Ramon1920 wrote: I was actually imitating someone from the past that inspired me with their open criticism of people's half hearted intentions that falter at the slightest inconvenience.
It's OK to criticize if your intention is to genuinely help the other person, i think. The problem is that you are assuming that the people that is buddhist and drink on this forum, are people "with half hearted intentions that falter..." That's where the problem is. The self-righteous demon.
These kinds of subtle workings of the ego are perfectly, thoroughly described by a buddhist master that, oh surprise, used to drink a good deal of alcohol -- Chogyam Trungpa
in his book "Cutting through spiritual materialism". You must read this book, it will really help you and i don't say this as a personal thing: It will help most buddhists.
Ramon1920 wrote: Being raised in America
Ahh, that's where the problem is. Raised in America. It's a cultural thing. Let me explain:
Some years ago i was on Virginia, USA for work matters, as an engineer. At the time of lunch, we went out to have a nice feast with the USA engineers -who were extremely nice, by the way-. I ordered my meals and when it came to order something to drink, i ordered what i used to have with my meals at that time -- a good beer.
The US engineers looked at me with a puzzled, startled face and one of them told me "Hey Flavio, why do you want to get drunk at lunch time?!" Then, i became the puzzled one. "Drunk?! How could i become drunk with just 1 small beer?!", i said.
Then i undestood that apparently there's a BIG difference with the usage of alcohol between the US and at least my country. Apparently, on the US people drank alcohol with the specific purpose to get drunk (drink one beer ,then the next one, then the next one, and so on, and so on...), while in my country it's usual to have only ONE beer, in other words, to drink for the enjoyment of it, without any intention to get drunk.
As mentioned before, alcohol consumption is not exactly the same as intoxication
. I know that if i take up to about 620mL of beer, i will be OK with no problem. I also know that i can take one glass of "whiskey on the rocks" and be OK, if i take two of them i will have to move carefully and slowly, and that i shouldn't exceed that limit. I don't really like being drunk. I'm also the kind of people that do not change too much its behavior from being sober to drunk, so it's not as if you would notice a dramatically different person.
So the way i understand the precept is simply to not let alcohol control you! That's how my Master explains it, by the way.