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 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I know, maybe I should have titled it 15-30, which is when many of us first try out the demon drink.
I started with me school mates, aged around 15/16, when our local pub would allow us to sit in there and imbibe.
I started out on Bitter, which changed to Golden (half bitter/half lager as a pint) and then that just became Lager.
I very rarely drank shorts as a late teen or early twenty-en (a bad night drinking Pernod still, to this day, has me nearly vomming just at the smell of it).
Like many, I had many a rowdy night and on some occasions, drank myself into oblivion (with my mates, of course).
I can't remember the amount of times I would declare 'never again' the next morning (afternoon?) only to repeat the trick the following weekend.
But my drinking habits have certainly changed over the years.
Partly because I finally made good on my promises after all those heavy heads.
Also to stop any long term damage to my body (I'm 55 now but still play football each week - pre-lockdown - with lads, some almost half my age).
And also because life gets in the way and you slow down just because.
While I still enjoy the occasional binge day out with various groups of mates and at weddings/birthdays etc - pre-lockdown - my main drinking habit now is a lager or two, followed by a nice whisky liqueur (Benedictine...Glayva) on the rocks, when winding down with my Good Lady watching TV, late evening.
I hated the taste of beer in my early days, and did it mainly to have a laugh with me mates and to grow the Dutch courage to talk to girls/copp-off.
But nothing tastes nicer now than an ice cold lager on a sunny day in town or on holiday.
And the liqueur's are divine.
I never did acquire the taste for wine though...tastes like vinegar to me (I do love Port and Sherry though and will often take them with some crackers and cheese...sometimes in my study).
So, what's your habit and how has it changed, if at all?

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

My drinking habits haven't changed much at all from my late teenage years through to my late 40s. Beer, JD, occasionally some wine but rarely shots. Mostly just at weekends and somewhat more than the "recommended" levels. This could be a topic for the Cheers threadwink

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I used to have 2 glasses of red wine a week, id love one with a meal. Never really liked beer or shorts.
But now it creaks my joints and gives me instant migraine next day. In a way, maybe no bad thing.
Ive seen too many mates who start out home drinking, get pissed more n more frequently but then if they carry it on into their 40s n 50s, insisting all is fine, eventually it takes toll on skin, liver, health and their body fights back one day.
Ive got 2 mates who binged and now cant touch another drop or they'll die, and 3 friends who have already gone early - 53, 56 and 67.
Dont get me wrong, im not the London temperance union, a few beers or wine to relax is fine. Its the excess thats the problem and irreversible long term damage.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

When we posties worked six days a week I/ we didn't have any. This was because on Sunday I picked up my my niece ( for the last 15 years ,anyway). And therefore Saturday night was no no. Now that we have a day off in the week it's a bottle of whisky, between three. Not always every week but close. As my parents get older whether they are going to fall over and hurt themselves is beginning to out weigh the pleasures of booze. We haven't had any for a couple of months, coz my mum had cataract operation. So If she's going to fall, I want her to see what she's doing. There's even an open half bottle waiting to be finished, on the sideboard.

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Ray winstone talked about scotch in an interview.
He now only drinks vodka coz he says scotch is firewater! As a younger man he would drink it and get belligerent n wanna fight everyone!!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

I used to drink vodka. I now use it to wash my hands during this pandemic. It's better than some sanitisers and if you get the urge, you can lick the back of your hand and no one knows. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

Never drank in my greener days. Kev can attest to my chugging-down Coca-Cola at the pub on my visits to Liverpool while he and my other Goldsmith Society mates imbibed copious pints!

That said, in the intervening years I've acquired a taste for champagne. Caviar too for that matter, though I rarely indulge in either. Still not big on wine, a tiny sip of beer put me off it for good, and have no interest in the harder stuff.

Hoping another friend or relative will get married soon so I can have some more champagne.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Haha...you must have had fantastic willpower Paul, to avoid hitting the drink whilst having to put up with all us Scousers getting blasted and talking drunken gibberish, even if it was soundtrack laced wink
I tip my hat to you Sir.
Based on your current tastes (Champagne & Caviar) it sounds like you have become a bit of a Hooray Henry smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

