Hi Ott, after a long day's work there's nothing I enjoy more than a cold beer or 3, probably to the detriment of my work the next day… I'm curious as to when you gave up the booze, and why?
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Ott responded on 08/20/2013

I never like the taste, hated the hangovers and, by age 18, I realised that it brought out the worst in me.

I'd have one beer, then another, and halfway through the third, a switch would go and suddenly I'd have had fifteen pints and punched a policeman.

I was drinking regularly from about 14 years-old and, with my friends, got into the habit of weekend drinking until I fell over and threw up.

When I was about 18 somebody at a party gave me a small paper square with a purple om symbol on it and told me to chew it up. It rocked. I didn't drink anything that night [unusual for me] and never drank alcohol again.

i've had the occasional cold beer since then and quite enjoyed them and I'm sure that now I'm 45 I'm probably much less of a dick when I've had a few, but on the odd occasion I've felt the physical effects creeping up, even slightly, I've backed off because it isn't a sensation I enjoy.

Booze makes me feel more stupider and I don't need or want to feel any more stupider.

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