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Posted by splodge (2771 posts) 11 months, 20 days ago

Poll: How often do you drink enough alcohol to consider yourself drunk? (474 votes)

Once a year 28%
Once every three months 23%
Once a month 14%
Once a fortnight 8%
Once a week 9%
More than once a week 12%
Every day 5%

Just curious, I am in the twice a month category but have been in the twice a week category in the past.

If you are drunk every day please consider treatment.

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#1 Posted by MattGiersoni (587 posts) -

Once a year probably. I drink very moderately usually. Just a glass or two of whisky and ice, I rarely get drunk honestly.

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#2 Posted by Ben_H (4196 posts) -

Never should be an option. Drinking is an issue with my dad's side of the family so I stay as far away from alcohol as possible.

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#3 Edited by Digaumgrunge (89 posts) -

Once a month. Usually at a friend's birthday party or at my local bar. But I've been in the once-twice a week category, not that long ago...

Also, hangovers get progressively worst as you get older. I'm 33 and I'm out for at least 36-48 hours after a night of hard drinking.

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#4 Posted by BeachThunder (15140 posts) -

Yep, never should be an option...

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#5 Posted by wollywoo (263 posts) -

I drink enough to get a mild buzz fairly often - usually about one drink per night if I happen to have alcohol around. Very rarely will I go beyond the equivalent of two beers or so. So I put myself in the once-per-year category. Drinking a little bit helps me relax and sleep, and loosen my self-consciousness a bit, which is nice for someone as neurotic as me. But somebody explain the appeal of actually getting very drunk? I don't get it. When I do, I just feel shitty. I just get dizzy and want to lie down or throw up.

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#6 Posted by Luchalma (542 posts) -

I once had a sip of beer on accident when I was a kid, thinking it was Pepsi. I had a shot of vodka on my 21st birthday. I had half a beer at my best friend's bachelor party. That's my entire history with alcohol, so never would be my answer.

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#7 Posted by flasaltine (2546 posts) -

At least once a week. Often twice a week. Sometimes three times a week. I live in DC and we party hard...

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#8 Posted by SkullPanda1 (1625 posts) -

Never been drunk and I have no plans to. Not something I feel safe doing.

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#9 Posted by BabyChooChoo (7092 posts) -

I don't drink. My body is a temple...except for when I'm sometimes shoveling garbage food into it.

God, I could really fuck up some Reese's Cups right about now.

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#10 Posted by Efesell (4508 posts) -

Never been.

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#11 Edited by deactivated-5b85a38d6c493 (1990 posts) -

I drink very sporadically. I might drink once a week for a while, then go on a long bender of drinking every day then not drink anything for several months. It all depends on my mood, the shittier I feel the more likely it is that I’ll drink.

Right now I haven’t had a sip for 3 months.

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#12 Posted by UnrealDP (1309 posts) -

I guess this is just a poll for people who drink then.

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#13 Posted by Rejizzle (1122 posts) -

Fortnightly, or slightly more often for special occasions. Birthdays, holidays, etc..

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#14 Posted by devise22 (736 posts) -

For me it's probably once a week, sometimes more depending on the situations etc. I usually get drinks if there is a decent UFC card on and I feel like making an event of it with friends. However I also tend to be the type of person to crack a beer (or 3) following work if it was a stressful day etc. Although I don't really consider that "get me drunk" type, as it usually takes 8 or 9 beers for me to actually hit the get drunk level.

That said, I'm pretty sure I'd qualify as a borderline alcoholic considering it's rare I go more than 2 weeks without at least having something to drink. Although I will note that I do live in an area of the world (western Canada, Alberta specifically) that is known for heavy drinking. Small towns here have several bars and multiple liquor stores. We are one of the only places in Canada that has a government regulated but not government run alcohol department, which means instead of seeing a Starbucks on every corner, it's usually a place that severs drinks to some degree, or sells them.

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#15 Posted by Sahalarious (774 posts) -

Usually friday and saturday nights we grab a ton of beer and watch Vikings, but we hate it. I get drug tested for work but had two months off where we could smoke instead and we didnt even look at alcohol for that period of time. alcohol is poison yo.

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#16 Posted by Jesus_Phish (3885 posts) -

I drink but never to the point of getting drunk. I got black out drunk once and I've no intention of doing that again.

