to ask how much booze you drink? Do you drink everyday?

(133 Posts)
countingmyblessings Sat 20-Jul-13 18:50:11

Because I have been drinking Pimm's & lemonade or with OJ everyday this week & am starting to think it's habit forming.

I don't normally drink everyday. Can I blame it on the heatwave? A bottle of wine or two on a Friday night (or every 2nd Fri) is normal for me.

I don't want to turn into a 'non-functional' alcoholic like my BIL. On the otherhand my 85 year old grandmother drinks everyday & I wouldn't class her as an alcoholic and or non-functional.

What would you class as having a drink problem/ being an alcoholic?

Thoughts appreciated please.

squeakytoy Sat 20-Jul-13 18:51:15

depends if you are drinking a couple of glasses or an entire bottle daily.

countingmyblessings Sat 20-Jul-13 18:58:40

Three glasses of Pimms each day. Although last Friday I had two bottles of wine & admittedly on Sunday I had another bottle of wine, only because DH came home early from work. That last bit sounded like an excuse..

BastardDog Sat 20-Jul-13 18:59:08

I drink almost every day. Usually 2 glasses of wine. About once a week I'll have 3 glasses. If we are on holiday I will often drink more, probably a bottle a day.

Because it is habit for me and because I think I drink too much I will stop drinking every 2 or 3 years for several months. I didn't drink any alcohol last year from April - August.

I have lost 2 relatives in the last 10 years to alcohol related conditions so its something I do worry about.

Samu2 Sat 20-Jul-13 19:00:01

1 malibu a week at the most.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 20-Jul-13 19:01:39

I will probably have a drink every day for the next six weeks. Then I'll be back to weekends, my usual rule is "no drinking on a school night". I mostly only have one though. Except when I have two.

Indecisive90 Sat 20-Jul-13 19:04:04

I drink rarely but I do tend to binge. In the heat I've been drinking a cider every so often. I think you can blame it on the heatwave really, it feels like you're on holiday so your behaviour changes. I wouldn't class it as a problem unless it continues for weeks/months. Overall what I'd class as a drink problem is either not being able to go without that drink or not being able to do what's expected of you due to drink. Although that's overly simplistic.

looseleaf Sat 20-Jul-13 19:04:26

I wonder this too. I'd like to drink half a bottle a night but don't. Probably drink a bottle a week. I can see how addictive it is as I almost 'need' it but keep it in check (lots of binge drinking at school probably didn't help)

flowery Sat 20-Jul-13 19:04:31

I might have a glass of wine every couple of weeks.

Did you have two bottles of wine all by yourself last Friday. I'd find that pretty shocking tbh.

Mind you, I am also the person who is genuinely puzzled when women moan about not drinking during pregnancy like its some major hardship.

amiwickedwitch Sat 20-Jul-13 19:04:47

usually have a bottle of wine over 2 night at the weekend, nothing usually in the week unless its a special occasion.

Jinty64 Sat 20-Jul-13 19:04:50

I drink a bottle of wine a week usually over 2-3 nights. When it's gone it's gone!

McNewPants2013 Sat 20-Jul-13 19:04:55

I drink far too much

Whothefuckfarted Sat 20-Jul-13 19:05:29

I don't drink at all. Well, I might have an apple sourz with lemonade at a wedding, or a malibu and pineapple on holiday. But that's it.

Having a drink problem...hmm

I'd say if you drink one glass of wine every night isn't a problem, unless you get ratty if you don't have it.

Getting tipsy every night on a few glasses is definitely on the way to a problem.

Getting rat arsed every weekend without fail even though you're sober in the week could be classed as a problem.

Wolfiefan Sat 20-Jul-13 19:06:00

I do not drink everyday. I think that would constitute a problem for me. Can you substitute a lovely soft drink for 3-4 days a week. I wouldn't want to drink a bottle (2 is way too much IMO) in one go every Friday. I'm sure others will say it's fine. For me alcohol is a real issue if it threatens your health or you feel you have to have it.

I drink most nights, normally only a glass of wine or something. But this heatwave has me drinking pimms and lager (not as a combination together obviously) almost every day. When the heat dies down I'm sure my drinking will too but its sooooo nice to have a refreshing cold drink at the end of the day (and for some off reason just the lemonade doesn't cut it).

BridgetBidet Sat 20-Jul-13 19:07:10

BastardDog you should be careful and try and introduce at least a couple of booze free days a week.

I used to work as a medical secretary and my dept dealt with all the liver issues. Constantly there were patients who drank like you do coming in needing a liver transplant in their late 40s to early 50s. People who didn't necessarily get drunk but dranks steadily every day.

Giving up for a few month doesn't help that much because the damage is done cumulatively when you are drinking.

