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bumwithablackberry's avatar

Throughout life is it better to drink, or not to drink?

Asked by bumwithablackberry (932points) September 1st, 2009

And if so, beer, wine, liquor?

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NaturalMineralWater's avatar

If you are the type of person who doesn’t need alcohol than it’s perfectly reasonable to not drink. If, on the other hand, you are like me and life ebbs and flows with ups and downs and you don’t have the self discipline to avoid alcohol, than yes… beer, wine AND liquor are good.

Jess's avatar

Hmmmmmmmm, this as with everything else in life is about the Middle Path, and by that I mean moderation. Personally I’ve had amazing, blessed nights drinking in good company, and also unproductive nights of just downing another beer out of compulsion.

Beer is the best. Some say wine is, but they’ve been proven wrong, it’s too sugary. Personally, I know people who do drink and who don’t, and just in general the ones who don’t drink at all are more “square” “in the lines” “predictable” and go into everything with a pre-conceived mindset…..but I also know useless drunks!


MissAusten's avatar

Moderation is good. If you can’t stop after one or two drinks, it’s probably better not to drink at all.

As for what to drink, that’s just personal preference really. Wine usually gives me heartburn, so I avoid it. Beer is one of those things that I only like in certain situations, like a cook-out. It has to be very cold, and I only like a couple of brands.

My drink of choice is the martini. Two is my limit (I once had several, and that was not a good decision on my part). In fact, I think I have some appletini mix in the fridge. Be back later with some poor grammar and bad typing…

jamielynn2328's avatar

Sometimes I think not drinking could be the most physically healthy option. However drinking for me is the most emotionally healthy option. And it’s beer for this girl..

Darwin's avatar

Moderation is the way to go. Personally I love a good, strong-flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, or a nice tawny Port, but then I also like certain home-brewed beers. I am not much of a fan of hard liquors, but I must admit I enjoy virgin versions of various cocktails.

In any case, if one drinks one should savor what they are drinking. Going straight for the buzz strikes me as being particularly unhealthy as well as a great waste of the fine art of fermenting the products of nature.

wundayatta's avatar

If you can moderate your drinking, then you can do what you want. A couple of glasses of wine with dinner actually may help your heart. Maybe only one, depending on where you are in life, and how your health is otherwise.

If you can’t moderate, then it could be quite problematic to drink. It can take over your life. It can hurt your relationships. Indeed, you may have to swear off the stuff, entirely in order to keep your addiction at bay.

I also think it’s important for people to get sick drunk at least once in their lives. I think it’s important to know what it feels like. I know it made me never want to experience that again. Maybe that won’t be the case for everyone.

But drinking serves a social purpose. This can work well, when it’s civilized, moderate drinking. It can be horrible when it’s drinking games at fraternities, and people are supposed to drink themselves blind. So, as always, it just depends.

ubersiren's avatar

I heard on the radio once that a few beers a week can help prevent hearing loss as you get older. I don’t know what study it was, though. And wine is known for being good for your circulatory system, having anti-oxidants, and aids with lowering stress. I’ve not heard anything good about liquor. Doesn’t mean it’s no good- who couldn’t use the occasional drink?

BluRhino's avatar

The ability to moderate is the key, imho. If you are like me and have The Beasts’ gene in you, I pray you have the ability to recognize it and stop asap. Dancing with it does not work in the long run, please, please believe me.

mascarraaa's avatar

i think it depends if you like it or not, once in a while wont harm:) but not so much to get a beer belly :) those are gross

ItsAHabit's avatar

Unless contraindicated by pregnancy, addiction, age, etc., drinking alcohol in moderation is associated with better health and greater longevity than is either abstaining from alcohol or abusing it. Research suggests that beer, wine and liquor in moderation are equally beneficial to health.

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