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Monday, December 18, 2006
Are you "Merry"?
In England, (and maybe in this country, in some parts,) "merry" refers to being slightly and good-naturedly drunk. It got me to wondering about the drinking habits of emergent women on this blog. Will we all be having a MERRY Christmas....

I’m curious, so here's the official question: Do you ladies drink? If so, how often, and how much? Think of it as an informal survey.

Happy Holidays!
or Cheers! as the case may be.
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  • At 12/18/2006 12:53:00 PM, Blogger lydia

    Yes, though not very often.

    On average I drink 2-4 times a year. Most of the time it will be a "girly" drink (i.e. a margarita or a vodka & juice drink of some sort), and I'll only have one of them.

    I'd probably drink more often if it wasn't such an expensive habit. :)

  • At 12/18/2006 01:41:00 PM, Blogger CSDL

    I drink occasionally.

    I drank like a fish is college, but grad school calmed me down. I still like the occasional beer or margarita.

  • At 12/18/2006 03:04:00 PM, Anonymous Nicole

    My husband (a pastor) & I drink whenever we have the opportunity, which is usually Sunday evenings with our extended family (wine w/dinner), a few nights per month of him & the guys at a bar, and serving wine with dinner in our home whenever we have guests who are comfortable.

    We do spend quite a bit of time with non-Christians & alcohol is always part of those activities. I agree with Lydia - if it wasn't so expensive, it might be more regular!

  • At 12/18/2006 04:15:00 PM, Anonymous Jamie Hollis

    My husband and I drink about twice per week when the freelancing is paying decently and hardly at all when the money just isn't coming in. I enjoy wine over dinner or a beer or two while finishing up my studies. Whenever we visit our in-laws (about 2 or 3 times per year) they have margaritas waiting for us at the door, but that is something we never get around to making at home.

  • At 12/18/2006 04:50:00 PM, Blogger Amy

    My husband and I enjoy wine with dinner on occasion (meaning once, maybe twice a month).

  • At 12/18/2006 05:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    As for me, it's about the same. A few times per month socially. It's nice to have wine with dinner out, but I don't think about it all that much at home.

  • At 12/18/2006 05:59:00 PM, Blogger Amy

    We actually normally drink at home. (With three kids 5 and under, we don't have time or money to go out much these days).

    A glass of wine with the rare nice meal I make is a nice treat for us. One of these days we'll go out again... :)

  • At 12/18/2006 06:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Julie and I drink a few times a week, usually a glass of wine or beer with dinner. If we go out for dinner we'll usually get margaritas or beer depending on the restaurant or type of food. Sometimes we drink socially with friends or people from church, but this is rare as most of the people in our church are post-evangelicals who are just starting to get over their hang-ups about the evangelical alcohol taboo.

  • At 12/18/2006 08:07:00 PM, Blogger Michele L

    I used to drink a lot more in my "wild" days! Somehow when I became a mom, I became designated driver (my husband likes to drink more than I). It sort of stuck. Now when I drink, it's usually GIRLY drinks, and not much (as it doesn't take much to light me up these days) I honestly could have alcohol in my house for years and I wouldn't touch it...I just don't think about it. It is a social thing for me, but even then, I usually let my husband have his fun, and I get us home! ;)

  • At 12/18/2006 08:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    I've been pregnant or breastfeeding for such a long time, I'm not really sure what my drinking habits would like like minus the minors drinking from me! Probably it would look like me having a drink once or twice a month. Theortically I think it would be nice to have wine with dinner once a week or so.

    My personal favorite drinks are white russians, toasted almonds and chocolate martinis. Yeah, you could say I have a sweet tooth. Oh yes, and Baily's Irish Cream. The only time I've ever been truly drunk was on Baily's Irish cream, which I kept pouring over vanilla ice cream until I fell asleep in the corner. It just tasted so good, I couldn't believe it was THAT alcoholic! I guess I wasn't a particularly exciting drunk :)

    Mostly when I go out dancing with friends I choose not to drink, at least until after I've been out on the dance floor to demonstrate that it is possible to have a great time and be uninhibited without the aid of alcohol. I have no problem with alcohol, except that so many in our society seem to be overly dependent on it to "loosen up" and have a good time, or as a primary social activity. I think alcohol is nice to enjoy, but nothealthy to use as a crutch on a regular basis.

  • At 12/18/2006 10:10:00 PM, Blogger Nancy

    Yeah? Well, I can drink you all under the table. ; )

    (just kidding)

  • At 12/18/2006 10:59:00 PM, Blogger Cary

    Growing up, drinking was taboo. My parents still hold to that view. When I lost some of my hang-ups, I tried several of my hubby's drinks and even ordered a girly drink of my own. I was so bummed out that I had paid so much extra for a drink that I loved the virgin form of and didn't really like the alcoholic version. I decided it's just too expensive to go to the trouble of acquiring a taste for it.

