First time I drank alcohol I was like 8 or maybe even younger, and it was a sip of beer from my dad to demonstrate what it was he was drinking. It was also a clever way to convince his son to stay the hell away from alcohol for many years, because the sip wasn't enough to do anything to me but was MORE than enough for my taste buds to tell me "this is disgusting, I do not like it!" The next time I had alcohol was a few glasses of REALLY good champagne when I was 19. But the first time I got drunk (and subsequently, the last time I got hammered and had a terrible hangover) I was 20. I loved the ride to the top, hated the time spent on the bottom crawling my way back up to level. In the decade since, I've learned many tricks to being able to go longer with alcohol without suffering the ill affects the next day, but I keep my drinking to social events. If I gotta go see family I REALLY want nothing to do with, I'll grab a few beers. If I'm in a new place meeting new people, some liquor will help me unwind and be a bit social. On rare occasion, if a particular spot in a game is really causing me frustration, I'll take a couple shots of something hard (I prefer sljivovica, vodka, whiskey, or tequila) so I can get a buzz, and I'll pop a few more shots to maintain said buzz if needs be- and apparently I make for a BETTER gamer when I'm drunk! But contrary to the concerns of my family, I hardly ever drink. My Great Uncle died of liver failure from cirrhosis because of his heavy drinking (he was just a set-in-his-ways old timer of a slav, and they DRANK), which helped reinforce the lesson of moderation in me. But somehow his other relatives, like my mother, took the lesson of being overly frightened of any alcohol consumption. *shrug* From that first day I got drunk, I've learned that I can hold my liquor "better than average", and on those occasions I oblige, I enjoy it. I see nothing wrong with a responsible habit. I also learned to shake off the pretentious douchiness against indulgers of Mary Jane over the years, and even softened towards more serious chemical addictions. Doesn't mean I support the habit, just that I've learned it's not some devil-sent crutch to climb up on a high horse over. Hell, an increasing incidence of chronic headaches and migraines has even led me to consider exploring medical cannabis for relief. The funny thing is, when I tell some family "I gave up beer", they too-quickly rush to get all congratulatory on me, like I've conquered the devil, when in reality I'm trying to tell them that I'm sticking to hard liquors, cause I wanna avoid unnecessary calories and I just don't care for beer getting me to the same place over a longer period of time. But they're too up their asses to realize what I'm telling them. XD But my biggest vice is, without a doubt, the games. I just can't get enough of em.