How Many Drinks Is Considered 'Drinking Socially'?

Hi,

I hit this social drinking thing recently. I thought it meant just a drink or two to relax the nerves or something. Then I met this person, who had 4 drinks in 3 hours and was drifting a little bit. I started to wonder if they had a drinking problem they weren't aware of.

Where do you draw the line?

Edit: lol tried to add more than 5 but didn't work. Sorry I underestimated you guys ._.

Poll Options

  • 21
    Depends on how much everyone else is drinking
  • 11
    <5
  • 8
    <3
  • 4
    Before I start to 'feel it'
  • 3
    I only drink at home
  • 2
    As much as I can

Comments

  • +3 votes

    Then I met this person, who had 4 drinks in 3 hours and was drifting a little bit.

    Sounds more like low tolerance. I know a few people who get pretty tipsy after half a drink.

    Where do you draw the line?

    The Australian guidelines recommend that adults should not drink more than 4 standard drinks over several hours..

    I'm sure a lot of people drink more than 4 standard drinks over several hours. That's equivalent to 3 bottles of beer. As long as people aren't drinking excessively daily or weekly, then they should be fine. Your future liver will thank you for not poisoning it to death.

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      So the guideline says no more than 4 in 3 hours essentially.

      It's more than the liver, also the intestinal floral…

  • +5 votes

    I’d be more concerned if I was drinking 4 drinks alone than having 4 drinks with others.

  • +1 vote

    Friend of mine is a functional alcoholic. She drinks only a bit too much, but does so at least 3 times per week. Once per fortnight she'll get plastered. She masks it well, but I'm sure it's taking a toll on her body.

    • +1 vote

      Could you see it in her appearance? I believe It ages the body quite a bit.

      • +1 vote

        She doesn't have great skin colour. I think that when the liver is about to give up, your skin goes yellow… like when you've got Hep C. Her muscle condition is quite good. Gets flu-y a lot. Reckon her immune system is pretty compromised.

  • +3 votes

    There is no > 5 poll option…

  • +1 vote

    When the bunch of degenerates I am drinking with become sufficiently tolerable for me to socialize with.

    Ranges from 1-73.

  • +2 votes

    4 drinks in 3 hours lol? You can drink that much and be legally fine to drive!
    When I was younger, I’d stop when I ran out of money, if out, or when I became sick.

  • -2 votes

    Oh FFS
    I have 10 drinks in 3 hours

  • +1 vote

    I don't think drinking socially relates to how many drinks someone had, it relates more to the context and environment one is drinking in.

    Some people use the term social drinking to justify drinking more than they should. That is it's ok I've had 10 drinks because I'm with friends.

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      That's my feeling too. If your friends are trying to converse, but you aren't able to keep it at a normal speed, there's nothing 'social' about it, it's just you drinking alone in the presence of others.

  •  

    People who voted the first option must be easily susceptible to peer pressure.

  • +2 votes

    I only drink socially, never drink at home, drinking socially to me could mean between 4-15 beers.

    • +1 vote

      yeh ditto.

      I can smash through a lot on a "big night". Or I can have a glass, or a few glasses of wine with people, which I don't consider to be a lot.

      But I very rarely drink alone and often go weeks without a drink.

      That, in my mind, is a social drinker.

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        Agreed. I also think not drinking often and then having a big one makes the hangover 100 times worse haha.

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