LucilleBluth Sat 20-Jul-13 19:07:20

I drink every evening, mostly one glass but sometimes two, as I get older though I can't really go beyond the two glasses, I like feeling slightly buzzed but not drunk. I wouldn't say a few glasses of pimms in this weather is bad at all.

Xihha Sat 20-Jul-13 19:07:31

I would class it as a problem if you cant relax or enjoy yourself without having a drink or start getting cranky coz you havent had a drink in a while, or if you get drunk really often.

Normal for me is a drink after work friday and saturday night (im a barmaid so its 1 drink while clearing up) and if im out on a nice day i might have a glass of fruit cider with lunch or after the kids have gone to bed (or sometimes both). i do go out and have a few too many drinks but not that often as i cant often afford it.

I'm not sure having a glass or two of pimms everyday for a week is a problem, its nice weather, enjoy it.

usuallyright Sat 20-Jul-13 19:08:10

A couple of glasses every other night. I try to have a night off in between. Never drink more than 3 glasses.
Now I'm older (40) if I overdo it, I have a racing heart and headache (after just 3 glasses) so I don't have the stomach for it anymore.

Lj8893 Sat 20-Jul-13 19:10:43

When i was living my wild party days in my early 20s before I met my dp, I was drinking heavily probably 3 or 4 times a week.

When I got with dp (after the initial going out all the time stage) probably one or two nights a week having a few drinks with the odd heavy night once or twice a month.

Once we moved in together, very rarely tbh. Almost never drink at home, only when we go out. And I'm pregnant at the moment so never!

We drink over the weekends, a bottle each. We don't drink in the week.
It's probably a bit too much though.

catgirl1976 Sat 20-Jul-13 19:11:48

Bottle of wine most night

Very rarely drink in the day

piratecat Sat 20-Jul-13 19:12:26

i don't anymore, maybe a lager every few months, but i don't go out.

I have gone through different stages with different life experiences tho. I had to have a bottle of red wine in and have a drink every night 2 -3 glasses when my ex dh left. That went on a while, prob two yrs.

I do fancy a drink now and again, but never seem to go down that aisle anymore. Also, it doesn't mix well with me anymore (early 40's) and it's horrible the next day.

LimitedEditionLady Sat 20-Jul-13 19:13:17

I drink once every three to four months.
My partner drinks every night,he thinks im boring.I think he is silly.

TabithaStephens Sat 20-Jul-13 19:21:49

I gave up drinking 18 months ago. It's amazing how much better you feel for it.

I don't drink, growing up around alcoholics and seeing them drunk has made it lose any appeal. The few I've had (mostly at other people's pestering or hiding it in juice, both trying to get me to change my mind) haven't very convincing.

Anything can be addictive, I say that my parent's problem became an addiction when it became their comfort blanket that was so important that they willingly use it even if it negatively impacted everything else. They needed that comfort more than than they needed to be able to do anything else.

YouTheCat Sat 20-Jul-13 19:24:14

Usually share 2/3 bottles of wine over the weekend with my partner.

Today have had 3 bottles of crabbies as was at a free do earlier, but that happens rarely.

I drink between 10/14 units a week.

Mintyy Sat 20-Jul-13 19:25:04

I make a conscious effort not to drink 3 or 4 nights a week, every week.

When I do drink I seem to have quite a large capacity - can easily drink a g&t plus half a bottle of wine - so am probably still over Govt guidelines.

It is something I am very aware of.

countingmyblessings Sat 20-Jul-13 19:27:04

I didn't touch alcohol during my two pregnancies or when breastfeeding (which was 18 months for both dc).

I personally feel I can handle it & am not at all ratty around the dc. Infact I've been far more chilled out this week. I just feel I'd enjoy another Pimms tomorrow as I've now run out of the bottle I bought at the beginning of this week. Eek!

Perhaps I should go alcohol free Sept til Christmas? It' will be my 30th in January!

Bexicles Sat 20-Jul-13 19:27:42

I'm also teetotal, May last year I got very drunk on red wine and was sick all the next day. I decided I wasn't a drinker! I don't miss it. my skin looks better and it saves money.

Mrsrobertduvall Sat 20-Jul-13 19:28:17

I only drink Friday to Sunday, probably a bottle of wine in total.

I have had a few days away with my brother this week who drinks a lot. A bottle a night plus a couple of beers. He said it was like detoxing being with me.

Feminine Sat 20-Jul-13 19:28:50

One side of my family are very heavy drinkers.

They love it and encourage everyone to join them! grin

I drink so little it is a constant source of comedy for them.

DH has a glass of wine white/red about 5 times a week.

