How often do you get drunk?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jeevo, Dec 15, 2012.


How often do you drink to get drunk?

  1. All the time or close to it.

    58 vote(s)
  2. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

    319 vote(s)
  3. Rarely or never.

    447 vote(s)
  1. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2012 Kentucky

    I get drunk often. I think a lot more people here do than are admitting it. Like previously stated, "drunk" does not have to mean "throwing up." I almost never throw up. Part of this is due to tolerance, and most of it is due to knowing how to drink. If you know you'll be in a beer-heavy environment that evening, hydrate yourself heavily all day and then heavily after you're done.
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  2. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Zealot (586) Sep 16, 2010 Ohio
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    It would be harder to answer how many times I am sober ,

    J/K , I am a veteran beer drinker with a high tolerance and can put down quite a few .. When my speech begins to slur I start to slow down..
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  3. supermodified

    supermodified Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Ohio

    I don't intend to get drunk, but sometimes a two-beer combination consumed in rapid succession will do me in. For example, I have discovered that a Southern Tier Unearthly and a Flying Dog Double Dog Pale Ale will push me over the edge and give me the spins.
  4. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,572) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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    Rarely ever. Which isn't enough! I drink a beer about three times a week after work.
  5. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Zealot (595) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana
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    Maybe three times a month on average. I am saying that based off of being legal to drive compared to how I actually feel.
  6. loony4lambic

    loony4lambic Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2012 California

    Drink Every Day, Usually get Buzzed. DRUNK? Not so often, but a few times a month.
  7. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    I agree. Many craft beer drinkers (not saying necessarily the people on this site) are former liquor and BMC binge drinkers/party drinkers who somehow stumbled across craft. (like myself) . Very tough to convert from a binge drinker to a drinker who drinks for taste without the affects of alcohol.

    But even the ones who didn't get drunk frequently before trying craft, like I mentioned in one of my posts, its hard to imagine that people who are that into high abv beer almost never get drunk.
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  8. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2012 Kentucky

    "Intoxication is for plebeians. Excuse me whilst I adjust my monocle."
  9. TicoCali

    TicoCali Disciple (346) Jul 25, 2010 California

    My bday
    Wifes bday
    New Years

    I hate being drunk to be honest. I average around 5-7 beers a week but most of those cone in Saturday and sunday.
  10. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Haha.. Let's not judge anyone though. Not everyone feels the need the get drunk like you and I.
  11. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2012 Kentucky

    I only do PCP once in a while though.
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  12. Brewin_Bruin

    Brewin_Bruin Initiate (0) May 29, 2012 California

    Even the so called "Session" beers at my local gastropub start at 6% ABV. It's hard not to get a heat on.
  13. wvsabbath

    wvsabbath Meyvn (1,396) Apr 29, 2010 West Virginia
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    I got drunk once this year, at a beer fest, my stupidity, way too many good beers, acted like a rookie. I try to never get drunk, once i feel that buzz kicking it, i usually eat something. I think that drinking craft beer is a finer pleasure in life,meant to be enjoyed in moderation. You typically dont see people gathering and chugging down fine wines, or smoking multiple cigars right after each other. Onc you get drunk, your not able to enjoy the everything a fine craft beer has to offer, then you are missing the point, might as well grab some budweiser then.
  14. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    I won't get into my former drug use. :grimacing:
  15. FATC1TY

    FATC1TY Moderator (1,229) Feb 12, 2012 Georgia
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    Drunk to me, is when I can feel the effects, but I'm still able to walk, and function and everything..

