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Damning Indictment of Ireland's Attitude Towards Alcohol

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  • 29-07-2012 12:03am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 4,221 ✭✭✭


    Sorry for the long thread title firstly...

    So onto the topic at hand, Ireland and its attitude towards drink.

    I went into town today with a mate, we went to a pub and set out in the sun and we grabbed a beer each.

    I got an alcohol free beer, and my mate got an alcoholic beer. To which he turned to me and said
    "why are you wasting your money on the alcohol free stuff, why not get the alcoholic version"

    I told him I bought it because I liked how it tasted and that was the most important thing to me. He rolled his eyes and said I was wasting my money on it.

    To me it was a ridiculous attitude to have. I made a choice to have a drink I enjoyed and because it was alcohol free it was stupid.

    I think what I'm getting at, is the people in this country are so obsessed with alcohol, they will only drink to get drunk and taste isn't important where as my approach is, to drink something that I enjoy the taste of...

    Sorry if I'm not getting my point across in the most coherent manner, but the more and more I think about it and more annoyed by the whole thing I am...

    P.S It was an Alcohol Free Erdinger I was drinking today


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,689 ✭✭✭Tombi!


    You were stupid if it's the same price as the alcoholic version.

    Should have gotten water, TBH.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,930 ✭✭✭galwayjohn89


    Sorry for the long thread title firstly...

    So onto the topic at hand, Ireland and its attitude towards drink.

    I went into town today with a mate, we went to a pub and set out in the sun and we grabbed a beer each.

    I got an alcohol free beer, and my mate got an alcoholic beer. To which he turned to me and said


    I told him I bought it because I liked how it tasted and that was the most important thing to me. He rolled his eyes and said I was wasting my money on it.

    To me it was a ridiculous attitude to have. I made a choice to have a drink I enjoyed and because it was alcohol free it was stupid.

    I think what I'm getting at, is the people in this country are so obsessed with alcohol, they will only drink to get drunk and taste isn't important where as my approach is, to drink something that I enjoy the taste of...

    Sorry if I'm not getting my point across in the most coherent manner, but the more and more I think about it and more annoyed by the whole thing I am...

    P.S It was an Alcohol Free Erdinger I was drinking today

    How does you mates attitude = Ireland's attitude?

    I know load who choose not to drink and it's fine and they get the odd slag which is normal because we slag over everything. It just your mates attitude


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 10,439 Mod ✭✭✭✭xzanti


    Dry shíte


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,144 ✭✭✭Katgurl


    Your mate's a tw@t.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,221 ✭✭✭A_Sober_Paddy


    Vuzuggu wrote: »
    How does you mates attitude = Ireland's attitude?

    I know load who choose not to drink and it's fine and they get the odd slag which is normal because we slag over everything. It just your mates attitude

    It's attitude shared by a lot of people...

    I also have many friends who don't drink either.

    I've also been to Oz and seen how we carry on over there too, we as a nation have a bad attitude towards drink, and when I say we I refer to the majority of Irish, I've seen and met...


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,073 ✭✭✭Pottler


    Alcohol-free beer is like going down on your sister. It tastes the same, but deep down, you know it's wrong.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,221 ✭✭✭A_Sober_Paddy


    You were stupid if it's the same price as the alcoholic version.

    Should have gotten water, TBH.
    xzanti wrote:
    Dry shíte

    Both those just back up my point


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,145 ✭✭✭LETHAL LADY


    Ye sound like great mates, why not sit down and crack open a few and sort this out man to man.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,473 ✭✭✭Wacker The Attacker


    Pottler wrote: »
    Alcohol-free beer is like going down on your sister. It tastes the same, but deep down, you know it's wrong.

    You need to stop fantasizing about munching off your sister.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 594 ✭✭✭Red21



    I went into town today with a mate, we went to a pub and set out in the sun and we grabbed a beer each.
    where did this happen


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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 10,439 Mod ✭✭✭✭xzanti


    Both those just back up my point

    Glad we could be of service :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,458 ✭✭✭senorwipesalot


    Jesus,Id murder a dozen pints of Kaliber.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,218 ✭✭✭✭Bannasidhe


    OP agree completely.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,938 ✭✭✭mackg


    Fair play for getting such a dramatic thread title out of what was a fairly unremarkable conversation.
    Sorry if I'm not getting my point across in the most coherent manner

    It wasn't alcohol free at all was it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,558 ✭✭✭✭dreamers75


    Whats the point of drinking if your not going to get drunk?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,249 ✭✭✭Scioch


    Had a similar experience when I was younger. Went out one night and I got an orange juice instead of a beer. When asked why I said I didnt feel like getting drunk. Not one person could understand why I was out if I didnt want to get drunk. They took turns calling me gay for the rest of the night on the back of it.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 10,439 Mod ✭✭✭✭xzanti


    In all seriousness though.. beer or indeed any alcohol is an acquired taste so I can see how someone would raise an eyebrow to people enjoying the taste without the additional benefits.. i.e. the false sense of security and well being that comes along with it..

