How much do you drink, honestly?

How much do you drink, honestly?

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Welshbeef

35,203 posts

136 months

Monday 4th February
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mike80 said:
Thankfully not.
You’ve not played Nellie the elephant around the pool table then either.....

J4CKO

26,347 posts

138 months

Tuesday 5th February
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Was away in Bristol this weekend so had a couple the first night, one craft beer and a pint in a Burger place, then a brandy in the hotel bar, next day had a small beer in the afternoon as was at the craft beer place my son is working in, at the night had a couple of pints of cider, which was really nice.

Came home and as it was late and we were tired we got a curry, had a 750 ml bottle of some very strong Craft porter and a can of Stella, felt dreadful the next day.

Was sort of testing myself, and to be honest I am not all that bothered either way so may as well lay off.




magooagain

2,358 posts

108 months

Thursday 7th February
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Can everyone get back onto what this thread is for please?

Bill

38,332 posts

193 months

Thursday 7th February
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Can we stay on topic please? (And that topic isn't Welshbeef or drinking games...)

funinhounslow

565 posts

80 months

Friday 8th February
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Bill said:
Can we stay on topic please? (And that topic isn't Welshbeef or drinking games...)
Exactly. This isn't the first drinking thread that has been derailed like this...
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Robertj21a

5,233 posts

43 months

Friday 8th February
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I'm pleased to see that normal service has been resumed !

I see that the BBC is getting in on the subject:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47143368

Caddyshack

1,136 posts

144 months

Friday 8th February
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I was drinking far too much and far too often. I realised it was becoming a problem. I have been hypnotised twice in Dec 18 and Jan 19 and been listening to Craig Becks "Alcohol Lied to me" including his daily hypnosis. I did Dry Jan without touching a drop and now in to Feb, not going back and feel great with soooo many benefits.

nealeh1875

198 posts

30 months

Friday 8th February
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Firstly, well done Caddyshack. sounds like you are doing great and feeling a lot better !

My drinking started getting out of hand towards the end of last year. Started increasing during the summer due really escalated from October to December.

My usual drinking was Thursday - Sunday. (which was still a hell of a lot)

Thursday - couple pints, couple gins
friday - 8 pints min
saturday - 10pints + and then gin/wine etc if out for a meal.
Sunday - go out and watch footy 10+ pints or if in all day, gin and watch f1/footy/nfl in front of tele all day

This then escalated to every day drinking, Not so much the pints but at least 4/5 large gins every night plus usual pints + gin over the weekend. this plus eating st all week, currys/chippy etc the pounds piled on and tiredness increased and in the end mentally not in a good place.

I used to say to myself, i drink because i enjoy it not to get pissed. Just constantly lying and trying to justify it to myself.

Anyway onto this year and i have now cut it down to 1 day a week. Or if i do drink on a Friday and Saturday it is a couple pints max or gin over dinner etc. No longer drinking on a Sunday at all.

Feel so much fresher and more focused on everything. better outlook as i am not constantly in the horrors.

Hope everyone else is doing well

Robertj21a

5,233 posts

43 months

Friday 8th February
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nealeh1875 said:
Firstly, well done Caddyshack. sounds like you are doing great and feeling a lot better !

My drinking started getting out of hand towards the end of last year. Started increasing during the summer due really escalated from October to December.

My usual drinking was Thursday - Sunday. (which was still a hell of a lot)

Thursday - couple pints, couple gins
friday - 8 pints min
saturday - 10pints + and then gin/wine etc if out for a meal.
Sunday - go out and watch footy 10+ pints or if in all day, gin and watch f1/footy/nfl in front of tele all day

This then escalated to every day drinking, Not so much the pints but at least 4/5 large gins every night plus usual pints + gin over the weekend. this plus eating st all week, currys/chippy etc the pounds piled on and tiredness increased and in the end mentally not in a good place.

I used to say to myself, i drink because i enjoy it not to get pissed. Just constantly lying and trying to justify it to myself.

Anyway onto this year and i have now cut it down to 1 day a week. Or if i do drink on a Friday and Saturday it is a couple pints max or gin over dinner etc. No longer drinking on a Sunday at all.

Feel so much fresher and more focused on everything. better outlook as i am not constantly in the horrors.

Hope everyone else is doing well
Great stuff, well done.

I guess something last year prompted the sudden increase but at least you seem to have identified the root cause, and have now seen the resulting benefits already.

nealeh1875

198 posts

30 months

Friday 8th February
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Robertj21a said:
Great stuff, well done.

I guess something last year prompted the sudden increase but at least you seem to have identified the root cause, and have now seen the resulting benefits already.
Yeah that's it mate, a break up followed by finding out she was pregnant was just a bit too much to handle.

Seem to got to terms with it now and decided just to stop worrying about everything. Work, home, money the lot just try and handle everything in bitesize bits, take a step back and seems to be helping. doing this on a sober head obviously helps a lot.

Onto the expecting dad thread !

stargazer30

1,104 posts

104 months

Friday 8th February
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Quit 2 weeks ago after reading Allan Carr’s book. So far so good. Only problem is you can’t unlearn stuff so it’s hard looking at family who all drink the same way?!

Turn7

15,165 posts

159 months

Friday 8th February
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stargazer30 said:
Quit 2 weeks ago after reading Allan Carr’s book. So far so good. Only problem is you can’t unlearn stuff so it’s hard looking at family who all drink the same way?!
Could you remind me which boook this is please ?

