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The ability to function well while drunk

post #1 of 19
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The JW thread got me thinking about the great drinkers of today.

Christopher Hitchens might be one. There is something about the British that allow them to imbibe huge quantities of booze and still remain coherent and compelling even. I wonder if dedicated drinkers are drinking all day, and it becomes like breathing? Or what?

I've only noticed the British to succeed at appearing 100% lucid and still have massive amounts of booze in the bloodstream.
post #2 of 19
I take it the English are not pounding tequila shots.
post #3 of 19
Once, when working in an emergency room, I had a conversation with an American film director. Her words were a little slurred but she was quite coherent, and charming. I was a little alarmed when some hours later her blood alcohol result exceeded (by some 50%) the level which every toxicology text describes as fatal.

Aus
post #4 of 19
I drink a lot. Not in the 'drinking alone in my room at 11am for no reason' sense; moreso because I enjoy going out and partying and I have a lot of friends that enjoy drinking regularly, but would still be able to have a good time w/o the effects of alcohol. I am able to function quite well when drunk - I am usually the most level-headed and sane person in the room when I've had the same amount or more drinks than everyone else. If you get your tollerance real high, you'll have no problems.

Also, you re-learn to do daily activities while drunk, and they become second nature. The real problem is learning to do those activities again when you're sober.
post #5 of 19
I love Hitchens. Agree or disagree with his politics, that man epitomizes the British polymath. I think Galloway called him a "drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay." Even when drink-soaked, Hitchens always seems to come out on top in every debate I've seen because of his wit. He admits to having somewhat of a drinking problem although that doesn't slow down his writing as he's very prolific. I remember he was debating religion with a famous British religious writer and the topic turned to the story of Prometheus and how his punishment for giving man the gift of fire was to have his liver continually eaten by vultures and continually regenerating. Hitchens made a comment to the effect of 'The liver regeneration part doesn't sound so bad in my case.' Classic.
post #6 of 19
Churchill comes to mind. Until I departed for China I was having a cocktail for breakfast everyday. It really improved my tolerance to a level unexcelled by any other Chinaman of my acquiantance.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kent Wang
Churchill comes to mind.

Until I departed for China I was having a cocktail for breakfast everyday. It really improved my tolerance to a level unexcelled by any other Chinaman of my acquiantance.

Also, Dude, "Chinaman" is not the preferred nomenclature.
post #8 of 19
I'm down with the ironic use of Chinaman. Helps if you actually are yellow.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Saucemaster
Also, Dude, "Chinaman" is not the preferred nomenclature.

"Walter, this is not a guy who built the rail-roads, here, this is a guy who peed on my rug"

post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by chorse123
"Walter, this is not a guy who built the rail-roads, here, this is a guy who peed on my rug"
Say what you will about communism, at least its an ethos...
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by chorse123
"Walter, this is not a guy who built the rail-roads, here, this is a guy who peed on my rug"


The Chinaman is not the issue here, Dude: the issue is unchecked aggression.
post #12 of 19
hey...nice marmot
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Tyto
The Chinaman is not the issue here, Dude: the issue is unchecked aggression.
The Chinaman who peed on my rug, I can't go give him a bill, so what the fuck are you talking about?
post #14 of 19
I am at once proud and ashamed that I have started this round of Lebowski quotes. Currently I'm feeling a bit more of the latter but my mood sways back and forth.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by chrysalid
hey...nice marmot
Having tangled with roving gangs of vicious marmots before, I know the Lebowski animal was no marmot. It was a ferret.
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