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Sep 04, 2019 08:42:52

Toward Alcohol Abstinence

by @basilesamel PATRON | 379 words | 330πŸ”₯ | 372πŸ’Œ

Basile Samel

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My student days are gone. Boozing isn't as fun as it used to be. I'm barely drinking alcohol anymore. 

The exhilarating thing about alcohol is the social experience, how it changes your perception of reality. You are still you, but your brain acts differently. This dissociation scares most people because they don't like this apparent loss of control, or as Tom Waits puts it, reality is just a crutch for people who can't handle drugs. I'm a hacker at heart, it fascinates me. 

People who drink have a tendency for self-deprecating humor, which I adore because it's a sign of strength, self-confidence, and easy-going nature. I don't think I could trust someone who never tried drinking once, except if it's because of religious beliefs. 

I come from France. Drinking is part of our culture. Not drinking can appear as odd. I was less than 10 when I tasted wine for the first time. I like it from time to time, but overall, I'm not a regular consumer, which begs the question of quitting alcohol altogether.

The first problem I have with alcohol is the industry, which is among the worst industries on Earth along with the tobacco industry. I don't want to give money to these people. I don't mind buying some wine or some beer from a local establishment, but I absolutely hate buying from generic brands in bars and supermarkets.

My second concern is about the costs of consuming alcohol. People spend an incredible amount of money in booze, which is not only bad for your health and your purse, but also for your ability to think and grow. Some alcohols have health benefits in small quantities, but we drink way too much, which ends up being counter-productive.

Alcohol probably has some virtues. It used to be a way to communicate with gods, to celebrate spiritual events, to bright up social gatherings and get people closer together. Nowadays, it's mostly about escapism. I can't tell people what to do, but I can act. 

Maybe I'm just getting old and boring, but I look forward to the day where I'll bring my tea bags to parties.

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    @basilesamel it’s today! I had a friend who was the life of the party because he had learnt to sling mocktails!

    Lex Tan avatar Lex Tan | Sep 06, 2019 18:37:52
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      @lexc looks like slavery, interesting! :'D

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Sep 06, 2019 13:05:36
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    @basilesamel I'm with you on this one. Drinking is a young person's game. The benefits are far outweighed by the costs in my view. Factoid from the upcoming book: Consuming alcohol is one of the most effective ways to suppress REM sleep, which is no bueno.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Sep 05, 2019 12:40:06
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      @brandonwilson Makes sense! So that's why we feel even more tired after a night out spent drinking.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Sep 06, 2019 11:42:51
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    @basilesamel *high five! let's be old and boring together haha.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Sep 04, 2019 20:18:49
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      @jasonleow hell yeah :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Sep 04, 2019 19:32:37
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    @basilesamel - sometimes a cold beer helps spicy Indian food go down nicely. But I never could abide going out for a night of drinking at $12 / drink

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Sep 04, 2019 01:29:52
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      @basilesamel @brianball

      What about $30 for all you can drink buffet of supermarket beer?

      Baz how much you drink these days on average per week?

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Sep 04, 2019 14:09:57
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      @basilesamel @abrahamKim - even at $12 / per ( $30 would be enough for me )

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Sep 04, 2019 07:52:20
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      @brianball @abrahamKim almost nothing, just drinking with friends when we have a reunion :) wine when I'm in France since it goes with the meal

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Sep 04, 2019 19:33:41
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