Asking for a friend....... wink

Welshbeef

35,203 posts

136 months

Friday 8th February
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Robertj21a said:
Great stuff, well done.

I guess something last year prompted the sudden increase but at least you seem to have identified the root cause, and have now seen the resulting benefits already.
My drinking got notable last year early summer ish- probably because it was such fantastic weather all the time. Then a long 2 week all inc which meant cava with orange with breakfast and on.
Sept birthdays big ones
Ocr half term
Nov autumn internationals
Then December which I’d classify as heavy

However as mentioned previously not every day likely 2 days a week possibly 3 on average.

This year I had under 30 units in Jan - didn’t do anything for my sleeping zilch.
Feb only drank on the Sat last weekend dinner party but had “only” 5 beers. Actually no I drank on the Friday too Wales v France but had 2 ciders.
I’ve had nothing yet tonight don’t intend to (but then I Wouldn’t stop/reject either ). Tomorrow lots of rugby I will have some but I will be making an effort to try to keep close to the NICE limits 14 per week. Let’s see how I get on


As far as I’m concerned this Ireland 365days dry who’s up for he challenge thread it’s a thread for drinkers who are realising they do chug a few too many maybe a lot too many - maybe that BBC docu about Beene and me helped some of us think. If it helps people reduce that’s the aim - to try to get people to stop entirely is a huge ask and most might have no desire whatsoever in doing that (I do not personally want to stop - my choice).

bmwmike

1,618 posts

46 months

Friday 8th February
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I gave up for dry Jan again this year and struggling to get back on it tbh. Lost the taste don't see the point. Bought a load of zero alc beers which are lovely with a dash of lemonade. I can't tell the difference anyhow. Might have one guiness. Far cry from December and 11 months before it.

Welshbeef

35,203 posts

136 months

Friday 8th February
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bmwmike said:
I gave up for dry Jan again this year and struggling to get back on it tbh. Lost the taste don't see the point. Bought a load of zero alc beers which are lovely with a dash of lemonade. I can't tell the difference anyhow. Might have one guiness. Far cry from December and 11 months before it.
Up the quality of the product.


Tonight two really nice local ciders perfect.

GT03ROB

6,945 posts

159 months

Saturday 9th February
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For how many of you is the problem you can't just have 1?

So to take Welshies example of a cava at breakfast does that kick -off a day of drinking or does having 1 at lunchtime kick-off drinking all afternoon?

Can you actually stop, once you've started??

Testaburger

2,278 posts

136 months

Saturday 9th February
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GT03ROB said:
For how many of you is the problem you can't just have 1?

So to take Welshies example of a cava at breakfast does that kick -off a day of drinking or does having 1 at lunchtime kick-off drinking all afternoon?

Can you actually stop, once you've started??
Good question. For me, during the day I would say two is my threshold for carrying on.

A third generally means the start of a session, and coincidentally I’m not too keen on the feeling I get when 3+ drinks dissipates, so I’ve generally limited to that with a lunch.

Welshbeef

35,203 posts

136 months

Saturday 9th February
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GT03ROB said:
For how many of you is the problem you can't just have 1?

So to take Welshies example of a cava at breakfast does that kick -off a day of drinking or does having 1 at lunchtime kick-off drinking all afternoon?

Can you actually stop, once you've started??
Personally I can stop and always have been able to - though the occasions I’ve needed to stop are few as it would be pretty weird to say stop drinking if off to a Wales Rugby game. A lot of cost committed and you already know you’ll be in the pub for 8-8:30am ‘‘twas ever thus (and boy is Cardiff rocking on a match day - I’m sure you drinkers here would really enjoy it).



GT3ROB are you suggesting a scenario whereby your going out for a party/birthday celebrations but have your first drink then switch to water for the rest of the evening? Or say you’ve tickets to Munich beer festival - or Olympia or Reading beer festivals have a drink then stop for the rest of the day? If so (unless you became ill I’d say no one would do so as the whole point of the event is drinking and trying new rare types of beer - switching to water after 1 would be odd at the least.

GT03ROB

6,945 posts

159 months

Saturday 9th February
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Welshbeef said:
GT3ROB are you suggesting a scenario whereby your going out for a party/birthday celebrations but have your first drink then switch to water for the rest of the evening? Or say you’ve tickets to Munich beer festival - or Olympia or Reading beer festivals have a drink then stop for the rest of the day? If so (unless you became ill I’d say no one would do so as the whole point of the event is drinking and trying new rare types of beer - switching to water after 1 would be odd at the least.
No I'm not suggesting that. I'm thinking more of the scenario whereby you go out for lunch have a glass or 2 of wine & you can't stop there but just continue. Or can't just have 1 glass of wine in the evening. You know the situation the people who can't just have one. By the way it's not being judgemental about it, just interested if those that say they drink a lot feel they lose control of the situation or if it's a conscious decision. The scenarios you describe are to me conscious decisions.

Badda

1,078 posts

20 months

Saturday 9th February
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Welshbeef said:
GT3ROB are you suggesting a scenario whereby your going out for a party/birthday celebrations but have your first drink then switch to water for the rest of the evening? Or say you’ve tickets to Munich beer festival - or Olympia or Reading beer festivals have a drink then stop for the rest of the day? If so (unless you became ill I’d say no one would do so as the whole point of the event is drinking and trying new rare types of beer - switching to water after 1 would be odd at the least.
What a weird way to interpret his question.