This is not an old person giving out about partying. I have got too drunk thousands of times. 3/4/5 drinks, feel merry, have a good time but after that it gets messy so simple question why do some people (probably myself included) take it too far?
Most Helpful Girl
Maybe boredom, maybe people feel nervous around others so they drink more.0
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I think there are different reasons to this. One is certainly genetics. For some people it's simply harder to stay away from alcohol than for others. I am lucky because I don't really like alcohol a lot. I'm very picky about alcoholic drinks and find most of them too bitter. This has helped me to stay away from alcohol more than others.
Secondly, it has to do with your social environment. What social class you come from, what sex you have (men tend to have this problem more frequently than women) but also what sort of example your dad (or your parents) was/were, what kind of friends you have etc.. For somebody living in a peer group where it's considered normal and self-understanding to drink, it will be harder to say no.
Thirdly, it has to do with culture. Now, you're Irish, so you know how to drink (at least you guys are very famous for it). Same goes for England or the US. However, as a continental European I would make the (maybe somewhat insulting) claim that you don't actually have a drinking culture. What I mean by that is that in places like England or the US (I know less about Ireland), people don't drink so much because they enjoy the taste or the social setting that comes with it but more like because you're considered a "real man" or a "real Englishman" or simply cool if you drink. I experienced this very much when I was living in the US. In America, people drink two things: beer or hard liquor (Californians are an exception). Now, beer can be enjoyed but most of the ones they have in America taste terrible compared to some British or German or Swiss or Finnish beers. Hard liquor can be appreciated too but not if you drink it in big amounts. When I was in America, I just could never get rid of this feeling that most Americans don't actually want to enjoy or appreciate their alcohol... they just sort of wanna pour it down as fast as possible and as much of it as possible in order to get drunk. It's very different culture than what they have in France or what we have in Switzerland where people drink less hard liquors but rather a glass of good wine for dinner and it's more about how the wine fits to the food and how it's a nice treat (and a social drink) than whether you actually feel anything from it.
Lastly, I also think it has to do with maturity. I got terribly drunk about 3 times in my life and I did some stupid stuff. I've learned my lesson. I now get that there's not really a point in getting drunk. I guess other people need more time.0