One things I like about this thread is, all the people against alcohol, assume drunk. As if someone said they like to have one drink, then they are guilty of being drunk and they are out of control.
I know some people have a glass of wine, and they are drunk, then there are others who have higher tolerances, that would need 6 glasses to catch up. And, it's not just about height, and weight of a person that determines this. I work with a guy who is 6 feet tall, about 275 pounds, and if he drinks one beer, he will pass out drunk.
Come out to somewhere that you spend most of your day on the lift, skiing 500 vertical feet, and then have a 7 to 10 minute ride up. You might end up having a drink or two with your lunch. I know the difference from when I was younger and partied all the time and got drunk, to how a few drinks are going to effect me over the day. 5 drinks in a day is not that bad when you consider your somewhere you can ski from 8 AM to 10 PM.
As for the stoners. They are another breed. Some will not go to work or school unless they are stoned. Some can handle that. A lot of people here probably do not believe that either. To bad Im not going to point some people I know out to you, but they are heads, and you will see a perfectionist building houses/home improvement who hands down is one of the top carpenters in this area. Another friend who has had straight A's through high school, and same in college, and is exceptionally smart.
Just like driving there is a point where to much is an accident waiting to happen, and people are supposed to be responsible enough to have self control. I did participate in an alcohol study at one point. Some of the results of the study showed how some people at .1 % BAC were incapable of completing most tasks, and unable to pass a sobriety test. While others had a higher percentage, and still had not shown any reduction in performance, and were still able to pass a police sobriety test. I forget what the percentage was of people who stated that they would not normally even drink half the amount that was distributed to us doing any of the activities that we had to complete. I do know it was around 85 to 90% of the entire group of 100 people.
One thing I can tell you about me. Sking the little mountains here. When I am skiing with my friends who are learning, I'll probably have a couple drinks myself. If I am out to just have a take it easy day of skiing, I'll have a couple drinks as well. However, if I am out trying to push myself, or challenge myself, or I am going out to do what I perceive as ripping up the mountain for my skill level, I am not drinking at all. Like I have said in other threads moguls I need help in. But, I do find for me having a drink in me loosens my legs up for me to let them flex somewhat how they should. Hopefully this years lessons will take care of that. Don't worry bumpers I am not out to become an inebriated bump guy, as I do not seek them. But, when I run into them, I want to be able to ski them.
I do believe if someone has drank passed their point where it goes from just a drink with lunch, or little relaxer to becoming a drinking day at the slopes.... these people should not be out skiing or boarding. I do believe this as well with the stoners. If someone just brought you that new stuff that's supposed to put you on your a$$, don't test it out on the slopes.