Sometimes he will drink quite a bit with my family wink

CheeseFondueRocks Sat 20-Jul-13 19:29:06

I've not had a drink in over 2 years when we started ttc DC1. I don't miss it, feel much better for it and won't ever go back to it again. I'd describe myself as teetotal now.

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 19:31:49

I probably drink the equivalent of two bottles of wine over a weekend.

I generally don't have any alcohol Mon-Fri.

I think I have a strange drink problem, if I don't drink any alcohol I don't miss it at all. Can go for a long period of time without any alcohol, longest I think was 4 years. But if I start I will drink the pub dry! I just cannot have one drink! I tend to drink liqueurs and spirits but the last time I drank, it was 2.5 years since I had had any and about 15 years since I had had a drink of cider and I promptly drank 3 litres of it!

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 20-Jul-13 19:38:54

I tend to have the odd social drink. I have had about 4 alcoholic drinks in total since January. I just don't like drinking much, never have. I was never one to go out and get drunk, even when at Uni.
I do drink far too much coke though and that is something I need to desperately cut down on!

notso Sat 20-Jul-13 19:39:07

Not very often, I don't think I've had more than three glasses of wine since we went on holiday at Easter.
On the rare occasions we go out with friends I tend to drink a lot though.
My parents and grandparents drink/drank every day though, there is a lot of alcohol problems on DM's side.

SillyTilly123 Sat 20-Jul-13 19:47:38

I dont drink at all, the last time I had a drink was at my mams wake (or whatever it is called) in June '11 and my cousin kept buying me malibus (3 in all) and my head was spinning. I cannot even remember when I had a drink before that. I dont see the point in drinking unless its to get tipsy (like at a party) and think its an expensive alternative to pop or juice in the house so just dont bother.

PatsysPyjamas Sat 20-Jul-13 19:57:58

I probably drink 3 bottles of wine a week: one over a couple of nights mid-week and a bottle each on Friday and Saturday. I could -and probably should- lose the mid-week bottle. I could easily drink more on the weekend nights, but don't let myself, unless I am out, which is rare. Ten years ago I (and my friends) would have drunk a bottle of wine each before we went out, so i don't feel it is that bad. I accept it looks bad in a teetotaller's eyes though!

I drink a lot but not every night.

I'm going to die of something and I don't want to be really old and still living under the welfare state in this country despite making provisions for our old age.

I have longevity in the extended family regarding grand parents so I'll take my chances that ill still be pouring a stiff gin in my dotage.

I have two women in mind who I knew who have died young and who were teetotal, again I will take my chances and enjoy that wine.

WMittens Sat 20-Jul-13 20:11:22

No alcohol for over 13 years.

looseleaf Sat 20-Jul-13 20:15:12

Do you think I have a problem if I'm having to control my drinking - every night I get such an urge for a glass of wine and whenever around 'drinkers' I get such a happy thrill when I'm offered a glass of wine I don't feel bad about as everyone else is?
I never drink more than half a bottle and never more than 2 bottles a week (DH will just have a glass or two from these and always encourages me so never sees it as a problem)

It's the strength of my longing for wine that worries me and I often have a glass at 6ish when it's just me and the DC.

fatlazymummy Sat 20-Jul-13 20:16:14

I don't drink at all now but when I did I used to drink 1-2 bottles of wine every 2-3 days. Sometimes I would have vodka instead (at least 1/2 a bottle) or a bottle of Pimms, or similar. Sometimes I would cut back for a while but it would slowly get out of control again. And I was functional. However I do class myself as an alcoholic although I never drank every day, or hit 'rock bottom' ,or had to detox under medical supervision. The fact is I can't just have the odd glass of wine, any more than I can smoke the occasional cigarette. It's all or nothing for me.
I think you're very wise to be aware of your drinking OP. Alcoholism very often does creep up on people.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sat 20-Jul-13 20:17:46

In the past 7 days
- 3 have been alcohol free
- 3 x one drink (glass of wine / a beer)
- 1 x two drinks.

Pretty typical these days but I still think too much - about 10 units across the week. I used to drink a lot more pre-DC.

MarshaBrady Sat 20-Jul-13 20:19:14

I don't drink alcohol at home. Just prosecco (usually or champagne), as not keen on wine any more, when socialising with friends. Or out with Dh.

Small glass of white once or twice twice a week, a thimbleful of cognac now and then to toast happy occasions, champers perhaps once a year.

