Alcohol conversation questions
- What is a drug?
- Do you think alcohol is a drug?
- Do you think there is any connection between alcohol and harder drugs?
- Do you know many people who are teetotallers (nondrinkers)?
- What is the percentage of alcohol in the following drinks:
- Spirits like whiskey and vodka.
Health effects of alcohol
- What is an alcoholic? How would you define an alcoholic?
- Have you ever known an alcoholic or someone who drinks heavily?
- What health problems do alcoholics suffer from?
- Should doctors treat the health problems of alcoholics even when the alcoholic does not quit drinking?
- In many parts of the world, the organization Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) offers free meetings to help alcoholics quit drinking. They claim to have the highest success rate (30% of alcoholics no longer drink) compared to any other therapy, including medical therapy. Do you know if AA is in your country? Would you recommend AA to a friend or family member who is an alcoholic?
- Does anyone you know still make any traditional alcoholic drink at home? Have you ever tried it? Why/why not?
- In some regions they serve home-made liqueurs from bottles which have dead animals such as lizards or maggots floating in them. Have you ever been offered any? Would you drink it if you were?
- Is there a typical traditional drink in your region/country? What's it made from? Do the young people drink it, or do they prefer imported brands?
- What are the most popular alcoholic drinks in your country?
- What is your favourite alcoholic drink (if you drink)?
- The UK has a number of traditional drinks. A kind of cider called "scrumpy" is made in the West Country; a type of beer called "real ale" is made over much of the UK; and, of course, malt whisky is made in Scotland. Have you tried any of these and, if so, what was your opinion of them?
- How do people who have drunk a little too much behave?
- What effect does alcohol have on you personally - your behaviour and appearance?
- Do you think there is any difference in the ways that people from different countries drink? Is there any difference in their behaviour after they have been drinking?
- "Binge drinking" is an activity where people go out and regularly drink a lot - frequently young people and frequently at weekends. Why do you think so many people binge-drink?
- In a "pub crawl" you try to visit as many pubs and bars as you can and have a drink in each. Have you ever been on a pub crawl?
- People become less inhibited after drinking. Have you ever regretted anything you have done or said after a few drinks?
- Do you think your ability to speak English improves after a couple of drinks?
- Some people use alcohol when they feel under stress. What do you think about this behaviour?
- Have you ever had a hangover? Describe the symptoms.
- Have you ever had to take time off work because of a hangover? What excuse did you give to your boss?
- Do you feel the need to phone people up to offer an apology in the morning if you have had too much to drink the night before? What do you say?
- What do you think is the cause of a hangover. Alcohol obviously, but does anything else from the previous evening also make you feel bad in the morning?
- Apart from not drinking any alcohol, do you know of any way to avoid having a hangover?
- What is the best cure for a hangover?
- Consider these "cures" - put them in order of usefulness. How many of them have you tried?
- "The hair of the dog" - another alcoholic drink.
- A cold shower.
- A long run.
- Orange juice.
- Drink lots of water.
- If you were to combine these cures what combination would you use?
- How long did your longest hangover last?
Drinking and the law
- At what age can you drink and smoke in your country? Do you think this is the most appropriate age?
- How old were you when you had your first alcoholic drink? Did you enjoy it?
- Do you think that being drunk should be against the law?
- Do you think people can be excused either legally or morally for their actions when drunk?
- Are the drinking and driving laws in your country too strict, not strict enough or just about right?
- In the USA, you cannot drink alcohol on the street. What are the laws regarding drinking in public in your country?
- Should pregnant women be arrested for child abuse if they drink heavily?
- Drinking can be considered in three ways: a minor vice, an illness (alcoholism) or a crime (drunk driving). Should drunk drivers be treated as patients or criminals?
- Is wine a typical drink in your country? Do you drink wine?
- Do you have a preference for red wine, white wine or rosé?
- If you like them all, under what circumstances do you drink each one?
- What kind of wine traditionally accompanies these foods:
- Red meat
- Do you follow these customs, or do you drink whatever you like with these foods?
- What do you know about the wine-making process?
- What's your opinion of the modern use of plastic stoppers instead of corks for wine bottles?
- Do you know how to open a bottle of champagne or other sparkling wines without the content spurting out?
- Have you ever had sparkling wine for breakfast in bed?
- If you decide to have wine with your meal when dining out, do you like to choose from the wine list yourself or do you let the wine waiter recommend something?