Happy Birthday to Me!

Well, I said earlier that I wouldn’t be blogging on holidays, and what could be more of a holiday than my birthday? Yay! New essay tomorrow!

Also, I thought at first it was a little too self-aggrandizing to remind people about my birthday tomorrow and my request for gifts, but people have been asking, I’ll remind everyone I wrote up a list of the things I want for my birthday / December Holidays, if you’re interested in getting me anything.

Furthermore, now that I’m 21, I lose “It’s not legal” as an excuse to refrain from drinking alcohol, so there’s that to look forward to.


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On 11 Dec 2012 in All, Me. 7 Comments.


  1. #1 Kate says:
    11 Dec 2012, 2:59 pm  

    Happy birthday! :)

  2. #2 Peter Hurford (author) says:
    11 Dec 2012, 3:06 pm  


  3. #3 Brian Tomasik says:
    12 Dec 2012, 12:09 am  

    I’ve never drunk alcohol. It’s one of those things for which I see no purpose. There’s no upside but may be downsides, including (1) cost to buy drinks, (2) possibly reduced productivity while not sober (3) chance of doing more stupid things, (4) (remote? but nonzero) possibility of becoming an alcoholic and wishing you’d never begun in the first place, and (5) possibility of some brain damage, especially before you reach your late 20s. Now, many of these don’t apply if you only drink in moderation, but I don’t know if someone can know for sure ahead of time that he won’t become addicted. It seems better just not to find out. Apparently 23% of Americans over age 12 binge drink.

  4. #4 Peter Hurford (author) says:
    12 Dec 2012, 12:11 am  

    I wasn’t planning on drinking much, and certainly not ever buying my own alcohol, so no need to worry about me ;)

  5. #5 joseph says:
    12 Dec 2012, 12:34 am  

    What about ease of socialisation, group bonding and aesthetic pleasure (a good, hearty warm ale on cold winters evening), muscle relaxation, caloric value, vitamin B. Just because these things can be achieved without alcohol, quite easily, doesn’t mean alcohol is devoid of an upside.
    But seriously DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

  6. #6 Brian Tomasik says:
    12 Dec 2012, 12:50 am  

    Yeah, maybe ease of socialization and group bonding, although you can potentially do those without alcohol too. I’m not shy at parties — in fact, I sometimes talk too much about philosophy, animal suffering, etc.

    I’m skeptical that alcohol actually makes you happier in the long run due to the hedonic treadmill, though this isn’t impossible in theory.

    Calories and vitamin B can be obtained at low cost from other sources with much lower downside. (For most people, calories are a downside rather than upside of drinking.)

    All of that said, I don’t think drinking is a huge deal. For example, maybe driving cars is a bigger health risk unless you’re a severe binge drinker. My point is just that I personally see no benefits in beginning the habit.

  7. #7 Kate says:
    12 Dec 2012, 1:43 am  

    You guys think too much. :) You wouldn’t have this problem if you were drinking alcohol right now. :)

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