Working in the profession I do, I'm practically a teetotaller. smile

Cakebaker35 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:19:57

I think the test is, can you stop? If you can easily not drink for a day, a week etc then I'd say you're in control of it, maybe having a slight binge every so often but not an alcoholic. A friend once told me she knew she had a drink problem when she started drinking earlier and earlier every day as she just couldn't wait any longer. She then started to wake up wanting a drink then went to AA. Sounds like you're a long way off that IMO.

whosshe Sat 20-Jul-13 20:20:35

I drink nearly every day, perhaps a glass of wine with dinner, or a G&T while I cook it. I have the odd day off. On a night out (rare) I will drink a bit more, but not binge. There is something about putting our kid to bed and then hearing the glug glug of a bottle of nice wine that makes me relax and think its mummy and daddy time now. I'm not sure if that's a problem, but it's how it is for me. My level of drinking has reduced as I have got older, and I do like to have wine with food.

DrunkenButterfly Sat 20-Jul-13 20:23:27

I only drink a bottle of wine roughly once every three weeks, over 4 nights, with some help from DP too. I am genuinely shocked by how much some people drink (not nec on here, but in RL). When I cut down my drinking to the current level I was amazed how much weight I lost, and how much money I saved.

maternitart Sat 20-Jul-13 20:24:15

I drink 2-4 times a week, one or two drinks at a time, except holidays or very rare nights out.

It's a lot less than I drunk pre-kids.

There was a great thread on this a while back where someone basically said, if you think you're doing well or achieving something not having a drink of an evening, you've probably got a problem and I think that's quite a good maxim.

I don't drink alcohol at all. DH is teetotal due to past drink problem, so I don't feel like drinking at home solo. I did used to have a drink when out on social occasions but now I'm on medication which I'm not allowed to combine with alcohol.

I think it would be good if you went back to "I don't normally drink every day"... you could say this is a holiday fortnight where you are going to drink every day, but after a certain date go back to days when you do drink and days when you don't.

Papyrus02 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:29:06

I drink very occasionally. Will often go many, many months without a drink. Have had two glasses of wine in last 18 months. Probably didn't finish them either... my DH thinks that's very odd.

I drank quite a bit in my late teens and throughout twenties. Used it to get through social situations etc. Now feel much, much better for not drinking. I used to love the taste of dry white wine, now I don't. As others have said, skin is much better, I feel better.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sat 20-Jul-13 20:30:46

if you think you're doing well or achieving something not having a drink of an evening, you've probably got a problem

I agree with this.

Taffeta Sat 20-Jul-13 20:35:07

Often a week goes by and I've only had one glass of wine all week. Last week I had a few G and Ts as thirst quenchers, which is rare for me.

And yesterday I went to a wedding and got proper shitfaced had champagne, no idea how much as was topped up every 10 minutes, Pimms, white wine and gin and tonic. But thats v rare, that much, maybe once or twice a year.

I usually have a bottle of wine over the weekend. (Dh does not drink)
This translates to two glasses on Friday, then two on Sunday.

I drink more if there is an evening out, or a dinner party, but not more than 3-4 glasses of an evening. Might skip my weekend bottle if I have other "events".

I actually think I drink too much!

SirChenjin Sat 20-Jul-13 20:43:51

Very rarely. I had a couple of glasses of wine over 2 nights on holiday a couple of weeks ago but they knocked me out each time. The time before that was a couple of months ago when we had friends over for a meal and I had a couple of glasses of wine with our meal and before that it was New Year.

I just don't really drink, and don't get how people can drink every day. Honestly, it would just make me fall asleep or feel really crap.

thelma3333 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:46:55

I used to drink a lot in my twenties. Now I have couple of units a month. I used to drink one every night for a few months but realised that I was doing it out of habit and couldn't wait to have my evening drink. So I knew I had to stop.

looseleaf Sat 20-Jul-13 20:47:20

maternitart that's really useful. I think I could so easily become an alcoholic not from how much I drink at the moment but from how easily I could drink too much and all the time.
I will aim to drink less in case!

thelma3333 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:48:13

Have heard that you shouldn't drink every day as body needs completely alcohol free days to recover. Hope that helps

formicadinosaur Sat 20-Jul-13 21:07:25

I drink 2 nights a week and have about 100ml serving each time

whyno Sat 20-Jul-13 21:11:35

I have a glass of wine most nights, almost never fancy more than a glass though. Do feel a bit naughty about it.

PGRated Sat 20-Jul-13 21:15:03

I started to feel like alcohol was becoming a habit for me so I stopped drinking it all together and that was months ago.
My partner has the odd bottle while playing on the PS3 during the week.

soontobeburns Sat 20-Jul-13 21:15:26

I rarely drink myself.

I dont like the taste of alcohol or feeling of being drunk. I would maybe every other week have a malibu and orange or 2 on a Saturday and my mum would open a bottle of fizzy wine with dinner on a Sunday and I wouldhave a chchampagne glass of it.

I go out approximately once every 2 months and drinks can very from a cocktail to 10 drinks.