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#17 Posted by Wemibelle (2639 posts) -

I'm not comfortable with the idea of any substances that mess with my head, so I avoid any alcohol or drugs. It's bad enough that I have a hard time doing surgeries too--when I got my wisdom teeth out a few years ago, I was almost shaking too bad to get the IV in.

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#18 Posted by Zzzleepy (172 posts) -
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#19 Posted by BallsLeon (563 posts) -

Once a month, or every other month now. The next morning fills me with regret.

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#20 Posted by Pezen (2381 posts) -

Very few times per year. I get a bit buzzed once in a while having either whisky, beers or some Gin & Tonic. But as I have gotten older the occassions where I’ll get drunk is pretty sparse. Usually it’s bigger events of some kind or a rare bar crawl. But usually I mostly do some low key drinking at home while watching something with my girlfriend or while playing a game. But even those are not every week. Especially since I have a strict no drinking policy if I’m driving the next day, even just a beer. Unless it’s very little to no alcohol in it.

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#21 Posted by Brackstone (911 posts) -

I'm not comfortable with the idea of any substances that mess with my head, so I avoid any alcohol or drugs. It's bad enough that I have a hard time doing surgeries too--when I got my wisdom teeth out a few years ago, I was almost shaking too bad to get the IV in.

Same, except for the IV part. One time I had a minor operation and they had to give me a sedative, and the 3 or so hours after I woke up, including the trip home and a couple hours at home, are a complete blank for me. No memory whatsoever, even though I was apparently conscious and lucid the entire time. It's the closest I've been to being drunk I suppose, and that's always made me uncomfortable. The thought of things messing with my consciousness more than the usual sleep deprivation does is just not appealing. Also all alcohol tastes and smells like gross chemicals, so they've got nothing for me.

The only alcoholic thing I've enjoyed was some red wine gelato in Italy. That was good stuff.

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#22 Posted by Puchiko (847 posts) -

I don't know when to consider myself "drunk". When I drink too much I just get sleepy. I have only fallen asleep from drinking twice but other than that I don't think I've every gotten "drunk" on a regular basis.

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#23 Posted by Paliv (250 posts) -

I did some weekend binge drinking in grad school. At this point I mostly adhere to the recent studies on heart health, a recommendation that was just slashed in half. Honestly the older I get the less appeal it has. Once a year or so when there’s a wedding or big occasion I might indulge, otherwise I aim for decent health.

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#24 Edited by BaneFireLord (3568 posts) -

I think it averages out to about once a month, if that...I only drink to the point of drunkenness during low-responsibility periods at law school when there's a social reason for it, so I'll sometimes be drunk once or twice a week for a month (but even then I've never gotten blackout or been actually hungover more than four times), but then in the busy periods or the summer I drink sparingly for the taste or not at all.

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#25 Posted by Maxszy (2377 posts) -

I drink a couple glasses a wine on a relatively regular basis (a few times a week). Though I don't ever get "drunk" from doing that. Little tipsy but that's about it. I moderate that level pretty well. Also, always doing this at home so its not a concern of having to go anywhere. A full on "drunk" aspect usually only happens every few months at most at a party or something. I'm 30 now and I can't / don't want to do the hangovers anymore. They're awful and not worth the night before to get to that point anymore.

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#26 Posted by Tesla (2296 posts) -

I drink about 5-6 days a week, but I'm trying to cut back on that. Proper drunk? A few times a year, and almost always on accident since I kind of hate the feeling of being drunk.

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#27 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7587 posts) -

These days it is even less than once a year, it more like every three years and then it just a mild buzzed-drunk

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#28 Posted by personandstuff (648 posts) -

Never enough.

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#29 Posted by Slag (8157 posts) -

Maybe 6 times in my life

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#30 Posted by Oodli (246 posts) -

Needs an option for more then one year, probably 3 or 4 for me. Drinking sucks.

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#31 Posted by nutter (2145 posts) -

I’ve been litterally blackout drunk twice in my life. The last time was over a decade ago. As such, I didn’t vote.

I don’t think I’ve been beyond feeling good and tipsy since then. That’s usually reserved for all-inclusive vacations, just drinking whiskey or rum all day, feeling loose, but always being in control of myself.

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#33 Posted by FLStyle (6651 posts) -

I don't drink alcohol.

