To think I don't have a drink problem?

(94 Posts)
SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 08:44:50

I drink a large glass of 11% wine with dinner and have one day off a week. I get through 2 bottles a week, never more.

I can do without but I enjoy it and wouldn't really want to. I feel the same about chocolate, I could go without but like it so would rather have some, I don't think that makes me addicted to it.

Apparently I may have a drink problem, I don't think I do, I also don't think I'm in denial,

AIBU?

CheeseStrawWars Fri 08-Feb-13 08:47:29

Officially, YABU:

"Official guidance advises that men should not regularly drink more 3-4 units of alcohol a day – equivalent to a pint and a half of beer – and 2-3 units of alcohol for women, the same as a 175ml glass of wine. The government defines “regularly” to mean drinking every day or most days of the week."

From yesterdays news re the health risks of 'moderate' drinking such as you describe.

ErikNorseman Fri 08-Feb-13 08:49:57

A large glass of wine is 2-3 units no? So if you don't exceed that then I suppose you are ok. I used to have a drink pretty much every day, I wouldn't class it as a drink problem, but I didn't like feeling reliant on it so I changed my habits. Drink 1-2 nights a week now.

SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 08:51:50

On the drinkaware website it says women should not regularly consume more than 2-3 units per day... If I were drinking 3 units per day that would be 21 per week and I only drink 16-17 confused

fromparistoberlin Fri 08-Feb-13 08:52:51

meh I dont think you have a problem

who says u have a problem?

I am the same, I LIKE wone, its my treat, and I very rarely binge

StickEmUp Fri 08-Feb-13 08:57:53

Silvermoo I'm in recovery and that really doesn't sound like a problem!
If you said this 1 glass was before work in the morning I might wonder ... but it's really not alot.
I would suggest if you are really worried get a GP appt.

I take it someone has suggested this from the way you are talking.

mrsjay Fri 08-Feb-13 08:59:16

a lot of people drink wine with their evening meal I guess it is normal for some and 2 bottles a week is nothing it really isn't imo,

DeepRedBetty Fri 08-Feb-13 09:00:45

There was some advice bobbing about a couple of months ago about taking at least two nights off a week(?) - that may be the source of this suggestion.

Adversecamber Fri 08-Feb-13 09:02:33

I hardly ever drink, I would say it is not a problem but could you have no alcohol at all for say ten days.

MrsToddsShortcut Fri 08-Feb-13 09:04:48

Can I ask why? Has someone suggested you have a problem?

SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 09:05:08

Adversecamber - I could but I wouldn't be happy about it, the same as if I had to give up tea!

diddl Fri 08-Feb-13 09:05:53

I´m not sure-it´s the "I could do without but don´t want to"

Whilst I don´t think you´re consuming a lot, I don´t get why someone wants to drink every night.

CheeseStrawWars Fri 08-Feb-13 09:06:16

But if you are drinking 6 x days a week and 1 x glass per day and getting through 2 x bottles... 3 glasses per bottle? Them's bigger glasses than 2 units.

SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 09:08:08

There are 8.6 units in a bottle which is what I'm going on

Theicingontop Fri 08-Feb-13 09:08:35

Well, my MIL drinks two to three bottles a night, and insists she doesn't have a problem. I think when you get to those stages and you're still in denial, you need some perspective.

If the budget suddenly didn't allow for wine, would you buy it anyway?

mrsjay Fri 08-Feb-13 09:08:59

don´t get why someone wants to drink every night.

No i dont either i couldn't drink every night i would feel a bit groggy each to their own i suppose, but replace wine with cider I wonder if people would feel the same, Op i am not getting at you but wine is seen as so social and that it is ok ?

SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 09:10:07

Theicingontop - no, I would find -methylated spirit- something else to drink if I had to. I would probably drink herbal tea or something if we were really broke and save wine for special occasions

I know what you mean OP

I used to drink way too much, now I'm down to one drink at night (sometimes none).

I'm not always comfortable with how much I really like having that one glass, but then it is just one glass. It's an enjoyable way to wind down after a busy day.

And anyway I'm finding I'm naturally drinking less and less as I get older so I imagine it won't be a problem at all at some point.

ChristmasJubilee Fri 08-Feb-13 09:11:12

Two bottles a week is 20 units of alcohol which is above the recommended level for women (assuming you are female). Many people will not have problems with this amount but quite a few people will, and you won't know until you develop them.

LouMae Fri 08-Feb-13 09:11:55

How many units in a bottle? About ten? So that's 20 a week, official guidance for women is 14 units a week, so you are quite a far bit over the recommended
Amount. Your body however, do as you please!

SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 09:12:29

I just double checked and it is definitely 8.6 units per bottle!

expatinscotland Fri 08-Feb-13 09:12:57

I don't think you have. But I'm sure someone will be along to tell you that the Government says you are a raging alcholic headed for death by liver disease.

mrsjay Fri 08-Feb-13 09:13:24

and anyway I'm finding I'm naturally drinking less and less as I get older so I imagine it won't be a problem at all at some point.

yes im drinking less and less as i get older I used to be a binge drinker at the weekends not every weekend but most I now have a bottle of wine over a weekend I cant drink as much as i used to and I have lost interest if im honest,

TheSecondComing Fri 08-Feb-13 09:14:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 09:14:52

I certainly drink a lot less than I used to, I don't like feeling drunk at all now, I'm naturally cutting down as I get older.

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