If I had a bottle of drambuie it will be drunk in a couple days but too expensive so never do.

It sounds like more than I think I drink but im only 23 so compared to my peers its nothing and I could easily notdrink alochol at all. oh have had 2 glasses strawberry pimms in wetherspoons this week

PGRated Sat 20-Jul-13 21:15:35

*bottle of beer :S

KingRollo Sat 20-Jul-13 21:17:44

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Joiningthegang Sat 20-Jul-13 21:20:27

You can assess your drinking here :

currentbuns Sat 20-Jul-13 21:21:44

I hardly drink at all these days, but my dh probably drinks every day, and my parents have always drunk every day - wine with dinner, sometimes a G&T or similar before, sometimes a brandy after. They never get drunk and certainly don't have drinking problems. If you were to tell them they couldn't drink two nights a week, I'm sure they'd accept it with alacrity.
It isn't drinking every day that is the problem, but needing to drink every day.

Lorialet Sat 20-Jul-13 21:25:41

A couple of glasses of wine every night. I do have the occasional night off, but very rarely. Don't smoke or eat crap food though. Also, I walk 2 hours a day with the dog, so think I'm allowed a treat!

TheSecondComing Sat 20-Jul-13 21:31:41

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scottishmummy Sat 20-Jul-13 21:34:53

I don't drink
Alcohol problem is social,financial emotional problem resulting from alcohol intake
Alcoholism is compulsion,craving,poor health,impaired judgement.inabiluty to stop drinking

peacefuleasyfeeling Sat 20-Jul-13 21:37:03

None. Ever. Went off it after seriously wayward teens and never looked back. Same with recreational drugs. Love, love, love sobriety!

ExcuseTypos Sat 20-Jul-13 21:44:45

My mum was an alcoholic and died when she was only 60. I do enjoy a glass of wine or a Pimms but only about once a week. I'm just very wary that if I don't want to end up like my mother.

Interestingly my DH and I were charting about this tonight. He drinks almost everyday- 2 glasses of red wine, and he's decided he doesn't want to anymore.

ExcuseTypos Sat 20-Jul-13 21:45:08


lifesgreatquestions Sat 20-Jul-13 21:45:36

I mostly don't drink. Will get a bottle when I go shopping now and then but usually end up cooking it into a meal. Socially I'll have a drink or two. I used to drink more and I can say that I feel really healthy add a result of my change of habit, I'm less at the whim of wayward moods, I was able to stop smoking and I sleep much better. I think of you're asking then there's a part of you wondering if you are drinking too much.

dementedma Sat 20-Jul-13 21:47:06

I drink every day. I know its too much.

itsonlysubterfuge Sat 20-Jul-13 21:51:00

I'm probably not the best person ot ask this, but the most I've ever had to drink is one glass of wine. I don't drink at all. When my baby is older and I'm not breastfeeding I might have a half a glass of wine every so often, but to be honest I don't enjoy alcohol. It makes me cough, which my husband pokes fun at me for. I grew up with parents who drank a lot of beer every night. This pretty much turned me off alcohol for life.

SplitHeadGirl Sat 20-Jul-13 22:12:00

Haha had the best time reading people's fibs!!! OP....If you believe all this, you will believe anything!!

SirChenjin Sat 20-Jul-13 22:14:20

No fibs here Split. Why do you think people are lying?

flowery Sat 20-Jul-13 22:15:19

I'm assuming you know some people on this thread personally SplitHeadGirl, if you know they are lying?

squoosh Sat 20-Jul-13 22:16:49

People lie to their GP about their alcohol consumption, not to strangers on an internet forum.

flowery Sat 20-Jul-13 22:21:04

And surely if someone doesn't want other people to know how much they drink, the easiest thing to do would be not post on the thread at all. Why would people bother to lie?!

gordyslovesheep Sat 20-Jul-13 22:21:51

too much - not blind drunk every night too much but 2 glasses a night with only 1 break a week

so as of Monday I am dry except for Friday/Sat when I shall have a bottle of red

so right now I am drinking cava to get rid of the last bits in the house ! wink

aanon Sat 20-Jul-13 22:23:31

If you suspect you drink too much, please stop while you are able. My DH has 2 alcoholic parents (one recovered, one not so much) it ruined his childhood and we are still dealing with their crap at 40 yrs old. It's shit.

ImagineJL Sat 20-Jul-13 22:23:32

About 10 units a year, over about 4 nights

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 20-Jul-13 22:24:51

Once or twice a week. 3 or 4 glasses each time generally speaking.

gordyslovesheep Sat 20-Jul-13 22:27:09

I drink more than 14 units - I would not class myself as alcoholic aanon my kids never see me drunk - or hungover and I function happily in work and leisure - I drink a glass or 2 of wine when they are asleep - often, like tonight, when they aren't here

TheSecondComing Sat 20-Jul-13 22:30:55

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BonaDea Sat 20-Jul-13 22:32:37

I'm probably about to get flamed but I'm breastfeeding DS and have 2 glasses of wine (half a bottle max) most evenings, with two nights off a week. I didn't drink at all for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy then had one glass a week thereafter.

