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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Sat, Feb. 10th, 2007 11:16 pm
So I just realized something...

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zedness
zedness
zedness
Mon, Feb. 12th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)

That's a pretty narrow window, there.

I've heard of drugs being used as an aid to self-awareness in some cultures, but alcohol isn't exactly conducive to that kind of usage. It is...not a nice drug. Too easy to abuse I think.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Mon, Feb. 12th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)

It's a very narrow window. Though you can widen it by practicing awareness (e.g. meditation).

I don't seem to be prone to alcohol abuse. I suspect that's because I usually get sick before I get drunk. :p I'm fine with moderate amounts, but if I actually drink far enough to get drunk... either I get a headache or I get nauseous before I ever get more than tipsy.


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queueball
queueball
Q
Tue, Mar. 6th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)

Or you can take the cheapskate route, as I have done, and instead of widening the narrow window, just make sure you stay between the narrow lines. :)

Awareness is the key word. A person would have to be at alcohol-poisoning, comatose levels, I think, to really lose control under alcohol (though maybe it's different for some people, depending on genes; I wouldn't know). As I often say, I've never done anything I regretted while drunk -- close, but not quite -- while I have more than once done things I regretted while caffeinated. I think the reason is that society tells us alcohol == bad, watch out! whereas caffeine == okay just a buzz. So we aren't socially hypersensitized to our altered state when using the latter.

Kind of like taking Benadryl then getting in a wreck == just fine, whereas having a beer and getting in a wreck == DUI + evil. In both cases, a person took an intoxicant and sufferened the consequences, but only one has hypersensitive social triggers attached to it ...

Which is only to say very ramblingly, yes, alcohol can be useful as you suggested. In a word, medicinally. And, like all drugs, it can also be abused.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, Mar. 6th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)

Awareness is the key word. A person would have to be at alcohol-poisoning, comatose levels, I think, to really lose control under alcohol (though maybe it's different for some people, depending on genes; I wouldn't know).

I don't know. I've never experienced the "OMG I'm not in control of myself" phenomenon that many people claim when they're drunk. I've experienced some zombie-like tendencies, but no moreso than I would've had had I been really tired.

And I'm very sensitized to the effect caffeine has on me now. There have been one too many weeks where I've had caffeine for, say, three consecutive days, and then gone around biting everyone's head off (and not sleeping) on the fourth. Caffeine is almost harder to regulate than booze, because its cumulative effects over time are what cause me problems.


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queueball
queueball
Q
Tue, Mar. 6th, 2007 09:37 am (UTC)

Yup. Go around wired on caffeine for three days, nobody cares, but you may well start biting heads off. Go around sloshed on booze for three days, people will call you a drunk, and when you start biting heads off, it'll be seen as a natural consequence.

So, is it just us? :)


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