September 19th, 2005

planet

drinking poll!

It's monday morning, a time when most people are not thinking about alcohol, but I am because today I've officially made it two weeks without drinking. I hung out with a lot of drinking people. Was severely tempted to drink... brought a bottle of wine to a dinner party, for example, and didn't get to try my own wine. Ate a wonderful hamburger at a bar that would have gone great with a beer, but had ice tea instead. But for two weeks, there wasn't any weird drama, I didn't have to worry about getting my car home, and I still had fun, sang karaoke, played with my friends.

I'm still making it a goal to not get drunk. Obviously there are occasions, like mikey's halloween party at the end of the month, that demand it, but for just general time out with friends I'll have a one drink maximum.

Sobriety was a good experience for me. So with that...

Poll #573290 Drinking Poll

Are you old enough to legally drink?

Yes
126(76.4%)
No
39(23.6%)

How many times per month, on average, do you drink alcohol?

I don't drink
41(24.6%)
0-1
37(22.2%)
2-4
50(29.9%)
5-10
22(13.2%)
10-20
11(6.6%)
20+
6(3.6%)

How many times per month, on average, do you get drunk?

I don't get drunk
86(51.5%)
0-1
55(32.9%)
2-4
19(11.4%)
5-10
5(3.0%)
10-20
1(0.6%)
20+
1(0.6%)

If you don't drink, why not?

I just don't like alcohol
19(28.8%)
I can't afford it
3(4.5%)
Medical reasons
7(10.6%)
Moral or religious reasons
6(9.1%)
It gets me into trouble
4(6.1%)

If you do drink, why?

I like the taste
18(15.5%)
It's a social thing
19(16.4%)
To cope with my issues
1(0.9%)
It's fun to get drunk
3(2.6%)

Kinds of alcohol you like:

Beer
2(1.5%)
Wine (real wine, not arbor mist, you trash)
1(0.7%)
Fake wine (I'd put white zin in this category)
0(0.0%)
Straight hard stuff (vodka, whiskey, rum, whatever)
3(2.2%)
Martinis (the real ones, not fru-fru cosmos)
0(0.0%)
Mixed drinks
11(8.1%)
Margaritas (these just deserve their own category!)
0(0.0%)
Whatever you're buying me, spacefem
5(3.7%)

Has alcohol ever caused you to...

Do something you regret
2(1.7%)
Get sick
3(2.5%)
Be hung over
3(2.5%)
Do something you later don't recall doing
1(0.8%)
Do something you normally wouldn't (good)
6(5.0%)
Do something you normally wouldn't (bad)
2(1.7%)
Drunk dial
0(0.0%)
Drunk instant message
2(1.7%)
Drunk livejournal (wow)
0(0.0%)

Who do you drink with?

Friends
31(23.0%)
Family
2(1.5%)
Neighbors
0(0.0%)
Coworkers
0(0.0%)
Random people in bars
0(0.0%)
Myself, all alone
3(2.2%)
People I live with
0(0.0%)
High-ranking government officials
0(0.0%)