How much do you drink, honestly?

How much do you drink, honestly?

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smartypants

38,415 posts

107 months

Saturday 25th November 2017
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craig1912 said:
Monday to Wednesday nothing but, about 40 units per week- beer and red wine
Same take Monday to Wednesday off, but Thurs is pool night, 6 pints.. Friday is Friday 2 pints plus bottle of red, same Saturday. Maybe a couple of beers on Sunday.

I can't just have one, I need at least a few... The days are far too long a boring to not drink.


smartypants

38,415 posts

107 months

Saturday 25th November 2017
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tim0409 said:
None, not a single drop for the last two years (and feel better for it).
Genuine question, in what way? Monetary? Superiority? Health?

Money is my only concern with drink, it's fking expensive to enjoy a good pint in a pub these days. Cheap as chips to drink at home, bit I don't drink to get drunk, I do it for social reasons.

Jag_NE

1,483 posts

38 months

Saturday 25th November 2017
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very regular drinker but very rarely get smashed (am i making excuses already!)

mon and wed, usually zero.

tuesday - 4 pints of 3.7% beer
thursday - 6 pints of 3.7 % beer
fri/sat - half a bottle of vodka and diet mixer each night so 7 doubles each per night.
sunday - 4-8 beers depending

60 ish units per week.

plan is to knock sunday on the head next year. 3 nights off a week will be a realistic goal for me.

bmwmike

1,618 posts

46 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Mon - nothing
Tue - nothing
Wed - 3 pint
Thur - 3 pints
Friday 2 pints and bottle of wine
Saturday 2 pints and half bottle of wine
Sunday 2 pints and half bottle of wine

There i said it.

227bhp

8,187 posts

66 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Every night.
I generally wait until 9pm and then have a couple, one of my issues is the OH is a pisshead too, if she didn't I probably wouldn't either as much, she does it as she enjoys it and it makes her sleep (she has severe problems in that dept). It's because I sit and watch TV to unwind, a drink and some crisps go hand in hand with that.
It impacts on my weight and maybe my health too, but I enjoy it and i'm here to do that, not have some competition on how long i'm here for. We get around the money problem by making our own and are like the Drunken Bakers from Viz when we're tasting and bottling.
Are we alcoholics? No because from waking up until sitting down to watch TV on an eve we don't need it, it doesn't even cross my mind.

Edited by 227bhp on Sunday 26th November 09:15

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Potatoes

3,565 posts

108 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Good thread Timing. I was off to a gig last night to meet a mate, on the way I called him and said first one there gets a whiskey... his response surprised me. He said "mate, you don't need an incentive, every time I see you on Facebook or in real life, you have a drink".

This hit me a little...

I realised pretty quickly my intake has probably increased... not helped by having a 2nd child 9 mths ago and being made redundant. I now have no routine and feel like I deserve a drink...

fk!

So I currently drink everyday, probably a minimum of 3 pints. But... I'm going to cut out the weekday drinks for a little while as this has got out of hand.

Thanks for making this thread, it was very well timed for me smile

Crumpet

1,601 posts

118 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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We used to take the piss out of my Dad because all he’d ever drink would be half a shandy or maybe a bottle of Crabbie’s. In hindsight his lack of desire to drink is a good thing.

I’ve gone from brewing my own beer and drinking 10 pints a week (plus a fortnightly bender) to three glasses of wine in the last 10 weeks. I didn’t even enjoy those glasses of wine!

To be fair, I haven’t been in the company of people who make me want to drink - the bad influences. I’ve also been spending a lot of time with other people who don’t drink which makes it a lot easier. It’s definitely more boring, even though I feel healthier and save the best part of £200 a month.


myvision

1,210 posts

74 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Monday pickup a pack of 10 kronenbourg and something for tea on the way to the digs drink them while cooking tea.
Repeat all week till Friday when I go home.
Saturday depends what's happening maybe a couple same for Sunday.

So I must be way over the recommended daily units.

So

15,054 posts

160 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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I am taking metronidazole for an infection at present and it's one med where "don't drink alcohol" means "don't drink alcohol".

A day's Christmas shopping without some red wine at lunchtime seemed lacking, honestly, and Saturday evening TV really needs a drink or two.

But if push comes to shove I could live without it.

Life is different without the booze, though. It's like my brain is "always on". I do quite like, after a tough week, to have a few drinks on a Friday evening. It puts space between the week that's gone and the (theoretical at least) weekend relaxation.

I went six weeks without so much as a sip recently and I found that weekdays and weekends blurred into one. Great from a physical health perspective no doubt, but from a state of mind point of view I am not sure it was as positive.


Welshbeef

35,203 posts

136 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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When on holidays on it hard each and every day ditto Xmas

But normally
Monday zero
Tuesday zero
Wednesday zero
Thursday - depends sometimes a couple of beers or half a bottle of red or prosecco. But it’s say one Thursday a month these days
Friday - 12 strong ciders 600ml Henry Weston’s Vintage + Doombar
Sat - 4-8 beers/Cidars depending really.
Sunday - again a bit like Thursday more often than not nothing at all but say a family Sunday dinner with people round or round theirs then it can be a few - however a known Sunday normally means less on Sat/Fri.

This is drinking at home.

