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Questions are a burden to others, answers a prison for oneself
Dunno why this won't turn into a proper poll, the markup looks fine to me. Oh well, you'll just have to do-it-yourself.



1. Which of the following is most likely to help me sleep?
[ ] hot bath
[ ] trashy books
[ ] gin
[ ] herbal sleeping tablets (valerian and wild lettuce or something like that)
[ ] diazepam (past its best-before date, but never mind)
[ ] a blow to the head with a blunt object
[ ] lots of lemsip and sudafed and paracetamol and aspirin so I can actually breathe properly & my throat doesn't hurt all the fucking time



2. I was going to go and see a friend tomorrow but I don't think I'd be very good company at the moment, I don't think I'm up to much in the way of socialising. Should I:
[ ] just tell them I don't feel like going out
[ ] make up some feeble excuse about having too much work (which would actually be sort of true as well)
[ ] go anyway and be miserable
[ ] go anyway and pretend to be in a good mood
[ ] go anyway and hope that they can lift my spirits a bit



3. Okay, I got bored between question 1 and this one, so I already started on the gin. Should I:
[ ] Keep drinking! Everything looks better through the bottom of a bottle
[ ] Keep drinking, but for god's sake switch to the cheap party-profit gin instead of wasting the Plymouth
[ ] Keep drinking, but not gin
[ ] Stop drinking and go for one of the other sleep strategies mentioned in question 1
[ ] Stop drinking and do something completely different



4. The same old question. Should I:
[ ] Give up?
[ ] Give up?
[ ] Give up?

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rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: August 3rd, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sheesh. Easy.

1. gin (if that's your drug of choice right now)
2. go anyway and be miserable and go anyway and hope that they can lift my spirits a bit are not mutually exclusive
3. drinking helps put you to sleep, if you do it seriously. the result might not be all that pleasant, though
4. there's never too much beer.

cheers,
&r
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Sheesh. Easy.

1. gin (if that's your drug of choice right now)
2. <cite>go anyway and be miserable</cite> and <cite>go anyway and hope that they can lift my spirits a bit</cite> are not mutually exclusive
3. drinking helps put you to sleep, if you do it seriously. the result might not be all that pleasant, though
4. there's never too much beer.

cheers,
&r<who mulls over the possibilites of a fast car and solid concrete walls for months now. steadily>w
j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
the result might not be all that pleasant, though

I find it's usually okay if you get to the "passing out" stage before getting to the "crawling around on the floor begging to be allowed to die" stage. Getting the timing right is tricky, though.

there's never too much beer

There's no beer in the house that I want to drink, either, AFAIK (and going downstairs to check is too much like effort right now). Only some Whitechapel Porter (which will not go with the gin) and some Blandford Fly which is too nice (& too hard to find in the shops) to waste on trying to annihilate my consciousness.
huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: August 3rd, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blandford Fly like the ones that bite you and your limbs swell up? No joke if you live round where I were raised.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um, possibly. Though I've never yet been bitten by a beer. Unless you count not realising quite how lethal Chimay Bleu was going to be.
nja From: nja Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a B33R made by Badger. Not a badger. The label and website claim it contains one of ginger's most ancient constituents, which makes me wonder what the more recent constituents of ginger are. I have to say I found it had a "subtle spicy ginger character" in the same way that Pernod has a subtle aniseed character.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first mouthful or two of Fly taste really gingery, and then the rest just tastes like beer. Mind you I get that reaction to most beer: banana bread beer tastes like CAKE for the first two mouthfuls, then tastes like FLAT BEER. Still, it's what the girlies want.

Gin, on the other hand, never stops tasting of gin. Hurrah for gin. MORE GIN.

And Pernod is extra-double-sweet super-yummy. (Though if I'm going to drink pastis I prefer Ricard.) I would say "I'll switch to that when I run out of gin", but there's another seven bottles of gin to go, so I may be some time.
nja From: nja Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmm, Gin. If you drink rum and coke, the caffeine in the coke counteracts the alcohol in the rum, so that's effectively non-alcoholic. I was told this by friends who had just come back from Cuba, I think the amount of gin I had drunk by that point was the only thing that induced me to start drinking non-alcoholic rum and coke. Normally I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole, as it tastes vile. I think that was the day I went out for a quiet Boxing Day lunchtime drink with J and H and ended up (as usual when I go out with them) barely able to walk and in urgent need of sleep by the end of the afternoon (booze makes me love everyone and then go to sleep).

Tonight I am drinking peppermint tea, because the only booze I have in the house is l*g*r.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you drink rum and coke, the caffeine in the coke counteracts the alcohol in the rum, so that's effectively non-alcoholic.

If you drink a diet fizzy drink with yer chocolate bar, they cancel each other out, so they have NO CALORIES. Fact!

