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Dear Poll: Do You Drink to Feel More Comfortable in Social Settings?

Although I do enjoy a drink out with my girlfriends, I definitely know that there’s a difference between drinking socially and drinking to be social. However, many people suffer from anxiety when presented with certain social situations, and the natural effects of alcohol often curb those worries. Though it can lead to more problems than it's worth, it's not surprising to find that some people feel they have to drink to be comfortable among others. Do you drink in order to feel more comfortable socializing?


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Cider-Morten Cider-Morten 8 years
I've done it a couple of times, but I normally let the other people drink so they are easier to talk to :s
missluckygenes missluckygenes 8 years
drinking does not fix the social anxiety either masks it, or the person drinking to escape ends up coming across as someone they are not...rude, ignorant, insulting, a need to be right, a need for drinking to help w social anxiety doesnt work well, if at, if youre drinking in a social setting, and youre not using the alcohol as a crutch, it can be very different. if you remain the same stable person you are know to be, you'll always come across that way, with or without alcohol. if a person feels like they cant do something or exist without alcohol, they have a problem, and need to recognize the early patterns and signs of a budding alcoholic before it consumes their life right up under their feet, and they come crashing down, hard. Social anxiety affected individuals should be aware about how easily one can become completely dependent on alcohol, or any other drug, and therefore they should work on the possible reasons behind any anxiety, instead of covering it up w alcohol. its a slippery slope, so to speak, and nothing good comes out of alcoholism. People become alcoholics(or drug addicts) before they even recognize that their use (misuse) of it is tearing at their lives.....the sad part is that many dont come to terms w it, accept it, or face it in a timely enough manner to where no one gets usually takes some brutal experiences before someone is able to admit they have a problem, and if left untreated, will kill them, maybe others, and hurt everyone.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
I find I get "stupider" when I drink. It's temporary (probably... hee), and I've never drank so much that I don't remember my slightly tipsy stupidity. It does feel "easier", somehow, to be stupid around people. Do I drink in pursuit of that feeling? Not so much. I'd take a drink to be social in the sense that sometimes people get all bent out of shape if you don't take a drink when they offer you one. Or they'd look at you like you have three heads. Yeah, whatever, I'll just take the drink. I don't have anything against other people drinking responsibly, I just don't like to drink because I don't like it when things burn going down the hatch. Not even a little.
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 8 years
I’ve done this on occasion.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Maybe I've done this once or twice or something but not regularly.
rainonme224 rainonme224 8 years
I'm very shy so if I don't know the people then yes I'll have a drink to loosen up a bit if we're in a bar setting, or a setting where other people are drinking. I wouldn't just grab a drink by myself because I was too shy. I'd feel more awkward then.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I rarely drink, but sometimes I do when I am hanging out with my friends who like to drink. It doesn't really make me more chatty though, it just makes me more giggly.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I wouldn't prescribe it.
ayuninur ayuninur 8 years
i don't drink..
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
Not as often as I used to. I've grown to love who I am without drinking. (Doesn't mean I don't like a good night's fun of drinking! I've just changed a lot since I have a daughter. My daughter is singing Itsy Bitsy Spider right now at the top of her lungs.. I'd rather hear her sing than be out drinking. Ha ha ha.)
jessie jessie 8 years
occassionaly...depends where i'm at...if its a place where i've been before and people i know..i'm fine....people i don't i've never been before...other people slammin' em' back...the yea...i'm might drink a few more then usual.
myystque myystque 8 years
Although I don't need to drink to feel comfortable, I often feel as though I have more fun if I've had a couple of drinks as opposed to being sober.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I would accept an offerred drink, but I don't need it. Generally, I'm comfortable in a social setting.
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 8 years
i can have fun with our without drinking, so i don't drink to be more social, when i drink its not for that reason lol
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I'm pretty nuerotic and alcohol does help me loosen up. *shrug* I don't tend to do this when it's people I've known for a while but with new groups, I definitely prefer to have a few drinks.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 8 years
No alcohol for me.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 8 years
I have done this a few times throughout my life. I get anxiety easily and was prescribed a med to calm me, I don't like taking this med. Its highly addictive and a am always grumpy the next day so.... if I am in one of my high anxiety times I will have a drink. that's all it takes, one drink. although i might have 2 more for good measure ;)
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
I'm 100% guilty of this. I work by myself all week long (no officemates) and by the time I go out on the weekends I sometimes haven't had a conversation with anyone all week. I would rather not use alcohol as a crutch though, I'm actually a very extroverted person, but my current work is isolating.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I'm not a big drinker, at all. However, if I'm in an awkward social situation where there is alcohol available, I'll have a few drinks to loosen me up. Ultimately, I tend to be more shy with larger groups of people.
CYL CYL 8 years
I actually rarely drink..I am a ball of energy without booze. I did so much partying in my early 20s that I have had enough booze for a while...oh god I just said "in my early 20s.." I am definately feeling old!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
it does help...espeically when you are around a new group of people. But it can also backfire on you too if you have one too many!!! So watch out!!!
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i drink, but I can have fun without it, and am outgoing regardless
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