Do you ever crave being drunk?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TSE, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    So in January I went on a medication where alcohol was absolutely not allowed.

    I was in my sophomore year and almost all of freshman and for the first half of sophomore year drinking on friday, saturday, and sometimes sunday morning was the norm for me. I would never drink alone, but always with friends and going to parties and such.

    I got to tell you, at times, it was tough not drinking but I never did since January!

    I am coming off the medication at the end of June so mid-July I will be able to drink again and I am looking forward to it having some drunk fun with my friends again.

    I think what I missed most wasn't being drunk, but having drunk fun if that makes sense... I don't know!

    Does anyone else besides myself crave being drunk when they are sober? Something about alcohol makes doing stuff so much more fun!
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
  3. heehee macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    Everyday, but this work thing gets in the way.
  4. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I like being drunk as much as the next person, but I could easily go a long period of time without a drop of alcohol if medicine required it. IMO, not being able to is a sign of a drinking problem.
  5. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Absolutely! I crave Friday after work, that first pint of heavy, and malt to wash it down.
  6. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I never crave being drunk, but I do like to catch a buzz on a couple of cocktails occasionally
  7. 0dev macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    Sounds slightly like an addiction. Alcohol is an addictive substance. Although it sounds like your issue is more psychological than physical addiction since you're not having withdrawal symptoms as such, you just have cravings.

    When you come off that medication you should probably slow down with the alcohol a bit anyway. Even psychological addiction can be potentially damaging and can in the case of alcohol, having too much too often can cause physical addiction down the line.
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    His "issue" sounds like he'd like to have fun with his buddies and his "problem" couldn't have been much of a problem if he managed to follow orders and not drink while on Accutane.

    Personally, I've never craved getting drunk. I've never sat down and decided I would get totally hammered. If I did, then I think I would believe I had a problem, but that is just me. I'm a fan of drinking, just not a fan of letting it get in the way of anything.

    Being in college and wanting to participate in college stupidity seems normal to me. Never missing a weekend to get hammered is not normal. There is so much life that you miss out on if you're just drinking all of the time.
  9. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Regarding the OP question: -NO-, although I do really like the taste of beers.

    When I was in high school and first started drinking, I thought "this is good" so I assumed more alcohol would make things even better. Absolutely not, I discovered after picking up two hot babes at a fire house dance, and heading out to the car, my buddy ends up on all 4's puking his guts up and then, when I realized it was too late, tried to lay down and had the room spin. It took me 2 days to recover and after that, the smell of vodka turns my stomach. I was smart enough to know that some alcohol can have positive benefits, but I dislike hard liquor (what I was drinking that night) all I ever want now is the slightest of buzzes. I suspect when they legalize pot, I'll be trying that (again) with the same types of limitations.
  10. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Drunk or buzzed?

    I love having a few beers, maybe getting a buzz on and getting a bit silly. I do that frequently.

    But drunk? As in slurring words and being unable to walk straight? Rarely. I don't like getting full on drunk at all.
  11. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    Getting drunk = Fun.:D
    Being drunk = Not fun.:( I don't find pissing myself or puking all over my clothes that much fun.
    Aftermath of being drunk = I'd rather crawl over broken glass with my fly unzipped. I did so while drunk, or so I've been told.:eek: AND for Pete's sake, hide your keys if you're gonna get drunk.
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    At 47, I have long outgrown the desire or craving to be drunk.
  13. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    In the interest of "calling a spade a spade," I propose we change the title of this thread to "Are you an alcoholic?"
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't drink alcohol and nor do I crave it.

    I'd say to the OP if you're obsessing so much about getting drunk that's generally not a good sign.
  15. Scepticalscribe, Jun 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013

    Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    The longer I am a member of this forum, the more I realise what a vast difference in perspective exists between the US and Europe, in many areas, but, most recently, here, expressed by a strikingly different approach to alcohol. In some ways, it seems to be yet another version of the old idea of two cultures divided by a common language, or maybe, the Atlantic ocean, or perhaps, some weird, warped distortion of a mutual history.

    The OP posted an interesting thread, where that actual original post itself fleshed out a title that seemed to unsettle some US respondents.

    To be honest, I doubt that I would meet many Europeans, myself included, who didn't enjoy - or, even savour - the liberating pleasure of disburdening oneself of the inhibitions socialisation has instilled in us, a process, which alcohol consumed to some slight degree of excess can sometimes afford us, along with the sheer primitive pleasure of drinking too much on occasion, especially (and here, I do nurse some rather fond, and occasionally embarrassing, not to mention downright stupid, memories) when one was a student.

    Indeed, for Europeans, this is not a guilty or furtive matter. Rather, it is something we mostly admit that we enjoyed, and certainly, I'll readily admit to having enjoyed the primitive pleasure of drinking to excess as a student. Age, and employment, between them, (and sometimes, finding oneself a guardian of a new family) usually take care of the frequency of excessive encounters with alcohol. Work requires a degree of sobriety that the student life does not.