Rum and coke is vile, it's what I used to drink at the village pub as a teenager because I wasn't cool enough to order Archers & Lemonade and the pub didn't do K cider. I hadn't discovered beer yet, mind you they probably didn't do that either. It was a bit of a yuppie pub.

As for l*g*r, if you keep it cool enough that you can't taste it much, it does as summer fizzy. So long as you keep telling yourself it's not beer, it's just lemonade that's gone a bit off.
From: besskeloid Date: August 3rd, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pernod is extra-double-sweet super-yummy.

Madwoman! At least fennel tea rinses you out, & absinthe sends you loopier quicker.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 4th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Pernod is like aniseed balls, though. Whereas fennel tea is more, um, tea-like. And absinthe results in rotten hangovers, though it does indeed send you impressively loopy.

The first time I had absinthe it made me feel really quite pleasantly stoned, in a kind of wow-everything-is-fluffy-and-warm-and-beautiful kind of way. Never been able to recapture that effect with it -- maybe it was the quality of the absinthe (it was proper stuff from forn parts) that I haven't been able to reproduce...
From: besskeloid Date: August 4th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aniseed bollocks, more like!
From: besskeloid Date: August 4th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first mouthful or two of Fly taste really gingery, and then the rest just tastes like beer.

Try a Ginger Marble if you're ever in Chorlton. It's gingery all the way down.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 5th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
gingery all the way down

Oo-er missus!
rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: August 4th, 2004 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, I never (AFAICR) got to the begging-to-die stage as alcohol tends to make me tired, and eventually just puts me to sleep.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 4th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't recommend the begging-to-die stage. Not much fun, really.

However I can now attest that gin + valium results in a really good night's sleep. No waking-up-in-the-night, no dreams, and bright and alert with no hangover in the morning. Amazing!
rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: August 4th, 2004 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I know begging-to-die - situations all too well (once every other year or so I get headaches so bad that I can't even move enough to get a pill or something), with me they're just not connected with alcohol.

And you probably shouldn't have told me about gin&valium ;) : sleeping as badly as I do since G. left, a single night of solid, undisturbed sleep is #2 on my wishlist right now.
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j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
What on earth is "puev ig"?
lnr From: lnr Date: August 3rd, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
give up backwards.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah. Is that better than giving up forwards?
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j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Does it not work when it's past its best-before?
3. It seems like a bit of a waste of the decent stuff.
4. I ran out of angles. :-(

(Just mistyped that as "angels". I ran out of those too.)
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j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Oh well. Unlikely to do any harm though? If I think it's going to work it might work... :-}
3. Even the cheap stuff isn't really bad. I mean it's not Sainsburys Economy Gin, it's probably London Dry or that weird organic stuff.

Nobody else's perspectives seem to work. But thank you for the hugs.
From: angua Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am the proud owner of a bottle of Social Realist Gin as named by lizn

It's the value gin from Tesco's with a plain white label with Gin written in large unfriendly letters on the bottle.

It's actually not as bad as you might expect but any gin in a storm or something.
emperor From: emperor Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) I like gin. gin good. I'd take the diazepam back to the pharmacist for disposal.

2)The first or last, depending on how you feel - be honest with the person concerned.

3) Gin. Plymouth is nice - I have a glass in front of me now :)

4) no.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 3rd, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
1. Gin good. Indeed. Diazepam fucks up sleep patterns but at least I get some sleep. Don't want to take it back to the pharmacist, they will look at me funny (as always).

2. Yeah, I know really. I try to be honest as far as possible. Which is why it HURTS SO FUCKING MUCH being lied to all the time. But that's another story.

3. Mmmm gin.

4. Why not?
From: rmc28 Date: August 4th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* is inadequate and trite but is all the constructiveness I have available right now.

Oddly, the post immediately above this in my Friends view is also about gin: http://www.livejournal.com/users/uffish_mpk/28321.html?style=mine
hairyears From: hairyears Date: August 5th, 2004 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)

[1] Take a hot shower: pleasantly invigorating but not such a shock to the system (like a cold shower) as to wake you up. You'll find it easier to relax afterwards. Trashy books help me sleep, but this is your sleepless night, not mine. Sex helps, in an indirect way: sharing a bed with someone you'd rather not have sex with right now, when they rather would, makes you very very sleepy indeed. Try not to snore.

[2] Go anyway: tell them you need your spirits lifting and industrial hydraulic jacks or a construction crane will be required. At the very least, they will ply you with chocolate.

[3] Keep drinking, but not gin. Or at least put some vermouth in it. Long drinks help you sleep, spirits inflame the passions and lead to fevers of the brain. The exception is hot brandy, inhaled rather than imbibed or taken in coffee: counterintuitive, but effective as a languorous way of inducing sleep.

[4] Er, well, if at first you don't succeed, give up. Or cheat. Or do it some other way.

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