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[NSC] Giving up the Booze (Joe Wilkinson)





















BLOCK F

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Feb 26, 2009
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I sometimes wonder why people make such a fuss of giving up alcohol. Just my own view and not meant as a criticism.
Probably because it isn’t always an easy thing to do and some people gain strength and encouragement from hearing and talking to other people about their own experiences.
I don’t speak from my own experience, but one or two people close to me have experienced problems with the booze.
 




Neville's Breakfast

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May 1, 2016
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Oxton, Birkenhead
Probably because it isn’t always an easy thing to do and some people gain strength and encouragement from hearing and talking to other people about their own experiences.
I don’t speak from my own experience, but one or two people close to me have experienced problems with the booze.
I wonder if it depends what you use it for. I never needed it for confidence or anything else to do with the psyche so all I needed to do was replace the taste and that’s easily done.
 




Greg Bobkin

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May 22, 2012
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I sometimes wonder why people make such a fuss of giving up alcohol. Just my own view and not meant as a criticism.
On the contrary, I wonder why people make such a fuss about people who don't drink alcohol.

I haven't had an alcoholic drink since December 2020, but at almost every social/work function I go it, it seems to be a talking point with the classic 'So, WHY don't you drink?' I was on a trip the other week and the CEO of a car manufacturer who was on my table at dinner couldn't comprehend the notion of someone not taking alcohol with a meal. It was a bit bonkers!

It's never something I bring up, personally :shrug:
 
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ConfusedGloryHunter

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Jul 6, 2011
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I sometimes wonder why people make such a fuss of giving up alcohol. Just my own view and not meant as a criticism.
It is more often the people who have not given up who make the fuss. Some peer groups still react badly to one of their number declining a drink. Same kind of thing kicks in whenever a person stands out from the crowd, like refusing to do a line or not laughing at a racist joke - regardless of the rightness or wrongness of the deviating individual, it can still unsettle a group. Drinkers around a non drinking person fall into the common pattern of trying to persuade them to have "just the one", "one won't hurt", "you driving?", "how about a short if you don't want a beer", etc. Eventually the non drinker is forced to explain their behaviour and often afterwards has to defend their reason. Logically it should be the drinkers explaining why they are drinking of course but that would really ruin the night! :)
 




sparkie

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Jul 17, 2003
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Dry January was forced on me by lack of finances. February looking pretty arid as well - but hopefully not totally dry.
 




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Neville's Breakfast

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On the contrary, I wonder why people make such a fuss about people who don't drink alcohol.

I haven't had an alcoholic drink since December 2020, but at almost every social/work function I go it, it seems to be a talking point with the classic 'So, WHY don't you drink?' I was on a trip the other week and the CEO of a car manufacturer who was on my table at dinner couldn't comprehend the notion of someone not taking alcohol with a meal. It was a bit bonkers!

It's never something I bring up, personally :shrug:
Yeah, I think I was kind of saying the same thing ie it’s really no big deal and yet some people seem to see it as life changing.
 


Neville's Breakfast

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May 1, 2016
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Oxton, Birkenhead
It is more often the people who have not given up who make the fuss. Some peer groups still react badly to one of their number declining a drink. Same kind of thing kicks in whenever a person stands out from the crowd, like refusing to do a line or not laughing at a racist joke - regardless of the rightness or wrongness of the deviating individual, it can still unsettle a group. Drinkers around a non drinking person fall into the common pattern of trying to persuade them to have "just the one", "one won't hurt", "you driving?", "how about a short if you don't want a beer", etc. Eventually the non drinker is forced to explain their behaviour and often afterwards has to defend their reason. Logically it should be the drinkers explaining why they are drinking of course but that would really ruin the night! :)
I can imagine that must be a bit irritating having to put up with that. I suppose I am lucky that people know I don’t drink and respect my decision.
 


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