The thing about being younger is that I never had a hangover. The last time I got drunk was at a friends sons wedding about 20 years ago (I made a fool of myself & felt ill for several days), never again. I do drink most days, but after a couple of glasses of wine, or a slug of bourbon I've had enough. Red wine or bourbon, that's all I drink these days, I never really did like beer. I was supposed to start this year with three months of no alcohol, but with the strange days we're living through, I only lasted two weeks. I do really enjoy a glass of wine.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2021 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Alcohol is a creeping seduction, that is what young people do not understand. By the time you realize you cannot quit it, that you "need it" it is already too late. The best practice is to drink, at most, every other day, and I have practiced weekend only drinking for a while, the only exception is for Christmas, Thanksgiving. The drink has a grip that you do not realize until later. I do not drink mixed or 80 proof, only red wine. There is at least some health benefit to it. But yes, the wine has a comforting delight that can succor you into it's prison den quite easily as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2021 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Gotta put all my cards on the table here, no fannying around. I'm still a pisspot. I'll admit that I'm slowing down now that I'm reaching 60, but that's because I just can't take the pace anymore. I haven't fallen down drunk for about twenty years ("Falling-down drunk, ha ha" - Paul Scofield and Burt Lancaster in SCORPIO), and I rarely get a hangover now, but drinking is still an important part of my life, especially when visiting friends who I haven't seen in months or sometimes years. All of my lasting friendships at university were built around boozing. Everyone in that crowd is still going strong and it's a delight to see them every couple of years. Few of us will see 70. Because of the bleedin' pandemic I've been unable to continue drinking socially with friends, and so I sometimes drown my sorrows at home with a good film and great music. It's not a bad life.

So that's it. Still a pisspot.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2021 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

A few years back we had our usual bottle whisky between three. I feel asleep, mum went.to bed. When I woke up my dad was was lying face.down in front of the telly. Ir sobered me up, immediately! Turns out he's he'd decided to have a third of a bottle of brandy!! That's why I'm in charge of pouring. I can still say ' f**k off you've had enough'.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2021 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Ha, I'm sitting here waiting for Amazon to deliver two bottles of Knob Creek bourbon. It was on offer on Friday, which was too good to pass up. They can join a cupboard full of bourbon I have, but it's not like it goes off, all those bottles can stay in there for years, but they probably won't smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2021 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

We've got about six bottles of brandy that were given as present on various occasions. We don't really drink brandy.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2021 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Quantity-wise, it hasn't really changed much. But there are some other differences. One is that a hangover only lasted about day in my youth, but now it lasts 3 days. Sometimes even longer. Still feeling Friday's Zoom binge, for example. Another difference is that I don't go to the disco, or out on the town as much as I did 15 years ago. The mid 2000s was my 'glory period'. I was on TV, I had success professionally, I was in great shape, I had endless party stamina, I had a pretty good success rate as far as picking up girls. Etc. etc. The opposite is true these days, for all of those things.

If you read the first few pages of the 20-year-old "Cheers" thread, you'll get a glimpse into some of this life.

Then there's my beer passion, which really only kicked in some 10 years ago. That has also had some influence; I'm more into the taste of things rather than just chugging down pints. At least up to a certain point.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2021 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Haven’t had a drink, or any kind of drug for that matter, in well over 35 years. Reached the point where I realized it wasn’t good for me, and have stayed sober one day at a time ever since.

No regrets. Best thing I ever did.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 2:25 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

I drink lots of stuff... water, coffee, tea, coca-cola, beer, wine, whisky, rum, tequila, hot chocolate, orange juice, and plenty of other stuff,... whenever I want and however much I want. Varies though how much that actually is.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 2:45 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

I've never done any illegal drugs, & I was a teenager through the sixties, I just never fancied them. My main drink is coffee, I must drink about 15 mugs a day (but milky instant coffee). I don't think I would want to go without alcohol, but all things in moderation. I did have a blood test a few weeks ago (I used to have type 2 diabetes & I still have a blood test every year) & as I've been drinking every day (but just a glass or two of wine or a shot of bourbon) I wondered if the test would show it up, but happily all was normal, liver, kidneys ect.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

From underage to about 20 (back in '81), I used to go to town, and believe me Barnsley was a hoot in the late 70s. Pubs packed with girls, and I drank to get drunk. Every Friday or Saturday night. The hangovers! Dreadful. And the beer was bog standard John Smiths, and the odd lager. One night we decided to drink whiskey everywhere. Boy was I ill.

I will say at this stage I've never been able to get more than six or seven pints down without being ill. Hugging the toilet pot. As I got older I was grateful to my apparent body's intolerance of too much. Because I've never been 'legless'. Seen kids thrown into the back of a van because they couldn't stand up. This is where I theorise that my own skinny body managed to keep me on the straight and narrow. It knew when to tell me "that's enough mate" and simply rejected the excess. But hah, the recklessness of youth. And nightclubs...

But I went to Canada in '79 and was handed a book by my brother-in-law. Beer and Skittles. Told me all about 'real ale'. A revelation. From that point on I did drink for taste, even if I still got a little drunk occasionally after. But I purposely started hanging out with a mate who was tee total, knowing he wouldn't encourage me, and going instead to a local village's two pubs that were quiet. I could there enjoy a few beers, conversation, and talk films, tv and film music.

Never looked back after that.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

I could there enjoy a few beers, conversation, and talk films, tv and film music.

Never looked back after that.

You mean you really had a friend you could talk film music to and In public too! big grin

 
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