I love wine, we spend a lot of money on our choices and I really savour it.

tiredmummy33 Sat 20-Jul-13 22:37:37

Very rarely. I just dont enjoy alcohol at home so only drink if im out. I would guess that means i drink once a month?

KittensoftPuppydog Sat 20-Jul-13 22:38:25

I don't know if people are lying, but I do think that some people (like me) wont respond to this thread at all and you are likely to get a skewed sample.
Of course I only ever have a small sherry at Christmas.

aanon Sat 20-Jul-13 22:39:16

I wasn't suggesting anyone here is an alcoholic, sorry if that was the impression. I don't use the word lightly.
DH had to cope with a functioning alcoholic mother (calling ambulances, clearing up vomit etc etc) from the age of about 12 and now many many years later is dealing with a father who has fallen very dramatically off the wagon.
But they didn't become this bad overnight. It's a gradual process.

SirChenjin Sat 20-Jul-13 22:39:54

Do you think people who drink too much won't post on this thread Kitten?

Whatnameforme Sat 20-Jul-13 22:50:17

I am currently drinking a bottle of cava to myself. Don't drink everyday, but am keen to start!!

TheSecondComing Sat 20-Jul-13 22:50:23

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KittensoftPuppydog Sat 20-Jul-13 23:13:44

Sir Chen, I couldn't possibly comment...

DragonMamma Sat 20-Jul-13 23:15:53

I always exceed my units for the week. I generally have a drink 2-3 nights a week, which is a bottle of wine or a shedload of G&T's.

In our family the question was always 'Red or white?' When somebody came over not 'tea or coffee?' We are a social family and we were brought up with alcohol around us, to not drink would be strange for us.

SplitHeadGirl Sat 20-Jul-13 23:26:20

I think it is in peoples' natures to NOT tell the truth re alcohol, that's all!!!!

But reading this thread, maybe I am wrong, so I apologise!!! xx

scottishmummy Sat 20-Jul-13 23:29:24

It's Internet of course folk lie
Trust nae fucker

joiningthegang, thanks for the link. I am reassured I am ok. smile

Beaverfeaver Sun 21-Jul-13 00:22:23

I don't binge, but top up daily

I used to drink a bottle or two of beer every night, plus a glass or two of wine after with meal Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus an afternoon glass of wine on Fridays at a play date. It made me puffy with a fat tummy, so I switched to no booze Monday - Thursday, G&slimlineT on Friday, Saturday plus about a bottle of wine spread over weekend.

Look and feel heaps better for it.

Silverfoxballs Sun 21-Jul-13 08:29:57

Last year I got quite drunk on my birthday and at a wedding and also on a night out with women friends. I had about five drinks each time. I had a small baileys most nights over Christmas and new year. So probably 20 to 25 actual drinks over the year.

That really was it but I grew up with an alcoholic parent.

I think being able to drink two bottles of wine in a day is a problem It is a huge amount and also at least 1000 empty calories.

I think a huge proportion of the population have a problem with alcohol and are in denial .People get very defensive about alcohol consumption and accuse you of being joyless, it seems so required to oil social mechanisms in the Uk.

SirChenjin Sun 21-Jul-13 08:57:32

I agree Silverfoxballs. I live in Scotland, and to admit that you don't really drink is often met with confusion - alcohol seems to be a part of normal day life for so many people.

Friday to Sunday evenings only here unless I'm on holiday, going out (very rare midweek), very special occasion (birthday, new job) or we have guests.

Normally about 1 bottle of wine in total (DP only drinks beer) although drinking more lager shandy at the moment.
I never well if I've had a drink so even on holiday will have a night or two without in a week.

SoullessButSunny Sun 21-Jul-13 09:20:32

I don't drink daily. I do binge at special occasions and on holiday though.

Alcoholism runs in my family so I've made a conscious decision to not drink often and definitely not during the week because I know I can't stop at one drink.

countingmyblessings Sun 21-Jul-13 09:32:10

My dsis is coming round today so am thinking we could get alcohol free beer or wine or a nice soft drink to share. She's not a big drinker anyway.
Looking in the mirror this morning, my skin doesn't look great, it's quite puffy with a few spots. My MIL (as well as BIL) is an alcoholic & is a selfish cow. She looks like a wreck for her age. She's functional but I think the sheer volume of spirits she drinks has made her mean spirited iykwim.
After re reading the thread this morning I realise I have concerns re my alcohol consumption that I need to address. So am going to tone drinking down to once or twice a month.