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#34 Posted by KillEm_Dafoe (2637 posts) -

At least once a week. Sometimes more but rarely less. It's the only time I really feel like "me" these days. I'm pretty good about not letting it get out of control, though.

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#35 Posted by Marcsman (3823 posts) -


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#36 Posted by oldenglishc (1547 posts) -

How often do I consider myself drunk? Almost never.

How often do other people consider me drunk? Constantly.

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#37 Posted by fledeye (260 posts) -

There’s no option for less than a year.

I’ve been drunk twice in my entire life. A works do where there was free drink and my wedding.

I watched someone I loved die of liver failure (not through alcohol) while on the waiting list for a transplant because they were further down the list than alcoholics. So I don’t like to associate with people who regularly get drunk now. It’s not a pleasant way to go and I have no desire to watch someone else die that way.

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#38 Posted by MezZa (3048 posts) -

Maybe once a year. I've been more conservative with my drinking lately. I usually stick to wines and craft beers which I like to have during a meal or a nice dinner. No real party drinking for me anymore.

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#39 Posted by Brendan (9215 posts) -

Maybe once a year, but honestly it's basically never. All enjoyed tasting drinks sometimes but I do not like getting drunk and how shitty it makes me feel after.

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#40 Edited by NTM (11826 posts) -

I don't drink, so never. I've only had a few alcoholic drinks in my life and it never tasted good, but that's really beside the point. I just don't like drinking or the idea of getting drunk. Honestly, I'm not a fan of any drink or drug that really affects the way you act aside from those that may actually help you, or something like caffeine, because hey, I like coffee drinks (mocha). Maybe I'm just a party pooper, but I also find it hard to get along with people whose first thought to a party is 'there will be drinks!' That said, I don't really go to parties, so that doesn't matter, ha ha.

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#41 Posted by Monkeyman04 (2796 posts) -

I don't know how to vote on this. It use to be about once a week, but now I've had like a beer or two in about a month.

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#42 Posted by JasonR86 (10255 posts) -

Never, anymore. I'm an alcoholic in recovery. So, before recovery it was nightly/daily/24/7. Now it's never and has been for many, many years (I've actually lost count, which is bizarre now that I think about it.)

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#43 Posted by Kidavenger (4417 posts) -

I don't really drink unless it's a really big occasion, like a milestone birthday party or some weddings so maybe 3 times in the last 15 years.

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#44 Posted by sfw44 (275 posts) -

I used to drink weekly, but I've reduced my drinking by a lot, I haven't had a drink since May.

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#45 Posted by CrazyBagMan (1660 posts) -

I have a drink most days, but never really to the point of being drunk.

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#46 Posted by DarthTraitor (27 posts) -

Pretty often, which is why I’ve been sober for almost 5 months. It was hard in the beginning but I’m slowly getting used to it. I don’t crave it as much. Never cared too much for liquor; It was beer I had a hard time staying away from.

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#47 Posted by geirr (3766 posts) -

It's been over a decade since I drank enough to consider myself drunk.
Now, at most, I'll have a drink or two every few weeks.

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#48 Posted by cikame (2828 posts) -

Never been drunk, i tried to get drunk once but after 3 cans i literally couldn't fit any more in my stomach, i have no idea how people get drunk.

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#49 Posted by MostlySquares (323 posts) -

@cikame: Hard liqour is how people get drunk. I can't drink beer either, it's revolting and it makes my stomach so bloated it's not even funny.

Drink whiskey, slowly. You'll get drunk pretty fast. Just remember this: It takes time for the alcohol to metabolize, so you won't get proper drunk from the drink you just had until like 30 minutes.. Sometimes when you sit around drinking you kinda don't realize that you're drunk, so you keep drinking, then you get up and you realize you're fucking SMASHED.. Then you realize that the drinks you had in the last 20 minutes haven't even taken effect yet...... Now you're in a situation where vomit is pretty much guaranteed... That's why drinking slowly is really solid advice, especially for newcomers.

One shot of scotch equals about 2 beers in alcohol quantity.

That said, alcohol is a rough drug, and there are other things worth doing out there (not necessarily drugs even). If you live in a legal state, maybe start with some softer stuff than alcohol. For me personally, alcohol is just too intense and it's hard to not get overly drunk at times.

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#50 Edited by bavelb (32 posts) -

Ill have a drink maybe once a month, maybe twice around holidays. The last time I've been heavily intoxicated was about a decade ago I'd say.