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A report commissioned by Australia’s peak scientific body has concluded that people who drink hard liquor straight from the bottle are ‘definitely’ not thinking about tomorrow.

Glenn Davidson, from the CSIRO, told our reporters that a number of problem binge drinkers were surveyed for the study and nearly all respondents replied that their mind was elsewhere when drinking.

“It’s a common misconception that partygoers that sip whiskey or another brown spirit are having a good time, that they’re living in the moment,” he said.

“We found that the opposite is often the case,”

“You cannot consciously enjoy 33 standard drinks in under an hour and still be thinking about tomorrow. If you’re thinking about tomorrow, you have two beers and drive home. People who do that type of reckless drinking are doing it for a whole other reason.”

Just what those reasons are have become a matter of speculation for the CSIRO, who admitted that problem drinkers abuse alcohol for a myriad of reasons.

One being low-self-esteem and a complete, detailed feeling of self-loathing.

That’s according to one local graphic designer, who spoke to The Advocate briefly about his drinking habits at parties.

“Yes, I drink whiskey out tha [sic] bottle whenever I attend parties,” he said.

“Even dinner parties. My friends all bring nice bottles of wine and whatnot. I turn up with a bottle of Fireball and inhaled it in 20 minutes. Don’t ask me why I do it, it just makes me feel good,”

“It is what it is. Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.”

More to come.


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