Seriously. I'm not one of these militant, teetotaller "straight-edge" people, I just don't get it. (Though I have been told many a time, when the subject comes up organically, to "get off my high horse" if I mention that I don't drink) But I will pull out a cliche and say it seems like the whole world wants to get me to drink. Whenever I join a group of people to watch an event of common interest, like a baseball game or a bicycle race, inevitably someone talks about the beers they're knocking back, like it enhances the experience. The Seattle Mariners blog I frequent even recommends a "series beer" with every preview for each series the Mariners play. Even on this very website, one of the "Band Wanted" threads is called "Eat, drink, and be merry." Beer-lovers often echo Benjamin Franklin's commonly-cited quote that "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," even though this was probably taken out of context.
I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I just do not get it. I have tried beer a couple of times. It tasted like aspirin in liquid form, and who the hell likes the taste of aspirin? Its aftereffects made me sick - literally. So we have a drink that tastes like pills, makes you fat if you ingest too much of it too regularly, made me throw up, and I'm not even touching on inebriation because I've never been there and have no plans to (and beer-lovers have told me they love it even without getting drunk). What am I missing that has people speak of it like it's the nectar of the gods?