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Do you drink alcohol?

  • yes, every week or almost so

    Votes: 2 14.3%
  • yes, every month at least

    Votes: 2 14.3%
  • yes, occasionally

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • yes, but very rarely

    Votes: 2 14.3%
  • yes, rarely and never enough to be drunk

    Votes: 4 28.6%
  • no, and never have

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • no, because I used to and it was not good for me

    Votes: 2 14.3%
  • I am not infp but want to vote in the poll

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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I saw another thread that made me wonder about infps and drinking. So curious to see what the poll might show. I can imagine it going various ways.

If you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts about your choice feel free to post about that too. Please state your type if so.

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Myself I don't drink, it has several reasons, like that I know myself(and family) and that I would quite likely be prone to becoming addicted, not really feeling the need, not liking feeling not in control, it being expensive, and... I don't really think it is all bad, at a societal level, it seems to bring a lot of positives to other people too, but also bad things, and I would wish it was less of a norm (and where I live I think it has gone more in that direction in the last two decades, but perhaps a bit further would be beneficial), that people should feel that it is ok to not drink(at all or occasionally), and still be able to participate in social activities.
 

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I really wanted to like alcohol. My idea of a nice evening is to be able to eat some pasta on a restaurant's outdoor seating area with a glass of red wine then have a random stranger just sitting down and having a chat. It just all fit. Then I tried alcohol.

Unfortunately, alcoholic drinks taste really bad. I was able to drink around five spoonfuls of beer at one point, that was about it. I cook often with sake, and in expectation that somehow I've "acquired" the taste for alcohol, I test it. Then spit it out. If the alcohol content is low enough (it's in a heavily diluted cocktail) I will be able to drink it. I'm pretty sure that doesn't count though.

I never want to inhibit my mental faculties that heavily anyway. If I was struggling through emotional hardship, I think it's important to face those emotions head-on. Being a doofus under the influence of alcohol also doesn't sound appealing to me, so I would never drink heavily. One day I might acquire a taste for alcohol, but until then I get to appreciate the subtleties of coffee and tea. (INFP)
 

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I really wanted to like alcohol. My idea of a nice evening is to be able to eat some pasta on a restaurant's outdoor seating area with a glass of red wine then have a random stranger just sitting down and having a chat. It just all fit. Then I tried alcohol.

Unfortunately, alcoholic drinks taste really bad. I was able to drink around five spoonfuls of beer at one point, that was about it. I cook often with sake, and in expectation that somehow I've "acquired" the taste for alcohol, I test it. Then spit it out. If the alcohol content is low enough (it's in a heavily diluted cocktail) I will be able to drink it. I'm pretty sure that doesn't count though.

I never want to inhibit my mental faculties that heavily anyway. If I was struggling through emotional hardship, I think it's important to face those emotions head-on. Being a doofus under the influence of alcohol also doesn't sound appealing to me, so I would never drink heavily. One day I might acquire a taste for alcohol, but until then I get to appreciate the subtleties of coffee and tea. (INFP)
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I can’t drink because of awful physical reactions to the alcohol. My heart rate soars, I get shaky and then of course, the next day I feel terrible. And I mean death warmed over. No, I have other addictions I battle: the easily obtainable “Sugar” - - life sustaining Coffee, and book- buying.
 

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I drink now and then. Mostly a beer or wine with dinner, or a brew while watching sports. Seems I'll have one nightly for several days then just go a couple of weeks without wanting one.

When I was younger I abused it some. That pretty much ruined any desire for tequila, that was a big trouble maker for me. But, yeah, that desire to be drunk thankfully left me years and years ago.
 

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I have to say, I've never met an INFP who had much interest in alcohol. I would chalk it up to Ne more than anything. In fact I've never known (of) any Ne or Si user that struggled with alcoholism. I could see it happening in some cases especially in like XSFJs if it became a part of a person's lifestyle but I think alcohol in and of itself is just a lot more appealing to Se due to the altered sensory stimulation.
 

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I have to say, I've never met an INFP who had much interest in alcohol. I would chalk it up to Ne more than anything. In fact I've never known (of) any Ne or Si user that struggled with alcoholism. I could see it happening in some cases especially in like XSFJs if it became a part of a person's lifestyle but I think alcohol in and of itself is just a lot more appealing to Se due to the altered sensory stimulation.
In what way do you think Ne affects the choice/habit?

I think it can go both ways. I have seen people on this forum through the years express both, and the only confirmed infps I have known elsewhere, one was alcoholic and the other never drank more than a glass of wine occasionally. I can imagine Ne sort of makes alcohol a bit redundant, for me it is a bit of that I think, I can spin into that goofy(?) state many seem to strive for with alcohol, without any, if comfortable in the situation. But there is also introversion, and how that could both mean people don't hang out drinking as much, but also that people might want help to be able to socialise more, to be able to cope in crowded and loud environments like parties and bars, to be able to talk to strangers... (I very rarely go to such places myself, it is too much, unless it is a concert, and it does mean socialising has suffered some). And Fi, and how when things go wrong and guilt and shame come knocking, it could be easy to self-medicate.

But I am just guessing, so I am curious to hear more about how people think about it, in relation to type.
 

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In what way do you think Ne affects the choice/habit?

I think it can go both ways. I have seen people on this forum through the years express both, and the only confirmed infps I have known elsewhere, one was alcoholic and the other never drank more than a glass of wine occasionally. I can imagine Ne sort of makes alcohol a bit redundant, for me it is a bit of that I think, I can spin into that goofy(?) state many seem to strive for with alcohol, without any, if comfortable in the situation. But there is also introversion, and how that could both mean people don't hang out drinking as much, but also that people might want help to be able to socialise more, to be able to cope in crowded and loud environments like parties and bars, to be able to talk to strangers... (I very rarely go to such places myself, it is too much, unless it is a concert, and it does mean socialising has suffered some). And Fi, and how when things go wrong and guilt and shame come knocking, it could be easy to self-medicate.

But I am just guessing, so I am curious to hear more about how people think about it, in relation to type.
I think Ne tends to want to see a need for things, see how they fit into the big picture, and is more stimulated/drawn to activities that feel interesting in that way, whereas Se when it gets too compulsive can get addicted to the raw sensory experience in and of itself.

People who just drink socially or for social reasons or at parties etc, I wouldn't consider having a problem with alcohol. Though yeah in the case of INFPs I feel like I've observed that they are usually more on the side of being disinterested in it in general in any context.
 

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I drink occasionally to treat myself or celebrations/holidays/B-days. I like a good glass of my favorite wine or beer. Just recently I was thinking of my favorite beer ice cold in this weather. But I don't drive and the liquor store that was in walking distance is no longer there. Oh well.
 

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well shit i like alcohol.
pour myself some liquid, put good music on and write poems and thoughts, or work on my photos.
alcohol eases and broadens my mind, gets it all "dancey" and...bolder. which i definitely like.
 
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