IsThatTrue Sun 21-Jul-13 09:44:27

I used to drink 3 bottles of wine over the course of a week.

Drank nothing during pregnancy. Now bfing ds2 and have the odd night out where I have 1/2 a bottle of wine (2-3 glasses). No alcohol at home really as I cba with getting up 2-3 times a night after drinking.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 21-Jul-13 09:55:30

i cut down a lot post DC, initially because dd1 was an early riser, and facing 5am after even 2 glasses of wine the night before was pretty torturous. then I started (slowly and badly) jogging. by the time I get home form work, sort out the DC, eat, digest, run, and shower, there's no time for booze in the evening.

I'll have a good bottle of wine if out with friends for a meal (on average once or twice a month), and very occasionally an odd glass in the evenings at weekends or when I'm on annual leave. If I've been out I always exceed the daily limit, but will generally have nothing else that week.

haven't had a drink for a fortnight, but I'm on leave this week, and having a running injury, so will probably get through a bottle this week.

HotCrossPun Sun 21-Jul-13 09:58:25

Nothing at the moment (pregnant)

Normally a bottle of wine a week drank on Friday or Saturday.

I used to drink a lot. Cheap cider, wine, and then spirits when I was out at the weekend. Then I met DP who doesn't drink at all, and realised that there was no reason to be pissed every night.

I feel so much better for it.

BramshawHill Sun 21-Jul-13 11:33:26

I don't drink alcohol, at all. Just don't like the taste of it.

I'd say it becomes a drinking problem when you NEED it to manage. If you could go x amount of days, week, months quite happily without it then you're probably fine but if you can't imagine doing that without panicking, that's not good

jalopy Sun 21-Jul-13 11:40:18

I drink very little - perhaps, 1 to 2 glasses of wine every 4 to 6 weeks or so. I'm a lightweight so tend to feel drunk/ill very quickly. It's useful to have an 'off' button.

Remotecontrolduck Sun 21-Jul-13 11:47:44

None, don't like the taste. Wine honestly makes me gag.

I'm not sure how much is ok really. I don't think every day sounds good, but then a single small glass of wine with an evening meal doesn't strike me as bad either.

Binging is bad, but again depends what you class a binge as. If you only drink once a week and have a whole bottle of wine on a Saturday, I don't think that sounds unhealthy either. Brits do in general go out often specifically to get pissed though and that really isn't good.

I just stick to fruit juice and lemonade, it's simpler grin

I very rarely drink. Perhaps a glass of wine at Christmas or a few drinks on holiday. That's it. I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sun 21-Jul-13 13:34:07

I drink too much, I know I drink too much and I know I need to stop, I stop for a week or so then decide I want a drink again so I guess I have a problem. sad

lizzypuffs Sun 21-Jul-13 13:40:56

I have a glass of wine or a weak vodka and lemonade most nights. One is enough though and I just never feel like any more.

How I used to drink like I did as a student I will never know!

LustyBusty Sun 21-Jul-13 14:27:04

I go out once or twice a month and binge drink. Maybe a bottle of wine over dinner (7-9:30ish) then rum and cokes (3-4) and maybe a couple of shots. I will also occasionally go out for dinner with a friend and share a bottle of wine/have a few spirits and mixers. Other than that, nada. My grandad has been a semi-functional alcoholic for about 25 years (that we're aware of) and after one night of staying in their house in a foreign country, listening to him being a complete and total arse to my lovely nan (I was about 14), I made 2 rules. 1. I will not have alcohol as my first drink of the day (me and exP used to lie in on a sat am, then go to pub for brunch. He'd have a beer, I'd have coffee) and 2. I will never drink alone. (The closest I've ever come to that was me at uni, mum at home. Both had the shittiest of shit days. Both had a bottle of tesco Australian red in. Both watching strictly come dancing. I called her and we sat on the phone, 50 miles apart, drinking the same wine, watching the same tv programme. That's not alone, right?!)

bluesbaby Sun 21-Jul-13 17:12:53

I binge, which is bad, I know. I enjoy the taste of some drinks so doubt I'll ever be teetotal apart from when I get pregnant.

I drink at home sporadically - I can go 2 or 3 days in a row with a G&T each day or rum and coke. I might then not drink at home for a month. I can take it or leave it which is key. I like it but I don't need it.

I do go to the pub maybe once a week, and have a binge (3+ drinks) probably once a month. It's expensive if anything else!

MadeOfStarDust Sun 21-Jul-13 17:20:37

zero - I do not drink at all.....