  • At 12/20/2006 10:52:00 AM, Blogger Melanie@Abri

    I went from rabid tee-totaller in my teens and early twenties to raging boozer in my mid twenties and now, in my early thirties, I have a happy medium of being able to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine without getting obnoxious. I'm giving up in the new year in order to lose a few pounds and sleep better. I adore a good Chilean Merlot, a ice cold Corona with a slice of lime, a vodka martini with a green olive and a shot of Black Bush. But not all together you understand! And no, just because I am Irish I am not enraptured by Guinness. Someone mentioned Baileys poured over ice cream...ummm, sounds gooooooood!

  • At 12/20/2006 01:16:00 PM, Blogger Julie

    Like Mike said, we have wine a few times a week with dinner. Usually not expensive stuff, but decent cheap stuff from Trader Joe's. We don't drink pop and Mike gets coffee free from work, so the beverage budget goes to wine. I'm currently on a Pinot Grigio kick, but spiced hot wine is great this time of year.

    For fun bar drinks - I like a good margerita. Ameretto on the rocks is a favorite, as are Baileys and cream, and Dirty Girl Scouts (kahula, vodka, cream, and peppermint schnapps). I hate being drunk or more than slightly tipsy so its never a lot at once. I went to a christian college so I never experienced the drunk college party thing, although I have been to Cancun...

  • At 12/20/2006 01:26:00 PM, Blogger Sarah Notton

    I didn't have my first drink until way after I turned 21, thanks to the Pentecostal college experience and knowing that I was silly enough sober.

    My wonderful husband got me drinking dark microbrewed beers from the start, and now I have a porter or stout (or three) a week. Who would think that they could make beer taste so much like coffee and chocolate? :-) Our emergent cohort in Indy will often meet at a brewpub.

    And during the holidays, nothing says "winter warmup" like the new Mint Chocolate Baileys...goes great with gift wrapping. (I haven't tried the Caramel variation yet, but I hear it's also wonderful.)

    The "rule" at our river house is that enjoyment of well-crafted beverages is encouraged; drunkenness is unacceptable.

  • At 12/20/2006 05:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    SORRY JULIE- That's not a dirty girl scout. Yours sounds thin minty though. yum.

    Dirty girl scout

    1 oz White Creme de Menthe
    1 oz Vodka
    1 oz Kahlua
    1 oz Bailey's irish cream

    Mixing instructions:

    Mix the vodka, Kahlua and Bailey's and pour over ice. Pour the Creme de menthe down the center of the glass. Looks gross, but tastes delicious!

  • At 12/21/2006 12:26:00 AM, Blogger sylvia skinner

    Gosh, for a Baptist girl this is a very interesting conversation. My husband and I didn't really drink anything until we were in our 30's and I think that was probably good. We married young and had children, so partying wasn't part of our lives and we were always in pretty conservative circles.

    We really only drink red wine (and my husband loves those obnoxious dark beers) with dinner or at an Italian restaurant--can't eat at Olive Garden without a good glass of red wine. I'm glad to keep hearing that it's good for my heart and I would say we drink only in moderation--without getting drunk. I'll enjoy a very rare mixed drink--Long Islands--yum, yum but one is more than enough!!

    I'm glad someone said something about driving,though. I really have no objection to what anyone chooses to drink or how much they enjoy, but please don't ever drink and drive. Can you tell I went to a MADD meeting once? I think everyone with a driver's license should have to go to one of those--it's pretty sobering!

    Salut! and Merry, merry Christmas!

  • At 12/21/2006 09:58:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Just like most things in life, maturity and responsibility are key. For some, there is no such thing as one drink.

    Those with an alcoholic predisposition I think should choose libations very wisely. Growing up, drinking alcohol was the same as sinning. I realized later, my convictions do not subscribe to this idea. For me, my conscience dictates moderation. I have failed that a few times, to be honest, but 98% of the time alcohol has been a very minor, and enjoyable aspect to my life, and friendships. Just a treat enjoyed on occasion. I’m encouraged to see the wisdom spoken here.

  • At 12/22/2006 07:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    It is a joy to be fully alive in the awareness of who I am as God's child. It means for me that every experience I enjoy is infused with the vitality of the presence of a God who created me to be a very sense-ual person. I know that He loves me and wants me to live fully. I am grateful for the freedom He gives me as well as the wisdom to appreciate what He has made good in balance and moderation. It is my responsibility as a recipient of all of His gifts to be their good steward. I now look forward to the arrival of my husband's and my first-born, a son. When he has come and no longer needs me for his nourishment, I look forward with much anticipation to a fine wine with meals and friends. Until then, charge a glass in my stead.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  • At 12/26/2006 04:13:00 PM, Blogger lydia

    please don't ever drink and drive

    A family here in Toronto was hit by a drunk driver very recently - I think it was on Christmas Eve, but I'm not sure.

    Anyways, one of the parents and two of the children died as a result of that accident. The mother and one teenage daughter are still alive. But what a tragedy.

  • At 12/29/2006 07:17:00 PM, Blogger Sally

    ummm I am European so... yes we drink- red wine mainly with most evening meals- but never never drink and drive!


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