I really don’t prefer to drink. A lot of my friends still go out on the weekends and drink until 3:00 in the morning. They come to work Monday morning and they look like they’re still drunk from saturday. I spent a lot of time drinking when I was in college and one time I had alcohol poisoning. I passed out and I had to be taken to the hospital. They pumped my stomach and I found out that I had severe damage from drinking alcohol for 3 years straight. The doctor told me that I was going to end up with liver disease if I did not stop drinking. I was only 24 years old at that time and I decided to stop drinking alcohol for good. I still wanted to have something fun to do when everyone else was drinking, so I started smoking recreational marijuana. Recreational marijuana has been legal in the state for the past 8 years. I used a little bit of recreational marijuana in college, but now I like to smoke every single day. Marijuana makes me feel much more calm and relaxed. I don’t have any type of negative drug reactions with the other pills that I take. I think that marijuana also helps me be more social, which is a problem that I have had since I was young. As long as I can continue to get high, I don’t mind if everyone else around me is drinking until the cows come home. I would much rather be stoned than plastered.