A drink is a liquid designed especially for consumption by people. In addition to their primary function of quenching thirst, alcoholic drinks also play important cultural roles. Common types of alcoholic drinks include beer, wine, juice, and soda. Historically, warm alcoholic drinks were usually comprised of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, with colder drinks consisting mostly of gin or vodka.
An age-old tradition in many societies around the world is to “tipple.” This is the practice of drinking a small amount of alcohol in a single gulp, without washing one’s mouth. Some tipplers claim that this practice is derived from the fact that straws are relatively inexpensive. However, modern research suggests that the origin of the custom may have more to do with common food ingredients such as corn or peas. Other sources of alcohol that have been associated with tipples include brandy and squash.
Although the original 8 oz. limit for serving alcohol in the United States has now been relaxed to accommodate more casual drinking, a few states still impose a drinking limit of that amount. In most states, a drinker must take one oz. in an alcoholic beverage every hour or less, depending on the state’s regulations.
Some social groups insist on rigid rules regarding consumption of alcohol. For example, the average college student is not allowed to imbibe any amount after the first drink at any social gathering. College students may be required to abstain from drinking all together when taking the class home for the night. Students who live away from home often drink due to peer pressure and are not given the option to imbibe any amount after the first drink. Students who work during the day are not allowed to drink any amount before they go home. At parties with friends who drink, it is common for the non-drinker to take a shot of tequila shots to make the other consume the shot.
If a person cannot handle a drink that contains a lot of alcohol, they are not supposed to imbibe it. For example, a person who has just had two drinks is not supposed to drink another that same evening. An individual who has just eaten should not drink a second helping the same meal. The same principle applies to foods that contain alcohol as well. A person who has just eaten a salad is not supposed to drink a second salad that same evening.
Some people believe that the only time that a person can have too much alcohol is when they are drunk. However, that is not true since one can have a drink too much, but not enough to impair their judgment. Alcohol abuse can lead to serious medical conditions if one is not controlling the amount of drinks that they have in a day. Therefore, the standard drink limits for individuals apply to all people, but there are still some boundaries for others.