Some interesting posts there.
Nub and Whiffen, I can say I was in a similar position back when I was younger. Though me and my friends all drank, it was only at parties, and hangovers never existed when you're young
, so I was glad I met a stable set of friends, who never pressured me into trying anything, If I wanted i could. But as we got older things started changing. We would go out all the time, doing pub/bar crawls, like it was an achievement to get that drunk. A couple of my friends have taken acid many times, and one friend was slipped the date rape drug (I think he picked up the wrong drink at a club) where he disappeared the whole night..thankfully nothing happened to him. I remember going to this one pub called the Crown, me and my friend had about 15 JD and cokes, then moved on to another place, to have these crazy cocktails. I honestly cant recall ever having such a fucked up horrendous night, It really kicked me up the backside, I couldn't trust myself to drink in moderation on nights out, as it was far too easy to slip into the groove of buying another, then another. I mean, I wont deny i had fun when i drank, but I always went a step too far and ruined it by overstepping my limits. So it was a case of 'whats the point?' I wasn't happy doing this anymore. I hated not being in control of my actions. If I could learn to tolerate myself better with alcohol before, I probably wouldn't be in the state of mind I am now. But I'm glad I went through all the shit of it to come out the other side, a happier more positive person, It makes me appreciate my health much more now.
I don't want people to think that I completely object with recreational uses of alcohol or light drugs, I am not against it per se, it is just not for me. I do not get a buzz off it. But please do not insist that I am missing out, or not having fun now, I actually find that a little offensive. I find many other ways to have fun and like working harder to get more enjoyment out of life. It's the only time I've got a bit funny with someone, because they accused me of being boring...which is completely irrelevant to anything drinkings/drugs related and just a straight attack of my personality and intelligence.
But one thing now I do not understand is, why it has become such the norm for all young people to be going out and getting fucked out of their minds. Every time I walk home from work in the evenings, I'm horrified at all the people my age, shouting, fighting, threatening, pissing, puking in our streets. How can people continue to abuse their bodies like that? I know not everyone is like that and have no problems with sensible drinkers...but I find it extremely tough sometimes to sit on the fence and continue to observe it all without wanting to speak up. Maybe I'm getting a little too passionate about this now, I dont know. I guess my faith in common sense/decency we should have for ourselves has gone misplaced...
@ESJ/marks, thats some heavy shit man. I can agree on more than enough points you made though.You know its going too far if other peoples feelings are getting tangled up in your own mess.
And yeah, true, I chose this lifestyle because I believe deep down, it is the right choice for me. I'm liberal anyways, so I respect other peoples choices and opinions if they give me the same level of respect regardless. As long as you believe you are gaining satisfaction on your preferred walk of life, its all cool.
note: I'm possibly a little surprised by the amount of people on here so far who are non/low drinkers/smokers