every 45 minutes and sit in the beer garden. Often the best, funniest times of the night occur when you're out in the smokers section were you can actually hear what people are saying.
 
 
 
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