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  • #19
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    The "Government study" says people drink "more than the government recommends" eh? More Big Brother watching over us (at our taxpaying expense no-less) and trying to dictate what people should and shouldn't do. What a nanny state Americans are allowing our country to become.
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    Beat me 2 it.........wonder when BB (big brother) is gonna regulate breathing (HMM....odd SS#'s on M-W-F....even on T-T-S. On Sunday we all hold our breath?)
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    @stepped_in_it Back in the 1970's California rationed gasoline. Last number on your plate got gas on even days or odd days. So I went to Vegas and got an old band member to register my car in Nevada. Cheaper registration, cheaper insurance, AND out of state plates could get gas any day. I had those plates for about 3 years.
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    @jessejaymes I remember those days. I had a personalized plate which Cali considered odd for gas rationing. I had to agree with them because I was odd...;-)
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    It never ceases to amaze me watching the people in the grocery store lines who pull out an EBT card and pay for their groceries and THEN pull out a wad of cash to pay for those 6-8 cases of beer.
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    Fascinating thing? Many of these are IN government. Ted Kennedy was the poster child but there are many more like him in government.....
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    @Knightmare When I was at the newspaper we did a drug awareness thingie I came up with and we had Lakers and Dodgers and Angels all talking to the kids. So the Newspaper publisher thought this was a good thing, even though I hadn't gotten permission and did it on my own, he saw the opportunity for reflected glory so he invited me to lunch at a place I would never be allowed in without his membership. And he proceeded to knock back five Manhattans in about an hour. Wonderful. I resisted the urge to suggest he might need to be in the audience, not on the podium for the next one.
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    Drinking has been a major part of American culture for hundreds of years. The government needs to focus less on monitoring and regulating the behaviors of the civilian population, and focus more on regulating itself.
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    That's like asking the alcoholic to mind the liquor store. The sole purpose of government is to sustain itself, not serve the people, and therein lies the problem.
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    Here's an idea for the government. How about you quit spend are money on pointless studies and start doing what you should be doing and maybe people wouldn't drink so much.
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    Then you would have all those professors and research ass istants having to actually work for a living.Talk about government handouts.
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    @Leftofliberal ...and if they legalized heroine, everyone could be in a euphoric state
    until the next time they shot up, until they ended up in the morgue...
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    @mimi57 I'd prefer to think more like of the definition term heroine
    1.a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.
    I Think you mean Heroin
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    We keep marijuana illegal, yet we have a country full of drunks, semi-drunks, drunk wanna-be's and at the very least functioning alcoholics. We have teenage drunks, college student binge drinkers, drunk drivers, jails full of drunks, drunks who commit rape and murder, drunks who beat their wives and children, drunks who end up the hospital, drunks who end up divorced,drunks who lose their jobs....it's endless. Even during a national economic disaster, alcohol sales never go down. Alcohol costs this country more in social, legal and health repercussions than all illegal drugs combined, yet we can't seem to get enough.
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    You know, I was listening to Joe Rogan's stand up one time and what he said hit the nail on the head. We are a nation of drunks. We look for ANY reason to drink, including other nation's holidays. It's no wonder the world has a negative view of us socially. We're all just a bunch of a drunk idiots oppressing people just because they are different. And while they are drunk on a power, we decide it's in the best interests of the world to police. Don't like it? Fuck you. Best. Drunk logic. Ever.

    I'd rather be considered by the world to be a laid back stoners than abusive alcoholics.
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    They need to shut their pie holes, take their payoff and leave "the people" alone.
    Perhaps work on illegal drug control. We can see how well they do on that...
  • #73
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    Maybe the government should worry about the state of this country and mind their own business. What's next? Are they going to limit how much alcohol we drink? The study seems seriously flawed to me. The older I get, the less I drink as does everyone else I know.
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    Obama and Bloomberg want to ban those high-capacity 6 packs next, then go after the "assault" liquors, since nobody "needs" those to get drunk. Just more typical "government knows what's best for everyone" mentality. But don't worry, they assure us we will still have our rights and freedom as long as we vote for them and wave our flags.
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    "...government-recommende d limits of two drinks per day for men and one for women." Sounds like government sponsored sexism to me. Equal rights, equal pay, equal drinks, equal opportunity to pick up the bar bill, thanks.
  • #74
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    I'm thinking it has to do more with weight. It plays a pretty large factor in how much you can tolerate before it becomes a problem.
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    @Dan_Tien Well, yes there are quite a few larger women out there. But, as a whole, and based on averages, they "should" weigh less than their male counterparts and thus be able to consume less before it becomes a problem.
    You are right though, there are quite a few women that should just refer to male recommendations.
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    Men, age 31 - 50 because the women drive us to drink and kill us early on.
    Women, 50 - 70 cause they have nothing better to do. After they killed us off, there isn't anyone to nag.
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    Being over the 31-50 men crowd, I don't drink as much as I used to. I now reserve the odd hours (of the clock) for drinking and the even hours for sobriety. Problem is it's always 5 o'clock somewhere and I hate to change my rules once I set them!
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    @g4me probably a good idea. It's hell getting old. Like I told the hooker who asked me if she had to do all the work? I replied "the second you give me money for doing this I'll get right to work".
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    On the "bright side" america doesn't have the alcohol problems of Russia and there is a network (AA) to help alcoholics. It is interesting to see the different approach to alcohol and drug addiction in most of the west.
  • #108
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    Why is the government paying for studies about how much people drink, but hanging the sequestration over our heads? It's none of the government's damned business and they all need to get out of our lives.
  • #100
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    So what. It is their choice or are we planning on regulating that too?

    Prohibiton didn't work, so let them drink, then let the law take care of their careless actions and their health take care of their ability to tolerate what they ingest.
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