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    There will be a lot of different opinions to this question none 100% right and none 100% wrong. Mine is the fact that the original post author felt the need to ask this question answers the question. If you're not sure if doing ANYTHING after you've been drinking you probably shouldn't do it.

    I understand the guns may not be loaded when handling, cleaning and tinkering with them while drinking but mistakes tend to be more likely after drinking. Could you accidentally not put the gun back together right after a few drinks? I'd hate to need my gun to protect my family and realize it doesn't function right because I was drunk when I strpiied it down and reassembled it.

    Alcohol and firearms don't mix in my opinion. Alcohol affects judgment, coordination, hand/eye skills. In Florida if you are drunk and go to your car to get something out of the trunk you can be charged with DUI because, as the law reads, "You have the ability to get in the vehicle and drive due to having the keys in your possession". They are worried your judgment could be affected and you might decide to drive. Same idea with guns. Your judgment might be affected and you think, "I can load the gun and put it away, I've only had 4 drinks".
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    If you are having a drink or two that's one thing, if you're consuming half a bottle that's another. personally i don't see anything wrong with it. I have spent a good portion of my life working on things while having a drink or two. Two is my limit unless drinking is what I'm planning on for the night then i just do that one thing but that's a once or twice a year thing. Now shooting a drinking is another whole thing and that's frowned upon. Anyone here who thinks he shouldn't ever use a gas grill to cook while drinking a beer in the summer?
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    Every stock I ever made was done with the help of a little Bushmills, Jaimeson, or Balviene Double Wood 12 yr. old Scotch. I am allowed two drinks per day. Of course I seldom use power tools in my stock making, and never when drinking. That is why I can still count to ten with my shoes on, and my fly zipped up. As soon as the doc ends this antibiotic regimen I will again allow myself two drinks a day.
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    Maybe I should have added that it's a single nightcap and I'm nowhere near intoxicated. It's usually two fingers of Scotch, I'm having a drink not drinking. I've had a nightcap like this every evening for years and it's the only drink I have each day. Except on Sundays when I'm in Las Vegas, don't drink or gamble on Sunday. I don't want God getting irritated with me when I'm sitting at the Blackjack table. Speaking on Blackjack, Armarin do you like Johnny Walker Black? The black has a little more of a smokey taste over the red.

    Edit to add: I wasn't asking for my benefit or questioning if I was safe with my firearms, I am very safety conscious when I have any firearm in my hands. Just thought it would make a good topic for discussion.
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    i am of two minds on the subject..........

    growing up, we were not exactly living in a PC world nor was our little part of Texas exactly in step. It was often said that we seemed to be 20 years behind the times....

    Anyways, alcohol was a fact of life. No pc announcements on the evils of alcohol, and alcohol was very much a part of social structure. Now that by no way makes it right, but dove hunting drinking beer was acceptable, and a bottle of Cutty Sark to warm you in the pickup while deer hunting was acceptable. Needless to say a room full of loaded guns and socializing after a hunt was acceptable with a few beers. And to be honest, a lot of that is still going on. IF this was challenged, they would immediately turn it into a politically correct attempt at controlling behavior instead of any safety concerns.

    A lot of it is the social norms i guess as to how one was raised, or perhaps what is acceptable for the area......as i said, not much seems to have changed around here.

    on the other hand, in my profession, i have certainly worked plenty of alcohol related accidents, shootings, fights, and injuries where alcohol was a contributing factor.......those folks did not know their limitations.

    So, its your house, and your guns. A man has got to know his limitations and i guess you know yours. Its not my call to make....its yours. If we are saying one shot of whiskey is a giant no-no and one can never have anything to do with guns, then the same thing must be said about any number of prescription or over the counter drugs as well as they can also have the potential to effect motor skills, reaction times, etc. You know, that small tiny fine print warning on the packages saying don't do this, that, or the other...... Think about that when you are taking your allergy medication and going about your business trying to make a living but you are CCH........

    personally, i err towards respecting and expecting Murphy's Law.......i do not touch alcohol and mess with firearms or reloading.....while in my youth and examples presented back then was acceptable concerning alcohol, My profession has driven me to almost quit drinking........notice i did say almost.

    But, as previously stated, since you seem to be questioning your current practice, or seeking opinions, then perhaps there is a nagging doubt troubling you about said practice.

    I hate being PC or having anything to do with being PC....and i can certainly understand resistance to PC.......but my views about alcohol are not so much PC as they are my own experiences......the good and the bad.
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    Never mind the Scotch or the Bourbon. Everybody knows alcohol is for high school and college kids. Helps them get laid. I will give you the secret recipe to a real adult beverage, a true warrior's drink. Behold:

    Mix 2 packets of Orange flavored KoolAid in a gallon container according to package directions.
    Add 2 jiggers of vanilla extract.
    Stir, serve over ice.

    Tastes like a Creamsicle !!!

    Yummm!
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    I got the same recipe but it calls for vodka too.
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    I buy maybe, one 6-pack of beer per YEAR - that is correct, I do not drink - however when I do have even ONE BEER, I will not touch a firearm. That's just me.

    Here is an example. About 4 weeks ago I had a taste for a beer. I bought a 6pack of Sam Adams and went home and had 1 beer with a pizza we ordered. Yesterday I bought an angled fore grip for an AR and decided I would put it on today. About 45 minutes ago, I decided I'd have a beer. I briefly thought about putting the for grip on but decided against it....why? Because I opened a beer.

    Again, it's just me.

    I know someone who is on pain meds - ALLOT and will still drink occasionally and think nothing about working on his gun. I was given some reloads from this person, whom I respect greatly - but the reloads sit there and I will not use them.....ever.

    Again, it is just me. I am probably OVER cautious - but thats me.
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    I think 1 or 2 drinks while cleaning a gun is OK, but "working" on one? I had a drinking problem, and I loaded shotgun shells while having a few. Lucky that I didn't blow myself up! In any event, I have not had a drink of anything in 16 years. I was lucky my "German will" was enough, since I did not want to trade my craving for booze for a craving for AA meetings. Later on, I quit smoking, with the help of Chantex pills. Considering my 2 pack a day habit, so far I've saved $43,800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Hohmann View Post
    I think 1 or 2 drinks while cleaning a gun is OK, but "working" on one? I had a drinking problem, and I loaded shotgun shells while having a few. Lucky that I didn't blow myself up! In any event, I have not had a drink of anything in 16 years. I was lucky my "German will" was enough, since I did not want to trade my craving for booze for a craving for AA meetings. Later on, I quit smoking, with the help of Chantex pills. Considering my 2 pack a day habit, so far I've saved $43,800.
    Good for you!

    I have had maybe 20 beers since 1993 and quit smoking after that. I truly believe that if I still did both, I would have kicked it many years ago. In 1993 the good Lord opened my eyes....and heart.
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