    Would you have been privy to such ridicule from your comrade had you ordered a Club Orange?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,073 ✭✭✭Pottler


    You need to stop fantasizing about munching off your sister.
    Deep down, I know it's wrong:pac: Some hope, she's a beatch!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,221 ✭✭✭A_Sober_Paddy


    mackg wrote: »
    Fair play for getting such a dramatic thread title out of what was a fairly unremarkable conversation.



    It wasn't alcohol free at all was it?

    No it was alcohol free of that I'm certain...

    Its a little dramatic, but this country has a serious issue with its attitude towards alcohol and its consumption, as can be seen even from some of the posts on this thread...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,073 ✭✭✭Pottler


    LordSmeg wrote: »
    Had a similar experience when I was younger. Went out one night and I got an orange juice instead of a beer. When asked why I said I didnt feel like getting drunk. Not one person could understand why I was out if I didnt want to get drunk. They took turns calling me gay for the rest of the night on the back of it.
    I have visions of a queue of lads, taking tickets, awaiting their turn. "Gay". Next...."Gay"..next...


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,221 ✭✭✭A_Sober_Paddy


    xzanti wrote: »
    In all seriousness though.. beer or indeed any alcohol is an acquired taste so I can see how someone would raise an eyebrow to people enjoying the taste without the additional benefits.. i.e. the false sense of security and well being that comes along with it..

    Would you have been privy to such ridicule from your comrade had you ordered a Club Orange?

    Probably not if I got a juice, but I wanted an Erdinger because it tastes nice, but I prefer not to have alcohol as I don't like what it does to me, so I stay away from it


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,249 ✭✭✭Scioch


    Pottler wrote: »
    I have visions of a queue of lads, taking tickets, awaiting their turn. "Gay". Next...."Gay"..next...

    Well one would have a go at me over it while everyone else nodded and chortled like morons, then every time I went to the bar someone would decide it was their turn to have a go and get some attention.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,030 ✭✭✭✭Chuck Stone


    I don't think you were in town and I think your friend is imaginary.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,655 ✭✭✭delw


    I would have no problem drinking non alcoholic beer if driving or a lemonade or water for that matter
    I don't see the problem with the OP having a non alcoholic drink if it's his/her's desire


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Music Moderators, Politics Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 22,360 CMod ✭✭✭✭Dravokivich


    To be honest, I at think the issue is solely with your mate. I am against Pricing drink based on the alcohol content and his argument indirectly supports it. N/A beers do have a place and go ahead enjoy'em at your leisure.

    The only thing I would speak up about when it comes to someone drinking is when they keep getting half pints. I'd ask them about it because it'll be cheaper to get a pint and drink it slower...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,351 ✭✭✭NegativeCreep


    Beer tastes rank anyway so I don't see why you'd get an alcohol free one. If I'm drinking beer it's because I want to get drunk and for no other reason. Why didn't you just get coke? :L
    When I'm out with my friends I'll start off drinking alcohol until about 1 in the morning and then I start ordering water (to curb the hangover a bit.)
    The looks I get from the bar staff and the customers are priceless!


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 10,439 Mod ✭✭✭✭xzanti


    Probably not if I got a juice, but I wanted an Erdinger because it tastes nice, but I prefer not to have alcohol as I don't like what it does to me, so I stay away from it

    Well there's your answer.. the issue is not our attitude towards alcohol it's our attitude towards non alcohol :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,221 ✭✭✭A_Sober_Paddy


    Beer tastes rank anyway so I don't see why you'd get an alcohol free one. If I'm drinking beer it's because I want to get drunk and for no other reason. Why didn't you just get coke? :L
    When I'm out with my friends I'll start off drinking alcohol until about 1 in the morning and then I start ordering water (to curb the hangover a bit.)
    The looks I get from the bar staff and the customers are priceless!

    Erdinger and Paulaner are both delicious beers, I'm not talking about that muck Budweiser or Heineken


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭Procasinator


    It's more of a reflection of your friends attitude on non-alcoholic beer. As you said, it would probably not of been an issue if you got a juice.

    He might also have given out to you if you got diet coke, decaf coffee or imitation meat.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,249 ✭✭✭Scioch


    Nothing wrong with having a non alcoholic beer. The sole reason for drinking is supposedly to socialise. Fine to get drunk to do it but people draw the line at drinking a non alcoholic beer to do it ? I've often drank one just to avoid being asked why I'm not drinking seven hundred times a night. And even though the taste isnt what I'd call lovely I have acquired somewhat of a taste for it and associate that with being out.


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