Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aware of Your Drinking Pattern?

For some people, their idea of having a good time or partying or letting go in relation to alcohol consumption is almost a joke (a good joke mind you): three drinks, four drinks max, and they're tired and done.  They've approached a boundary that, I suspect, is artificial.  They simply haven't experienced more drinking to know where their true boundaries are, because, for the most part, they are still highly cognizant and capable after two or three or four drinks.

I'm not suggesting that people should try to hit their maximum threshold/BAC to "really know" themselves or anything like that.  I'm just saying that when some people communicate about what they think is the same phenomenon, in the drinking context, their intent with regard to quantity may be far afield.  Those lightweight drinkers are smart, because they don't test out their own tolerance (or if they do, they do so infrequently). Heavy drinkers, or people that "really party" know these folks well, because they're boring--at least for heavier drinkers. Why?  Because they enlighten those heavy drinkers that there's an inch of possibility that going out and drinking doesn't need to be a full on booze fest, and that's a bummer because it makes the heavy drinker aware of their drinking.

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