Whiskey Makes You Louder

21 Aug

Like all unrepentant alcoholics, I have a drink of choice; bourbon and coke. It doesn’t matter how bad the brand, it always tastes good, and it gets your buzz on. But it has one big side effect – it makes you louder. This can be a problem.

I am a stationary drunk. As long as no one expects me to go anywhere, I’m the happiest, more joyful person you could meet at the bar. I’ll listen to your stories, I’ll tell you about the pipe tobacco I’m smoking (I’ve got a great bar), and have a lot of fun. It’s when you tell me to move that I start getting angry.

Alcohol blurs things, and most importantly, it makes you less tolerant of little social conventions. Someone cuts in front of you, someone decides to belt out a song… you could ignore it in most situations. But get a little liquor in you, and man, those social conventions are out the window.

Now being Scotch-Irish (and several others), I either hold in that temper until it builds up and explodes later, or go the slow burn and I get vocal and snarky. When drunk, it’s usually the second – when sober, the first (you’d think it’d be the opposite). However, because of the liquor, I find my volume for all those comments (that would normally be under my breath) would be increased. Thankfully, the subject of my ire is usually on the other side of the bar, so I haven’t ended up in a fight.

When I switch up my drink, I find it interesting how different liquors affect me. Shifting to a scotch and soda, it’s the same booze, but I drink it a lot slower… which can come in handy. Gin and tonic is great on a hot day (and I live in Arizona), but that can make you far more angry, and is usually mixed wrong. Rum and coke is a good alternative to bourbon and coke but rum does something else to me… usually get more goofy. Wine gives me a much different drunk than beer… there’s a lot more bathroom runs with beer at least.

What kind of drunk are you? What’s your drink of choice? Have you noticed it changed based on the alcohol? Tell me about it in the comments below!

5 Responses to “Whiskey Makes You Louder”

  1. castorpblog August 21, 2020 at 12:45 pm #

    I have my Korn as a nightcap. Bevor I either have some wine or a beer. Not extensive at all unless I go to my father than it’s two to three beers to start with. Than at least a bottle of wine between the two of us and then two to three whiskeys Irish or Canadian mainly…

  2. Tony Payne August 21, 2020 at 2:26 pm #

    I do enjoy a whisky before bedtime, my choice usually being Famous Grouse, although a good single malt always goes down well.
    Even better for me, but really hard to find n the UK is my favourite rum, Barcelo from Dominican Republic. Easy to pick up in Spain, but not in the UK unfortunately.

  3. Cindy Georgakas August 21, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

    with all of you travel and sad news that scotch must be helping.. lol. hmmm my favorite. can’t pick just one.

  4. Karla Smith August 22, 2020 at 1:40 pm #

    Well, you have seen my liquor cabinet! Single malt scotch, gin, wine, craft beer, I like it all.


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