recent scientific evidence also suggests that small amounts of alcohol daily reduce the likelihood of atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke. '
Like I said before, the benefits of wine can be obtained from eating grapes. You can have those health benefits in a myriad of other ways. And I when I ask someone why they are drinking, the answer is never “to reduce my risk of atherosclerosis”.
also, the moderation they are talking about is 4 to 8 ounces daily. more than that and you start reaping the negative side effects. a pint is already 16 ounces. and how many people stop at one pint?
all the dangers are based on you necking one beer after another until you cant stand.
yes, because that is the way most people who drink do it. Most people are not moderate like you are. You are making the mistake of thinking everyone practices the same habits you do.
my one major experience of american culture (one god awful month is fort worth and local area, though nyc last year was great) left me with the impression that it is really a culture of extremes. on the one hand you have religious zealots preaching that you will go to hell if you have sex before marriage,
extremism becomes a problem when you try to push it on someone else. I have never tried to recruit anybody to my habits (like you are trying to get people to switch to yours). They make that decision for themselves. And only in a world so saturated with alcohol and drugs can straight edge be considered an “extremist” lifestyle.
all im really saying is that closing yourself off to any alcohol isnt going to stop people abusing it
and being vegan doesn’t really stop other people from eating meat. So why don’t you just join them too and start eating meat. In moderation, of course.
rather than saying 'ill never drink alcohol', an apporach of 'ill have a drink with you, only if you dont get drunk'
man, does it really bother you that much to be around someone who doesn’t drink? I can be the only person in the room not drinking, and it doesn’t bother me at all. Why does it bother you if some guy isn’t sharing your habits. Can you not drink alone? If not, maybe you should re-evaluate the reasons behind your drinking.
abstaining from it doesnt benefit you
That is a ridiculous comment. As has already been established not drinking has lots of benefits. The only benefits you can source from drinking is the same ones you can obtain from other sources that don’t carry the side effects of alcohol.
you deny yourself a world of opportunity as regards exploring different wines, ales and beers.
Honestly, you are starting to sound ridiculous. Your making alcohol out to be the greatest thing in the world. And if we don’t drink we are missing out on the glorious thing. What opportunities are we really missing? There are other ways to have a good time. Some people feel the need for a few depressants to relax. But I don’t need it to loosen up and drop my inhibitions. When I get together with my friends we always have a good time and I never drink.
This is the pressure that we are talking about. People perpetuating the feeling that if you don’t drink, something must be wrong with you. “I do it, so you should too. You will like it, just try it.” I feel like I am in high school again. Well I will not be pressured into drinking. I’m not a child. I’m a grown ass man, I know what I like and don’t like.
its fascinating the craft that goes into creating these drinks, and i look forward to exploring them
I am glad you find them fascinating. And I will not attempt to hinder your exploration or change your mind. Why try to change mine?