    One might call that... buzzed. Enough not to give a damn. I might do that once a week or so. Hardly ever do I get to the point I'm hungover, or feeling like shit in the morning.. Throwing up all that nasty shit.
  16. Feel_the_Darkness

    Feel_the_Darkness Disciple (313) Oct 17, 2012 Virginia

    I don't get drunk, I simply enhance my personality.
  17. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Yea its hard to differentiate drunk and buzzed. Also people might have different ideas about what "drunk" is as you pointed out. Drunk doesn't necessarily mean being completely out of control, breaking things passed out in a pool of your own vomit. There are levels. I get drunk and/or buzzed often, but I don't get completely obliterated every time out.
  18. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (1,901) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    When you only have one or two beers a day (and that does not mean two Bourbon County bombers), it is very easy to stay sober. Plus I have three little girls, so I can't get drunk.
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  19. awinter20

    awinter20 Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2011 Wisconsin

  20. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Disciple (335) Dec 19, 2010 Colorado
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    I would say probably once every few weeks! Don't always aim to go there, but it just happens. Many times because of other factors such as how much I've ate, slept, worked, etc. I think many people say they don't because it's a self esteem thing, but I'm not buying it. For example, an event like GABF. It's 4 hours long, with drinking small 2 ounce tasters with beers they may average 7-8% abv at least. It's very difficult for me not to get drunk, EVENTUALLY. Hell I'm like a kid in a candy store there, Black Tuesday, Sexual Chocolate, KBS, all the beers under the sun, you get the point. In college it was more of a once or twice a week. But as someone said earlier too, hard to differentiate being buzzed and/or drunk. Later, I'm off to a taster and it's going to be hard not to get at least my 'buzz' on :slight_smile:
  21. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    That's another thing. You clearly have way more responsibility than I do. Raising children is very demanding.
  22. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (414) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    I get drunk probably once a month, and that is almost always in a social situation. I get a buzz maybe once a week to 2 weeks. And thats usually if I decide to down a bomber at home and it happens to be a high ABV. Or if I have a 12 oz and one happens to be BCBS- cant help that though :slight_smile:
  23. awinter20

    awinter20 Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2011 Wisconsin

    3 to 4 times a week that is. If I drink onenight i usually don't drink the following day until I'm sober. Then repeat. If I go 3 days without drinking, and then drink drink again after break...i am an amazing person. Just sayin
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  24. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    3-4 times a year probably these days.
  25. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Zealot (509) Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    I stay sober usually 1-2 nights per week. Other than that, I pretty much get to at least the illegal limit of driving. Doesn't mean falling over or getting sick or feeling like shit the next day. I call it feeling nice...

    Also, I'm painfully quiet and shy especially around anyone I don't know and can't stand it when people point it out, so I tend to have a couple early in the evening during social situations. Call that alcohol abuse if you want...I call it ... I don't know, something else.
  26. fx20736

    fx20736 Meyvn (1,017) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    If you mean falling down, throwing up and passing out then not in decades.
    If you mean tipsy, beyond the legal limit and brain is kind of foggy then maybe once a month
    if you mean relaxed and mellow with a mild buzz then every day.
  27. celfan

    celfan Disciple (327) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    if there was a lie detector machine in this thread, it would be burning up.
  28. udubdawg

    udubdawg Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2006 Kansas

    NHC Club Night is pretty much a given, and sometimes the Thursday of GABF. And maybe when I host the occasional - yearly or so - massive tasting.

  29. zac16125

    zac16125 Poo-Bah (1,787) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    I tend to agree with this. Even if you are only drinking "1-2 beers", if they are the same type of beers I am drinking they are going to have at least some impact on mental state. I tend to like big beers, DIPAs, IS, Barleywines, old ales , etc. One 750mL bomber of a beer with 10%, 12%, even 15% or more is going to have at least some impact on you. I think people just have differentn definitions of the words buzzed and drunk. A 12% bomber, drank over an hour is approximately the equivalent to drinking a 6 pack of standard beer in an hour. Whats that put your BAC at, somewhere in the area of .150? If you have a .150 BAC and feel NOTHING then you have been a heavy drinker for quite some time.
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  30. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Initiate (195) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana
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    Usually don't get beyond buzzed. Not worth the toll on your body. I'll try to keep buzzed to once a week. Haven't been drinking nearly as much as i would like since i'm kind of broke at the moment. So having a bomber once a week is better than having 2 or 3 a night on my wallet and on my body.
  31. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    Lies. All lies....
  32. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    Have to admit that my tolerance is pretty high these days...once in a while I think, "yeah, i wanna get drunk tonight"...what usually happens is I open a bottle or two from the cellar and decide, well that will do tonight, off to bed or at least sip on an imperial stout for dessert and wind down.