    Indeed, I remember waking on a Saturday morning many, many years ago, slowly opening an eye, and contemplating the state of my head, only to realise that I didn't have a hangover, for the very good reason that I had not been out socialising on the night before. My next recollection is the shattering relief the realisation this revelation brought with it. And my very next thought was a rueful acknowledgement that the relief of waking up, unhungover, was a considerably better place to be than the alternative. It is called, ageing, or growing up, or growing old[er], and perhaps (a debatable one, this) more mature, too.

    Nevertheless, the unsettling truth is that getting cheerfully plastered in good company when relaxed is jolly good fun, and some of the best evenings of my youth were spent in this manner. It wasn't all Mozart and books, and angst, you know.

    Now, reading this thread, I must confess to feeling a slight degree of amusement at the disapproving tone towards the OP and his post, when what I read was a desire to share the pleasure of student style high spirits fuelled by an alcohol intake, rather than a rhetorical question seeking a response as to whether or not he was (or is) a raving alcoholic.

    And then, I remind myself, that uniquely in the western world (though not, alas, in parts of the Muslim universe), the US actually had the ignoble privilege of having enacted and enforced a ban against the production, sale and consumption of alcohol. Not, by a long way, the most enlightened or impressive piece of legislation to wind its merry way through the Houses of Congress, I would respectfully submit. Prohibition did more damage than good to the US, but it has also left a lingering legacy of - almost Puritanical - disapproval when and where the subject matter of alcohol is discussed. This is something which mystifies us Across the Pond, because sipping a glass or two of good wine (or beer, or cognac, or even whiskey) with friends is one of life's great pleasures. And, if while thus happily engaged, one starts slurring vowels, and mangling consonants, and repeating oneself at tedious length (because you know, deep down, that your interlocutor has inexplicably failed to grasp the point you have tried to make at least six times), well, that is part of life's rich fabric, along with the nights of crying with laughter in good company.....
  16. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA

    Not to oversimplify a more complex issue...but if you are concerned about your alcohol use, there probably a good reason for that.
  17. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I don't drink anymore and have no desire to, or to get drunk.

    I drank while I was in the service and every time I ended up drunk I hated it. I didn't like not being in control of my senses or my body and I especially didn't like the hangover. I much prefer being sober at all times.
  18. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

    Feb 8, 2007
    Mesa, AZ
    I know exactly how you feel. I don't consider myself an alcoholic really; I NEVER drink during the week, I don't drink alone, I have never felt that I need alcohol to function in any way, I don't drink on work nights, etc. But come 9-10PM on a Friday night, I definitely get a craving for some drinks.

    And I know what you mean when you say you don't crave being drunk, but you crave the fun that comes along with it. I'm right there with you. I don't drink alone, I don't get a craving to sit by myself and drink just so I can feel drunk...but I certainly crave that elated feeling you get when you're buzzed, out with friends, BS'ing, hearing good music, feeling the energy of the place you're at and the people you're around. I can relate to that. I work hard during the week and I certainly get a craving to get a buzz and have fun when my work week is over.

    I suppose people can argue that you should be able to get that "high" without drinking...going out socializing should be enough...but alcohol really just seems to make every enjoyable experience just a little bit better. I'm not saying that I need to get blackout drunk to have fun in social settings, but having 4-5 beers sure makes it more enjoyable. :)
  19. twietee macrumors 603


    Jan 24, 2012
    Ok, I'll admit of having some incredible fond memories of certain episodes and festivities where I happened to be drunk. :D

    Nowadays, I drink two (small) glasses of wine and could go to sleep almost immediately, lol..but since I very rarely drink, those few encounters with good friends and a bottle of Gin or Whisky are quite cheerful and welcome - although really heavy and senseless drinking is out of the question, less fun, no style and most importantly: losing almost the entire next two days.
  20. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Do you ever crave being drunk?

    I like a beer as much as the next guy but...

    If you have a problem and nobody else can help, and you can find them, then maybe you should hire the AA team!
  21. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    This is the stance I was trying to take.

    I am well aware of alcoholism and it being a major problem, I've seen it first hand many times ruin friends and family members of me, and I know it starts off slow.

    What I meant was, being drunk, especially while you are young and your only real obligations are to do well in school (which I did this year, made the industrial design program, 35 seats open, 200 applied!), just heightens a lot of fun with friends at times.

    When I say drunk, I don't mean blackout, puking, pissing yourself drunk. I mean more than buzzed, but not to where you make an ass out of yourself.

    I guess using "crave" was a bad word.
  22. Mousse macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    So you mean drunk enough for the beer goggles effect.:D Oh to be young again.

  23. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I told you not to post this pic of me. :eek:
  24. sunnysweet macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2013
    Sometime when I feel very sad, I want to get drunk, kind of drown care :D
  25. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    No, normal human behavior.

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