Effect of alcohol on drum practice...?

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Peedy

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eh...not really. Those are survival drugs.

My insulin keeps me alive. Pot, alcohol, cocaine, PCP, meth, heroin, etc. are not needed to survive. They are "luxury" drugs...I don't really know what kind of luxury they bring, but they are not necessary for survival.
Mmmm, I beg to differ on your list by varying gradients.

Tons of people use Med. Marijuana for life saving purposes. A close friend of mine has cancer between his small and large intestine. After the surgery to remove it, the Narcotics they gave him for the pain clogged him up totally. Dr. suggested Med. Pot (this was in 1997). He used it for 6 months and admitted to me that it saved his life. He ain't the only one.

Meth - there are more refined amphetamines that are plenty life saving.

Cocaine - had it in my eyedrops for eye surgery.

Heroin - just partially refined Opiates. Almost every post-op patient would disagree with you there.

In any case, medications are rarely for "life saving" applications. They're way more for maintenance. And without them, your drumming would suffer big time.

Pete
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
personally, I have never liked coffee. I love the smell of it, but hate the taste. My morning drink is usually Bai Brazillia Blueberry or green tea...it used to be Mountain Dew waaayyy back in the day
Gotta have 1 cup in the morning. I dont go crazy with coffee, but really enjoy that one cup each day. I dont drink much soda or energy drinks at all. Never really have.
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
Gotta have 1 cup in the morning. I dont go crazy with coffee, but really enjoy that one cup each day. I dont drink much soda or energy drinks at all. Never really have.
Coffee is my one dietary addiction. I need it morning and afternoon. I take it bold and black, no additives. When I have time and am feeling nostalgic, I use a stovetop percolator. It boils up an Old West campfire brew. Incredibly strong stuff but worth the effort.

The health benefits of black coffee are well documented. It's loaded with antioxidants. But that's not my primary reason for drinking it. I love the flavor and the jolt more than anything. Nothing prepares me better for a round of drumming.
 
Stovetop percolator 👊🏻. The only way to go when ya got the time 👍🏻

Coffee is my one dietary addiction. I need it morning and afternoon. I take it bold and black, no additives. When I have time and am feeling nostalgic, I use a stovetop percolator. It boils up an Old West campfire brew. Incredibly strong stuff but worth the effort.

The health benefits of black coffee are well documented. It's loaded with antioxidants. But that's not my primary reason for drinking it. I love the flavor and the jolt more than anything. Nothing prepares me better for a round of drumming.
 

iCe

Senior Member
Disregarding practice or playing live; i'm 36 now and after a good party i have to recover for a few days now haha. I do notice that when i drink (a lot) and the day after i have a rehearsal, i'm sloppy and have roughly 50% of the stamina i usually have. Since i play drums for fun, that takes the fun out of it, so i don't do that anymore. Same as with drinking and playing; i don't do it, because it affects my feel and above else; i lose my drumsticks when playing. And above else i want control when playing, especially live.
 

RayI

Well-known member
Yes coffee is a must , but go figure after a few Crown Royals on the rocks while practicing I start to sound good lol ...
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I drank beer last night. Not much (4), I am not hungover at all. I dont feel like I would put forth much effort in playing drums today however. My mood for activity is meh.

It might be the beer, maybe not. In the past 2 days I have: replaced leaking washer line valves; replaced clutch and drive coupling in my clothes washer; put hardwood flooring in laundry room; made my porch escape proof for dogs and toddlers. All of this on top of my normal daily routine. I stay active, I think it's the beer. Today's coffee isnt helping either.
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
I drank beer last night. Not much (4), I am not hungover at all. I dont feel like I would put forth much effort in playing drums today however. My mood for activity is meh.

It might be the beer, maybe not. In the past 2 days I have: replaced leaking washer line valves; replaced clutch and drive coupling in my clothes washer; put hardwood flooring in laundry room; made my porch escape proof for dogs and toddlers. All of this on top of my normal daily routine. I stay active, I think it's the beer. Today's coffee isnt helping either.
Get yur butt up here. We needs you.

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Sebenza

Member
I don't really feel any ill effects after drinking the night before, but I have realized early on (25+ years ago) that I can sense my reflexes diminishing after even just one or two beers. It might sound crazy, and I just might be, but under the influence of alcohol I can actually, physically, feel a delay between what my brain orders my limbs to do and when they actually execute it. I have to be honest though, and admit its been so long ago I played anything in a 'serious' setting, that I cant remember if it manifested itself more in an improvisational setting or while performing stuff I knew inside out. I very quickly became straight edge before and during a gig though.

But anyways, it is this exact reasoning I give to people who feel like a moderate amount of alcohol does nothing to their driving skills. They're right...it doesn't, but it does affect their reaction speed and in a traffic emergency that is what counts 99% of the time.

Of course everyone is built differently so there's that...
 

Auspicious

Well-known member
Get yur butt up here. We needs you.

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Ouff I did a job like that once, not has high as you.. but using these machines on soft grounds.. o_O

Is it even legal to use these on soft grounds?

At the end of the first day I became dehydrated and sick, it was terrible. I had so much anxiety that I forgot to drink water, the mix of both sent me to bed in pain at the end of the first day, totally depressed.

The next day I woke up in the morning to trim trees once more and I did a great job in the end, worth many grands.. for 250$

No regrets after all.
 

Auspicious

Well-known member
The coffee discussion made me think about that scene from Pulp Piction lol

Youtube
Pulp Fiction - Jimmy's Coffee
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
I don't know what the effect is, but if you could play as good as your best drum idol, while drunk, would you become an alcoholic?

I know for myself I'd down a fifth of Proper 12 every week if I could play as good as Vinnie Colaiuta!
 
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Hewitt2

Senior Member
I don't know what the effect is, but if you could play as good as your best drum idol, while drunk, would you become an alcoholic?
That brings to mind the broken logic the old jazz cats used for shooting up, because their idol Charlie Parker did and they thought doing the same would make them similarly great.

The risk was worth the reward for them.

But to answer your question, no, primarily because drumming isn’t an occupation for me and I have a family I couldn’t bear to destroy.
 
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