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April 6th, 2005

Drink Tolerance

I have never been a big drinker.

I think part of the reason is, simply, I didn’t go away to college. Oh sure there was a bar across the street from one of my school’s buildings. And sure, during an evening class break a few friends and I would go over to the bar and come back to class a little… loosened up. But that doesn’t mean I was an alkie.

My tolerance for booze has declined from “pretty darned low” to “pitiful.” A few weeks ago we went to a birthday gathering for a friend at a Mexican restaurant, and I ordered a Margarita. Now – note that I was the driver – I only had about a third of a small one. It was still a good amount, but a third? That was all I needed.

I can make my way through one beer (bottle or can) but a second one is pretty unlikely. There was one New Year’s party I went to about, ah, four years ago where my goal was to get a little wasted. I gave up after two beers. I just couldn’t do it.

How has your tolerance changed?

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday April 6, 2005 -- 7:27:04 am
The second beer usually puts me bed these days.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday April 6, 2005 -- 8:05:18 am
Now that I'm already in a constant state of fatigue from the daily grind, all alcohol does is push me over the edge of drowsiness. It's just totally different from college where, what did I really do all day but go to class, study, think about girls, worry about grades and then go out at night-- pretty restful actually (now that I know what the real world is like--and I don't even have kids to make it worse) amidst the stress. Now I've got the stress and the grind. A question of tolerance? I don't know. I fall asleep before I can tell if I'm buzzed.

DATE: Wednesday April 6, 2005 -- 1:59:19 pm
I dont drink, i had a half beer once and felt pretty fine.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday April 6, 2005 -- 4:36:35 pm
The most I've ever really had to drink is 3 beers. I felt ok, but started to feel like I was on some medicine with drowsy side effects. I've never been drunk and never plan on being drunk.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday April 6, 2005 -- 8:40:05 pm
I'm a super lightweight. I've only ever felt "the buzz" once and that was after one glass of wine.

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday April 6, 2005 -- 9:21:24 pm
Wow, you all make me look like the big partier. Actually, that's what I was in college. It was mandatory at Penn State. I am physically small (think Winona Ryder without the shoplifting habit) and used to down three beers consistently. Never got drunk from it, paced myself, and swore that if I had a McShake afterwards I would not get hungover.

All these years later, the appeal of drinking is gone, and I used to enjoy a glass of wine now and then. Then without warning, last summer, my body decided that it can no longer process it! Seriously, it happened overnight, and if I have any alcohol, I will get horrifically ill. No big deal; I can still eat all the chocolate I can stuff in my face, so life is good.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 7, 2005 -- 4:56:40 am
I used to be a moderate drinker from 17 to about 21. Health problems, particularly stomach problems, helped me swear off alcohol permanently. I'm better off, really..alcoholism runs in my family.

Now, I'm addicted to Diet Coke with Lime. If it's not one thing, it's another, I guess...

FROM: jess
DATE: Tuesday May 24, 2005 -- 5:06:22 pm
When I was in college you could say I was there for only one reason and it wasn't to attend class. Somehow, someway, I was able to drink into the wee hours of the morning, literally sleep (at most two hours) in the clothes I planned to go to class in and then recreate the same scenario that evening. How I managed to do it is completely beyond me. Nowadays, I have a few beers and I am totally useless for a good 24 hour period following. My two hypotheses are a) my metabolism has slowed considerably since my college years leading to my body not being able to process such alien liquids, and b) although I am still a bit of a partier, I do not think I drink as much as I did in my youth, thus leading to my tolerance becoming lower. Damn aging!! What next, saddlebags????

FROM: big pete
DATE: Tuesday May 24, 2005 -- 6:31:14 pm
you guys are pathetic, im 16 and ive been drinking for 4 years,

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 24, 2005 -- 8:44:13 pm
Congrats! You're well on your way to early alcoholism!

FROM: high tolerance
DATE: Monday July 4, 2005 -- 10:21:54 pm
I have a high tolerance and would really like to save time and money to get crazy drunk.. how do i lower my tolerance

FROM: john
DATE: Wednesday November 16, 2005 -- 6:40:54 pm
yeah most of u guys are pussie how can u fuckin pass out after 2 or 3 beers....most i ever drank in a sitting was 10 or 11 and im 16 and im sexy

FROM: john
DATE: Wednesday November 16, 2005 -- 6:43:52 pm
yeah u guys r pussies im 16 im sexy and most i ever drank in a sitting was 10 or 11 at regular tolerance til i get drunk is like 6...9 im wasted

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday November 16, 2005 -- 10:32:22 pm
Dear high tolerance.

This is something you can do. It's been tested and works. You go without eating all day. Then, you donate blood at the campus blood drive. Then you go out drinking. You'll be way more drunk than usual faster. Two drinks will be enough to put you under.

I used to do this in college to save money. I mean, I barely could afford 75 cent pitchers, so maximizing effect was the order of the day. I'm not proud of it, but I like to share my expertise when asked. I'm pretty much a teetotaler now. I don't even enjoy being buzzed anymore. Must be my old age, I guess.

FROM: gary
DATE: Thursday November 17, 2005 -- 6:20:17 am
I bought a six pack a couple of weeks ago and to date have drank only one..I am out of cookies, though.

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