    However, if I find myself out at a bar with friends until all hours of the night, sooner or later, I get intoxicated...
  33. Optifron

    Optifron Initiate (91) Aug 17, 2012 Minnesota

    Winter ruins this statistic for me. A couple Barleywines/Imperial Stouts/stupid high ABV beers that are all over come winter, and I won't drive, which I guess means drunk. That situation is probably twice a week this time of year. Don't remember the last time I was stumbling/slurring/blackout drunk though.

    EDIT: Of course, I could curb this situation by drinking slower, but they're so damn good, I look down and they're gone!
  34. mymasterpiece75

    mymasterpiece75 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2010 Texas

    I enjoy beers 1-2 times/week.

    I usually fall asleep on the couch watching the teevee before getting truly drunk. All I drink is beer. Red wine on occasion, with a good steak, perhaps. No spirits. And if there were no alcohol in beer, I'd happily drink it for the flavors.

    Yes, I have more than the Surgeon General recommends when I drink, but, the way I see it, I choose to indulge more for quality of life. Much the way I'll enjoy a cheeseburger a few times a month, even though red meat isn't recommended.


    EDIT: I'd also add that I work out 4-5 times/week and eat healthily, except on the weekends. For me, it's about balance.
  35. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    I appreciate your candor...and your not feeling the need to rationalize your behavior/choices by calling everyone else liars who may answer differently. That said...I would strongly urge you to work on the feeling that drinking needs to be preceded by the expectation to get drunk or buzzed. If I misread your statements...I apologize.

    In addition...just as you have a hard time comprehending how someone into beer regularly might almost never get drunk...I have a hard time comprehending how someone who drinks regularly would not avoid becoming impaired and just enjoy the drink. Again; not judging, as you were not. Just a different mindset, I guess.

    My answer: Have not been drunk for over 25 years. I imagine that is longer than some here have lived. With a business, wife, kids, home, investments.....I have long passed that time when inebriation was an option. I'll have 2-3 beers a day and function just fine. I enjoy the hobby for what it is.

    Cheers to you!
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  36. xraided81

    xraided81 Aspirant (285) Jan 9, 2008 California
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    I would say once per week, on the weekend unless I'm working that weekend I will indulge on tues at my local watering hole? Does blacking out = getting drunk? I usually black out towards the end of special occoasion drinking nights, I usually don't do/ say anything stupid its just kind of hard keeping everything together after drinking for about 8-12 hours specially after beer fests,
    Ie. AFter Stone Vertical Epic Fest, heading to Lost Abbey and waking up next morning realizing you just bought the
    Lost Abbey ultimate box set for $450, priceless!
  37. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Im there now. after a tour of the 3 Durham breweries, nothing else is expected. I had 3 beers at Triangle. 2 at Fullsteam, and a flight at Bull City.
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  38. bdub32689

    bdub32689 Initiate (0) May 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    1 st question I ask myself is, will I be driving. I tend to play it pretty cautious, if out at a dinner two drink max.

    Craft beer helped me learn not all drinks are created equal so I do pay attention to abv.

    This is a harder question to answer then I thought because Im pretty well mannered and in control even after a fair amount vs some of my friends that have had the same amount yet act more clumsily or have drastic personality changes. Another reason its hard to judge is sitting on the couch watching tv for the night with alot of beers makes it harder to know how much your coordination has been effected then if you were at party weaving in and out of people and talking.

    Im sure others have had the experience drinking with the guys byob and your on you second beer and your friend who has had 5 is like come on finnish your beer. And Im just thinking I just had a Midas Touch and am finishing a BCBS im no genius but 5 BL's compared to a MT and BCBS abv wise we are about the same, and this BCBS isnt as easy drinking. I could really care less about keeping up beer count wise anyway but im not really sitting here nursing it.
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  39. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Initiate (0) Jun 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Depends on how often my girlfriend tells me I need to make room in the fridge.
  40. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    Birthday. Weddings. And concerts.
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