Lunchtime poll – have you been overserved?
December 13th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Nights are long, there's a chill in the air, seasonal cheer (and stress) is in high gear and at a seemingly endless string of holiday parties, the booze is flowing freely. Punch bowls and open bars abound at this time of year, and it seems a festive (or, again, stress-relieving) tipple is rarely more than a ladle away.

Per the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the distilled spirits industry makes a quarter of its yearly profits in the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year. How much are you helping 'em top that off?

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  1. Rob

    I use to over indulge as a teenager and young adult but waking up with a hangover or puking all night got old. Plus, it's much more fun to watch the idiots who think they are so funny make fools of themselves. I love the comment, "That was the best party I've been to yet" when they can't even remember the events.

    December 31, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  2. Caroline

    If I 'm not being over served, then what kind if party is this? And if I'm hosting, I will have an over abundance of adult beverages...including coffee and tea. Because if I'm going to over serve, I'm also going to be extra careful that everyone every one gets home safe and in one piece. CHEERS EVERY ONE!

    December 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  3. kdragona

    It's also the season of finals....I need to up my drinking just so some of the stinkers pass their classes!

    December 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  4. BadgerFan

    I don't need a holidays to increase my intake, it just keeps going up every week. Amateurs "make room" for a hangover on New Years day.

    December 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Erin

    I drink a lot all year round, the only difference during the holidays is that the booze is free when I'm visiting the family (and I have a built in DD in my dad).

    December 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  6. Steve St Louis

    No, I don't drink any more.

    Course I don't drink any less either!

    December 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  7. reformed

    I will not be drinking too much this season, but sure would like some other stuff.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Puff, puff........pfffff, pfffffffffff...........


      Like what?

      December 13, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
      • Sir Biddle via the Mobile@JDizzle

        You do realize you've become quite the celebraty here, even in your absence. Hilarious.

        December 14, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  8. the best

    i quit drinking..... water that is. Now i only stick with beer.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  9. GMcG

    I don't drink. Unless I have a beer in front of me.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  10. V Saxena

    I drink more during the WEEKENDS, lol.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  11. RichardHead@Snowbunny

    Congrats to you young lady. I'm proud of ya!

    December 13, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • Snowbunny

      What did I do?

      December 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
      • RichardHead@Snowbunny

        You left a BAD situation,took care of yourself and your kids,and found a new Honey.

        December 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
    • Sir Biddle via the Mobile@RH

      I feel like the fat kid with kid with asthma sitting on the porch watching friends play football. I go on travel and the whole place lights up with activity. Wish I could chime in more and we'll see if I have any luck with 5@5 via the mobile.

      December 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
      • Snowbunny

        Yea, what's with the absenteeism?

        December 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
      • RichardHead@SirB

        Let me play the violin for ya while you enjoy all the good food and wine out there.

        December 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
      • Sir Biddle via the Mobile@SnowB

        On work travel in San Fran. I know, I know it could be worse. But I've put my time in the crappy cities too like St Louis when its 5 degrees, I'm sick, and the downtown area looked like a George Romero movie set – talk about urban blight.

        December 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • Snowbunny@RH

      Thanks! You are too kind. :)

      December 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  12. CrippleCreek

    Georgia Peach is that you? re: RMR/Jamthis

    December 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
    • Georgia Peach@CrippleCreek

      since I'm not sure what you're talking about, I think it must not be me

      December 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
      • CrippleCreek

        I guess not, I have a GeorgiaPeach I send jokes to and thought it might be you on CNN, sorry

        December 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  13. rudie

    "My intake doesn't really vary" just doesn't capture the idea of me being blacked out 52 weekends a year.

    December 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  14. razzlea

    This is my favorite time of year but i try not to overdo it either .Check out my health and fitness blog

    December 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  15. PDawg

    Sober 8 years as of today! Lots of people say it is tough to stay sober during the holidays. I say that is a bunch of crap for a guy that found it tough to stay sober ANY day, and now I'm loving life in the "bonus round".

    December 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants


      Three weeks tomorrow for me.

      December 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
    • Queen of Everything

      Congrats to you both. My hubby got his 12 year chip this past summer.

      December 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
      • Snowbunny

        My ex hubby was a "mean drunk". Sigh, glad that's over with. I don't think he was an alcoholic, but he did abuse it. (drinking his entire case of beer until it was gone) It takes a lot of courage and will power to overcome the disease. They have to want to do it for themselves or it never works, unfortunately. My boyfriends best friend is an alcoholic. He doesn't have a gf and is so lonesome. :( I'm always inviting him to join us for supper, holidays, even to watch a football game and yet he declines. It's sad. Anyways... sorry to be depressing. But congrats to your husband and Jdizzle!!!! YAY!!!! HUGS!!!!

        December 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
    • Snowbunny

      @PDawg – I apologize. CONGRATS TO YOU, TOO!!!

      December 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
      • PDawg

        Thanks! Unfortunately courage and will power can't overcome the disease, but they can get you on your way if you are willing to do the work that will bring about recovery! If will power was enough, I would have had it licked a long time ago!

