A Stoner’s Trip

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2008 09 07, Buzzed on Alcohol, by George Bookman (.txt)

On Saturday morning, around three a.m., I went to a bar with Harleen.  My objective: to get drunk and study the effects.

The bartender was amused that I was not familiar with the protocols of ordering alcohol.  I asked him what sort of chaser he had, and he stared at me as though he were confused.  I asked him if he had, for example, orange juice.  He replied that he did, but did not go on to name any other substances he had on hand that could be used as effective chaser.  He gave me some orange juice with—can you believe it?—ice.

I asked for four shots of vodka.  The bartender stared at me amused.  He told me he could get me one shot, and see how I go from there.

Harleen had a beer.

Over the course of the next hour or two (I’m guessing, as I did not time it), I had three shots.  This was sufficient to get me buzzed, but not drunk.  The buzz eventually wore off, which gave me the perfect opportunity to perform a little test.

Although I was sober, I still presumably had alcohol in my system.  Would I need to ingest three more shots to again feel buzzed, or would fewer suffice?

I took another shot, which as it turns out was enough to throw me back over the edge into a state of being buzzed.  I was not as buzzed as I had felt earlier, but nevertheless the test proved affirmative.

Around sunrise or so, when I was once again ostensibly sober, I had a fifth shot.  This time, it had virtually no effect.  We left that morning around eight a.m.

We slept well into the afternoon.  Late Saturday evening, we went back to the same bar.  This time, I bought myself a half-pound medium-rare burger prior to consuming any alcoholic beverages.  It was quite delicious and filling.

After I finished consuming this burger, I began drinking again.  Over the course of about an hour, I had four shots of vodka.  This time, it had virtually no effect on me.  My hands may or may not have been slightly clumsier than usual (I can’t be objectively sure either way), but none of the visual distortions appeared to me, nor the feeling of lightness in my head, a feeling often associated with alcoholic use.  Without a doubt, the consumption of the burger caused alcohol to be absorbed into my bloodstream at a slower rate.

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