Yesterday I was picking up a poly pins of ale so I had a cheeky pint at 9am which went down so well. 👍

toasty

5,194 posts

158 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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I like a beer in the evening or maybe a glass of wine. On Fridays I might have 2 or 3. Weekends, I might have a single drink with lunch too.

Seems pretty light in comparison but recently I was told in an IVF consultation that this puts me down as a heavy drinker!

Henners

9,548 posts

132 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Sun - Thurs: Nothing

Fri & Sat: About a bottle of wine in total

drinkdrinkdrink

Welshbeef

35,203 posts

136 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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toasty said:
I like a beer in the evening or maybe a glass of wine. On Fridays I might have 2 or 3. Weekends, I might have a single drink with lunch too.

Seems pretty light in comparison but recently I was told in an IVF consultation that this puts me down as a heavy drinker!
Mate if going down the IVF route which isn’t cheap it’s really best to stop completely just to marginally increase those %’s of success.


Henners

9,548 posts

132 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Potatoes said:
Interesting self reflection
A couple we are friends with have been 'creeping' like this.

Although we didn't really think anything of it until the last 2 social events:

- A wedding where he was at the bar, buying shots for anyone, whether they wanted them or not - from 4pm. Then had some fizz and 3 bottled of white that evening. Which isn't anything major for him but the next one kind of made us think...

- A birthday, an afternoon meal as some people in the group have kids, one woman is currently preggers - so a more social than boozy afternoon, done by 6pm. We arrived 30mins late, he was 4 pints of Guinness in. Apparently (other than the expectant mum) if you didn't have a boozy drink there was something wrong with you. He continued to knock the booze back moving onto wine then vodka.

It was one of these times when you think that seems a bit odd... then the more you think back, the more obvious it becomes. I think it was the contrast what with it being an afternoon 'family' social, not a hardcore booze-fest.

marksx

3,351 posts

128 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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A beer or two most nights. Maybe one or two nights off a week, but rarely consecutive. A whisky a few times a week, maybe a gin. Not measured though when I have spirits, so probably way over what I should be drinking.

Sa Calobra

27,808 posts

149 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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I've not seen the life expectancy thread but I don't want to spend even one year in an old people's home. Not one.

I'll be having three 330ml cans Stout tonight.

Nothing till Thursday then this Friday three pints of 6% Porter.

Some weeks more, usually when it's a social event and it gets scary. I'll try and drink to keep up.

If it's at home not so much.

Welshbeef

35,203 posts

136 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Henners said:
A couple we are friends with have been 'creeping' like this.

Although we didn't really think anything of it until the last 2 social events:

- A wedding where he was at the bar, buying shots for anyone, whether they wanted them or not - from 4pm. Then had some fizz and 3 bottled of white that evening. Which isn't anything major for him but the next one kind of made us think...

- A birthday, an afternoon meal as some people in the group have kids, one woman is currently preggers - so a more social than boozy afternoon, done by 6pm. We arrived 30mins late, he was 4 pints of Guinness in. Apparently (other than the expectant mum) if you didn't have a boozy drink there was something wrong with you. He continued to knock the booze back moving onto wine then vodka.

It was one of these times when you think that seems a bit odd... then the more you think back, the more obvious it becomes. I think it was the contrast what with it being an afternoon 'family' social, not a hardcore booze-fest.
I think I’ve been guilty of similar in the past - now though I do the hardcore drinking at home now - to the levels in my statement.

I keep thinking I want to drink less but never do. When I do a booze free period 3-6weeks I feel fantastic so much energy up super early and due to the quantity I drink a nice upside of saving more £. However as soon as I recommence I’m back on it as hard as ever. I’ve tried at times to drink to other people’s pace restraining - I consider my pace normal but frankly I do drink fast as others keep telling me or “another already” “don’t you want to slow down” style comments.

I do it I think to escape from the difficult things I have to deal with (in talking friends and family health not Work). I also like it - that said if they could make % free beer that was great then I’d genuinely drink that instead

WaferThinHam

1,672 posts

68 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Interesting thread. Around 20-40 units a week.

It's well worth putting the Drink Aware app on your phone, it tracks weekly consumption and monthly. A useful tool if you can be honest with yourself.

Sa Calobra

27,808 posts

149 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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I must admit I like drinking at home. Before earlier this year we drank wine at home and I bet the units went through the roof. Wine is so easy to drink and you end up adding on a couple of beers. Not good.

For some reason I've stopped drinking wine. I'm a full-time stout/Porter drinker now and the units dropped. I avoid spirits as I'd Cane vodka and rum like crazy.

BigMon

1,445 posts

67 months

Sunday 26th November 2017
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Interesting thread.

My aunt was an alcoholic and died at 54 from cirrhosis of the liver and septicemia. She missed the birth of her first grandchild by about four months.

So that has coloured by judgement somewhat.

Apart from holidays where I have too much (but why not!) I generally drink nothing from Sunday - Wednesday:

Thursday - do the food shop so get a beer while I'm doing that
Friday - four to five drams of whisky
Saturday- as above or three to four beers or ciders

My weekend intake is enough to enjoy it and get a bit of a buzz without feeling crap the day after.

Also, and rather unfortunately, I've found I prefer the more expensive whiskys and beers. Necking a bottle of Lagavulin in one sitting would be a bit of an expensive habit.