LessWrong experience on Alcohol

fol­low­ing on from this thread:

http://​​less­wrong.com/​​lw/​​m14/​​id_like_ad­vice_from_lw_re­gard­ing_mi­graines/​​c9kr?con­text=3

User Al­gon asked:
I don’t drink al­co­hol, but is it re­ally all that? I just as­sumed that most peo­ple have al­co­holic bev­er­ages for the ‘buzz’/​in­tox­i­ca­tion.

I re­lated my ex­pe­rience:

I have come to the con­clu­sion that I taste things differ­ently to a large sub­set of the pop­u­la­tion. I have a very sweet tooth and am very sen­si­tive to bit­ter flavours.

I don’t eat olives, most al­co­hol only tastes like the al­co­holic af­ter­taste (which ap­par­ently some peo­ple don’t taste) - imag­ine the strongest burn­ing taste of the purest al­co­hol you have tasted, some peo­ple never taste that, I taste it with nearly ev­ery al­co­holic bev­er­age. Beer is usu­ally awfully bit­ter too.

The only wine I could ever bother to drink is desert wine (its very sweet) and only slowly. (or also a half shot of rum and maple syrup)

Hav­ing said all this—yes; some peo­ple love their al­co­holic bev­er­ages for their flavours.

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I am won­der­ing what the sen­sory ex­pe­rience of other LW users is of al­co­hol. Do you drink (if not why not?)? Do you have spe­cific prefer­ences? Do you have a par­tic­u­lar pallet for foods (prob­a­bly rele­vant)?

I hy­poth­e­sise a lower pro­por­tion of drinkers than the rest of the pop­u­la­tion. (sub­ject of course to cul­tural norms where you come from)

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Edit: I will make an­other post in a week about taste prefer­ences be­cause (as we prob­a­bly already know) hu­man tastes vary. I did want to men­tion that I avoid spicy things ex­cept for sweet chilli which is not spicy at all. And I don’t drink coffee (be­cause it tastes bad and I am always very awake and never need caf­feine to wake me up). I am also quite sure I am a su­per-taster but wanted to not use that word for con­cern that the jar­gon might con­fuse peo­ple who don’t yet know about it.

Thanks for all the re­sponses! This has been re­ally in­ter­est­ing and ex­actly what I ex­pected (num­ber of posts)!

In re­gards to ex­pe­riences, I would men­tion that heavy drink­ing is linked with nearly ev­ery health prob­lem you could think of and I am sur­prised we had a se­lec­tion of sev­eral heavy drinkers (to those who are heavy drinkers I would sug­gest read­ing about the health im­pli­ca­tions and re­con­sid­er­ing the lifestyle, it sounds like most of you are not ad­dicted). about the heavy drinkers—I sus­pect that is not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of av­er­age, but rather the peo­ple who feel they are out­liers de­cided to men­tion their cases (of peo­ple who did not re­ply; there are prob­a­bly none or very few heavy drinkers, whereas there are prob­a­bly some who did not re­ply and are light drinkers or did not re­ply and don’t drink).

I hope to re­ply to a bunch of the com­ments and should get to it in the next few days.

Thank you again! Maybe this should be in­cluded on the next sur­vey...

Edit 2: fol­low up post -http://​​less­wrong.com/​​r/​​dis­cus­sion/​​lw/​​m3j/​​tally_of_less­wrong_ex­pe­rience_on_al­co­hol/​​