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?
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.
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!
It's also the season of finals....I need to up my drinking just so some of the stinkers pass their classes!
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.
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).
No, I don't drink any more.
Course I don't drink any less either!
I will not be drinking too much this season, but sure would like some other stuff.
Puff, puff........pfffff, pfffffffffff...........
You do realize you've become quite the celebraty here, even in your absence. Hilarious.
i quit drinking..... water that is. Now i only stick with beer.
I don't drink. Unless I have a beer in front of me.
I drink more during the WEEKENDS, lol.
Congrats to you young lady. I'm proud of ya!
What did I do?
You left a BAD situation,took care of yourself and your kids,and found a new Honey.
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.
Yea, what's with the absenteeism?
Let me play the violin for ya while you enjoy all the good food and wine out there.
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.
Thanks! You are too kind. :)
Georgia Peach is that you? re: RMR/Jamthis
since I'm not sure what you're talking about, I think it must not be me
I guess not, I have a GeorgiaPeach I send jokes to and thought it might be you on CNN, sorry
"My intake doesn't really vary" just doesn't capture the idea of me being blacked out 52 weekends a year.
This is my favorite time of year but i try not to overdo it either .Check out my health and fitness blog http://razzlea.blogspot.com/
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".
Three weeks tomorrow for me.
Congrats to you both. My hubby got his 12 year chip this past summer.
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!!!!
@PDawg – I apologize. CONGRATS TO YOU, TOO!!!
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!
More or less!
When I drink during the Holidays, I'm being "jolly."
But after New Year's, they want send me to rehab!!!
My room will be available for you Thursday when I leave. Need the phone number?
Why do they call it the "Alcoholidays"?
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!
ho wants to be haunted byt the ghost of Christmas spirits–the day after!?
All of the holiday and christmas beers are in full swing. It's hard not to drink more!
holiday music , family on other side of US ... herb and alcohol intake spikes heavily!
Not anymore than usual. da-dum-ch!
I pretty much binge drink 3 days out of the week, so it doesn't make a difference
Where's the "like" button?
I'm not sure how to answer this. Do weekends count as holidays? How about Thursday bowling nights?
I don't drink anymore......but I don't drink any less :)
Love a party and love a free drink!
Where have you been hiding oh great one?
On the outs with AD already, RichHead?
@EG: Great minds think alike. Maybe he should change his name to Casanova?
@QOE CassanovaHead? Nah, doesn't have the same ring to it.
@EG You're right. RichardHead probably fits him to a T. LOL
Now children-it's NOT like that at all.
@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.
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!
Oh, and I've been hiding under the covers. It's sooooooo cold in the ATL right now!
Don't worry GeorgiaPeach, we're just joking with RichardHead. All in good fun.
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.
I knew I liked you for a reason.
I agree, some relatives....and in-laws are unbearable!
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.
I know, right? Isn't just crazy how the holidays can bring the worst out in people/family/friends?
Evil Grin is somewhat less social than the average person, I suppose.
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.
Doesn't work if the secretary in question is past retirement age.
Not into GILFs?
Yeah. Me, either.
Good man.Now pass the Goldfish!
Cracked pepper and Olive Oil Triscuits with slices of pepperjack cheese, bro.
Here's some Screaming Yellow Zonkers. Let's see if they have any Crosby,Stills and Nash on the BOX.
"We be jammin', we be jammin' with you."
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.
Wacky Tabacky? HA!
Overserved every time during the holidays. Wouldn't have it any other way.
I like to smoke more green for the holiday! Tis the season to be jolly! :P (sorry to reply but had to to post)
What's with these bdizzle and Jcizzle cats? =o
I think it's a coincidence. :-S
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