Post # 1
I’m a drinker myself, so this isn’t a judgmental post…but I was randomly thinking about it today, and I can’t come up with a good reason.
I’m 24, I like to go out to clubs and bars on some weekends and have some drinks. When my friends & I get together for girl nights, we usually open a bottle of wine. I don’t drink alcohol to excess and sometimes weeks can go without a drink, but I do like to drink socially.
The only answer I can come up with is, because it makes me feel a little more confident, happy, etc and I like that. It’s fun. But that bothers me a little because the effect is really so fleeting – and instead of drinking, shouldn’t I be trying to be confident and happy and fun all the time, soberly?
I don’t need alcohol to have fun at all, I enjoy myself without it, and I don’t fear it ever becoming an issue. But myself and my friends and so many other people drink because we like how it feels. Do you girls think that’s a good enough reason?
Maybe I’m thinking too much into it. there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks to relax, let loose, have fun, etc. Except when I explain that to a non-drinker, it just sounds so stupid.
Why do you ladies drink?
Post # 3
I go wine tasting with Fiance, my mom and girlfriends. Fiance also drink wine at home, and may have drinks with dinner while we’re out. I rarely drink liquor anymore, but if I do, it is because I enjoy the taste of what I am drinking, I don’t drink to get drunk or even to get a buzz.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I honestly enjoy the flavors of the things I drink and I don’t drink things that I don’t enjoy the flavor of.
I started drinking wine as a child at family dinners and I grew up with an appreciation for the way wine tastes. As an adult, I’ve developed the same appreciation for a number of other things: fine cheeses, dark chocolates, beer, coffee, exquisitely prepared foods of all sorts.
All these things we consume cause things to change in our bodies. We experience caffeine buzzes, endorphin rushes, mood stabilization, etc. Why should the easing of tension and a boost in playfulness and self-confidence be any less valid?
Post # 5
See I was also going to say I enjoy the taste, but if I’m perfectly honest I could probably replicate the taste of most of these drinks with non-alcoholic juices (I’m a fruity drink gal!). So there’s a definite reason I choose coconut rum and pineapple instead of pineapple and coconut juice, yanno?
Post # 6
I feel more confident and self assured. And it’s tasty. Darling Husband and I like a glass of wine or mixed drink with dinner 2-3 times a week. We rarely have more than two servings apiece. Just enough to get tipsy and giggly.
Post # 7
1) And this is the MAIN reason – I like the taste! I like wine, I like cocktails, I like a good old Rum ‘n Coke! I don’t drink beer because I don’t like it.
2) And this is a smaller reason – it’s fancy? Or grown up? You have to be responsible with it, so if you are then you feel good about being responsible but if you aren’t then you feel like a rebel? It’s all psychological and I think as long as you don’t abuse it, it’s ok to have a drink to have a little fun or to wind down.
ETA: You could ask this about anything, why do we ride rollercoasters, or go to the movies or have birthday parties? Because it’s fun!!
Post # 8
1) Drinks are yummy
2) A little alcohol is a nice way to relax once in a while
3) Socially, it’s a common and easy thing to do with friends.
I don’t drink much (maybe a couple of drinks per week) but a nice drink can be really enjoyable now and then.
Post # 9
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
I don’t drink to get drunk, its more social for me. I will have like one drink if I am out dancing with the girls. I could really do without it. However, the bar is the first place they want to hit when we walk in…so its like I need to purchase and sip or just stand there until they are ready to dance. I am a light weight and have never liked the taste of alcohol…it has to be a sweet/fruity drink for me to consume it. Also I do not need alcohol to have fun and dance around, but some of them need three or more drinks before they even consider hitting the dance floor. I don’t know why but maybe it makes them more confident to dance?? This is off the subject but this is one of the reasons I have decided to have a cash bar…if I don’t really drink I don’t really want to pay for others to get drunk at my reception.
Post # 10
It tastes good.
It reduces pain for intercourse.
I like how it makes me feel relaxed, similar to the feeling post-massage or bath.
It helps me with chronic pain due to soft tissue issues.
It also helps with pain when my wisdom teeth act up, sometimes this can mean the difference between being able to fall asleep or not. The mouth numbing stuff makes me feel nauseous, I would much rather swish a little liqueur after it’s sat in ice for a bit over the swollen area.
Post # 12
I drink beer almost every day, my nightly routine is to go home and watch a horror movie with a couple of beers before bed. I drink because I genuinely enjoy the taste and because it’s a nice way to unwind. As an added bonus, I have a pinched nerve in my spine and drinking even a little helps with the pain.
Post # 13
1. I love being buzzed, and it gives me a lot more confidence and more outgoing when im out with friends
2. I get buzzed pretty much every weekend at night when im home with my SO, it makes me super horny (tmi? lol) and its just relaxing after a stressful week, Ive recently had a tragedy in my life so it helps
Post # 14
Because inside me dwells an expert level dancer screaming to get out.
Post # 15
Well, I currently don’t drink b/c I have a hiatal hernia (mispelled?) and ulcers 🙁 I tried to drink and it is just NOT a good idea until I get better!! That said, my partner and I LOVE beer. We brew our own, and are on a “beer tour” at a local chain (they have a lovely list of beer – you sign up and have all year to drink 100 beers. At 50, you get a prize and at 100. Usually there’s a secret 150 beer prize. Anyone who finishes the tour gets to go to the special party). I enjoy how beer tastes, and allthe different types. I also enjoy wine for similar reasons – the tastes, helps me mellow a little, etc.
Post # 16
@novacaineandlaughter: I have a pinched nerve in my lower back, too, so I drink a little vodka when it’s acting up, which definitely helps with the pain!
I also drink socially, when we go to parties, or out to a bar. It’s fun. I enjoy feeling buzzed.
I could definitely see myself abusing alcohol, but I could also abuse prescription meds. I LOVE the way hydrocodone makes me feel. I have chronic ear infections, so I get hydrocodone prescribed for the pain. It is the best drug ever.
So I have to be really careful to not take too many pills and to not drink too much. I just remind myself that if I start to abuse alcohol or pain meds, that means I can’t take them at all!