What do your alcohol preferences say about you?

 

 

Alcohol has a profound effect on the complex structures of the brain. It blocks chemical signals between brain cells, leading to the common immediate symptoms of intoxication, including impulsive behavior, slurred speech, poor memory, and slowed reflexes. If heavy drinking continues over a long period of time, the brain adapts to the blocked signals by responding more dramatically to certain brain chemicals.

After alcohol leaves the system, the brain continues over activating the neurotransmitters, causing painful and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms that can damage brain cells. This damage is made worse by drinking binges and sudden withdrawal. Alcohol’s damage to the brain can take several forms. The first is neurotoxicity, which occurs when neurons overreact to neurotransmitters for too long.

Too much exposure to a neurotransmitter can cause neurons to eventually “burn out.” Since neurons make up the pathways between different parts of the brain, when they begin burning out, it can cause a noticeable slowing in the reactions of these pathways

“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He’s taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of his death from being a total surprise.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”
― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

whiskey and natural ice on old wooden table

“Start the Quiz”

  • Question of

    You’ve just had a stressful day and you NEED to unwind. What are you most likely to reach for?

    • Wine
    • Beer/Cider
    • Mixed spirit
  • Question of

    Describe yourself after a night out drinking.

    • The wild one
    • The one who keeps talking about finding something to eat
    • The responsible one
  • Question of

    Red wine, white wine, or rosé?

    • Red
    • Rosé
    • White
  • Question of

    Choose a fictional character to have a drink with

    • Olivia Pope
    • Dean Winchester
    • Tyrion Lannister
  • Question of

    Are you more of a social drinker or an at home watching tv drinker?

    • Social drinker
    • At home drinker
  • Question of

    Which of these things happens to you most when you’re drunk?

    • You always get emotional
    • You always lose something
    • You always spend way too much money
  • Question of

    Your friend just ordered another round but you’ve got work in the morning and you’re already tipsy. You…

    • I really should be going
    • Okay, just this one last drink, then I’m outta here
    • If they’re buying, I’m drinking!
  • Question of

    What’s your hangover cure?

    • Lots and lots of water
    • Sleep… all day
    • Hair of the dog a.k.a. more drinks!
    • Food… I need food
    • Medicine or an old home remedy
  • Question of

    Which fictional character(s) would you rather have a drink with?

    • Don Draper from ‘Mad Men’
    • Tyrion Lannister from ‘Game of Thrones’
    • Doug, Alan, Phil & Stu from ‘The Hangover’
  • Question of

    And which of these REAL characters would you love to bend an elbow with?

    • Mark Twain
    • Marilyn Monroe
    • Ernest Hemingway
    • Dorothy Parker
    • Snoop (Y’damn right!)
  • Question of

    How do you take your liquor?

    • Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots!
    • Neat or on the rocks
    • In a mixed drink
    • In a fancy or fruity cocktail
  • Question of

    Why do you drink?

    • To relax at the end of a long week
    • To get completely and utterly smashed
    • To have a little fun every now and then
  • Question of

    What kind of music do you like while putting one back?

    • Soft and classy
    • Fun and upbeat
    • Wild and crazy
    • Pretty much anything
  • Question of

    Your friends would describe you as the…

    • Loud, messy drunk
    • Quite, laid back drunk
    • Happy, carefree drunk
    • Sober, designated driver

What kind of relationship are you in?

Which iconic couple are you and your boyfriend most like?