        December 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  16. litenup

    More or less!

    December 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  17. jonny

    When I drink during the Holidays, I'm being "jolly."

    But after New Year's, they want send me to rehab!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants from his iPhizzle

      My room will be available for you Thursday when I leave. Need the phone number?

      December 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  18. Sam

    Why do they call it the "Alcoholidays"?

    December 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  19. GaijinTraveler

    Great Lakes Brewing Company in Northeast Ohio makes a Christmas Ale that I consider the greatest beer to ever grace the face of this oh-so-lucky planet. It's only out November through the beginning of January. My imbibing most of the time is about 2 drinks a week, but levels off around 10 a weeks during Christmas Ale Season! Topped off with a cinnamon & sugar rim, I can easily down a pair of these 7.5% ABV delights at each dinner!

    December 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  20. Buddhabob

    ho wants to be haunted byt the ghost of Christmas spirits–the day after!?

    December 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  21. Nutmeg McCinnamon

    All of the holiday and christmas beers are in full swing. It's hard not to drink more!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  22. George K

    holiday music , family on other side of US ... herb and alcohol intake spikes heavily!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  23. JCizzle

    Not anymore than usual. da-dum-ch!

    December 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  24. Johniee

    I pretty much binge drink 3 days out of the week, so it doesn't make a difference

    December 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • JCizzle

      Where's the "like" button?

      December 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  25. Rick

    I'm not sure how to answer this. Do weekends count as holidays? How about Thursday bowling nights?

    December 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  26. Barking Alien

    I don't drink anymore......but I don't drink any less :)

    December 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  27. Georgia Peach

    Love a party and love a free drink!

    December 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • RichardHead@AWSOME Georgia Peach

      Where have you been hiding oh great one?

      December 13, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        On the outs with AD already, RichHead?

        December 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
      • Queen of Everything

        @EG: Great minds think alike. Maybe he should change his name to Casanova?

        December 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        @QOE CassanovaHead? Nah, doesn't have the same ring to it.

        December 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
      • Queen of Everything

        @EG You're right. RichardHead probably fits him to a T. LOL

        December 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
      • RichardHead

        Now children-it's NOT like that at all.

        December 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
      • Queen of Everything

        @RH: It better not be because, quite frankly, I'm way too invested in your pseudo-quasi relationship-friendship whatever with AD for it to fizzle out now. The Queen has spoken now make it so.

        December 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
      • Georgia Peach@RichardHead

        Hi RH! I didn't mean to cause a ruckus among the regulars! I know you and AD have a thing – I just loved your 5@5 post the other day!

        December 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
      • Georgia Peach@RichardHead

        Oh, and I've been hiding under the covers. It's sooooooo cold in the ATL right now!

        December 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Don't worry GeorgiaPeach, we're just joking with RichardHead. All in good fun.

        December 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  28. Queen of Everything

    How much of that "overservice" is due to the need to dull the pain of being forced to socialize with your relatives? I have a few I wouldn't mind missing this year... and every year after.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • Tazer@QOE

      I knew I liked you for a reason.

      December 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
    • Goldself

      I agree, some relatives....and in-laws are unbearable!

      December 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  29. Evil Grin

    My intake doesn't change for holidays. I don't go to parties at all if I'm not forced to, and certainly not holiday parties.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
    • Jerv@EvilG

      I know, right? Isn't just crazy how the holidays can bring the worst out in people/family/friends?

      December 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Evil Grin is somewhat less social than the average person, I suppose.

        December 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants from his iPhizzle

      But when else are you going to see the hot secretary lift her shirt to show the latest 'enhancements' after several glasses of holiday cheer? You might miss out at that company Christmas party.

      December 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Doesn't work if the secretary in question is past retirement age.

        December 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants from his iPhizzle

        Not into GILFs?

        Yeah. Me, either.

        December 13, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  30. RichardHead@Jdizz

    Good man.Now pass the Goldfish!

    December 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants from his iPhizzle

      Cracked pepper and Olive Oil Triscuits with slices of pepperjack cheese, bro.


      December 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
      • RichardHead@Jdizz

        Here's some Screaming Yellow Zonkers. Let's see if they have any Crosby,Stills and Nash on the BOX.

        December 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants from his iPhizzle

        "We be jammin', we be jammin' with you."

        December 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  31. Jdizzle McHammerpants from "The Facility"

    Ha. Appropriate poll. I used to be 'overserved' before even showing up. From now on, I'll only be showing up with the major munchies, if you catch my drift.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
    • Snowbunny

      Wacky Tabacky? HA!

      December 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  32. Jerv

    Overserved every time during the holidays. Wouldn't have it any other way.

    December 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
    • bdizzle

      I like to smoke more green for the holiday! Tis the season to be jolly! :P (sorry to reply but had to to post)

      December 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants from his iPhizzle

        What's with these bdizzle and Jcizzle cats? =o

        December 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
    • JCizzle

      I think it's a coincidence. :-S

      December 14, 2010 at 12:36 am |
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