I am the daughter of a dead alcoholic, a man who (only ?!? ) drank a bottle of wine every day for 20 years and it killed him. Not a nice way to go.

Lizzabadger Sun 21-Jul-13 18:38:20

I drink a bottle of wine a week spreadover F/S/Su. I work in a memory disorders clinic. Lots of people (prob dependent on genetics) find that regularly drinking over the guidelines catches up with them in their forties and they notice that their memory and thinking is not as efficient as it was.

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Cat98 Sun 21-Jul-13 19:06:49

A little Too much I think - I drink about a bottle and a half of wine a week on average- sometimes more, sometimes less. I drink it over 3/4 nights. So I probably stick to 14 units a week on average and have a couple of dry days, but on the days I do drink it's probably too much.
I used to drink a lot less but it crept up a couple of years ago when we lost our baby. I'm currently sipping a glass of cava. I won't drink mon, tues or fri this week but may well have a glass or 2 on the other nights.

sparkle12mar08 Sun 21-Jul-13 19:41:17

I rarely drink wine at home anymore, perhaps a single glass once a month or less. I also don't drink every week even, sometimes it might be two to three weeks between having a drink. If and when I do drink, I'll have one double gin and tonic, or perhaps a double Tia Maria and coke, and that's it. It will always either be with a meal, or in the evening after a meal, never before and never on a empty stomach.

If we have friends over for sunday lunch though (3-4 times a year maybe?) we'll often go through nearly a bottle per adult over the course of four or five hours, and then a couple of bottles of dessert wine on top.

Alcohol is simply another flavour for me, and not one I particularly care for over other drinks, so I've never understood the need for alcohol that others have.

missrlr Sun 21-Jul-13 20:29:17

Very little usually perhaps one or two glasses a week, but usually not. Mostly as on call so no can do. And many times cant remember when the last time I drank was.

best look on a police officer's face when stopped for the pre christmas crack down and I simply couldn't remember then smiled and said on holiday in September, but tomorrow I will be drinking!

Special occasions a different story but my off switch is developing nicely, it has taken a few years ....... These happen 3 or 4 times a year.

mercury7 Sun 21-Jul-13 20:29:35

another teetotal
very low tolerance for booze & just dont really enjoy it

Doubtfuldaphne Sun 21-Jul-13 20:33:39

I gave up drinking three years ago and don't miss it at all. It's expensive and makes you feel crap in the morning if you have too much. Empty calories too!

itsonlysubterfuge Sun 21-Jul-13 20:40:36

How big are the wine glasses you drink from if 2 or 3 glasses is half a bottle of wine?

Genuine question.

Notcontent Sun 21-Jul-13 20:41:59

I have one glass of wine every evening with dinner - two if I go out, but that's not often. I don't binge, because I don't like how it makes me feel - that initial drunk feeling is lovely but afterwards is not so great.

I do think I should have more alcohol free days but I do look forward to that glass of wine...

squoosh Sun 21-Jul-13 20:44:35

The wine glasses people commonly use these days would give you 4 glasses per bottle.

Old style wine glasses, the kind my parents use and which are getting harder and harder to find will give you six glasses per bottle.

lougle Sun 21-Jul-13 20:47:30

None. Ever.

I don't like the taste of alcoholic drinks, so I would have something with a mixer when I was younger and it was 'expected of me'. Then I realised that 'no' is a complete answer, so I just say I don't want it.

TBH, I even water down J2O because I find the taste too strong hmm

libertine73 Sun 21-Jul-13 20:49:39

Too much, It's something I definitely need to tackle. And yes, most days, with weekends drinking more.

I usually have a glass or two of wine on an evening with a couple of nights off, sometimes mre, s ometimes less. 8 weeks pg now though and must admit I am missing it. I have also had to tell some white lies to avoid drinking with others without telling them why. Not having any has made me aware that I was probably having too much. I future I will stick to one bottlespread over a week as a general rule.

What do you do if a good friends drinks too much?? My best mate reckons she drinks about 6 bottles a week. She is not stupid, she knows she isnt supposed to. She lives alone and has a high powered job plus her family enjoy a drink. We have spoken a bit about it but she hasnt cut down. I worry about her!

mrstigs Sun 21-Jul-13 21:45:56

Don't ever drink at home. Don't see the need. Drink wine on nights out. Had two nights out this year so far and the last one was Friday just gone. I didn't notice how many drinks I had been given (Sat in nice beer garden with a generous friend) and ended up having four large glasses of wine. I could hardly walk home and felt like shit the next morning. grin Won't be doing that again!
I couldn't imagine drinking every night, even if it's not to get incredibly drunk like I was on Friday. I don't think I'd enjoy it. Besides if I drank more wine I'd be drinking less tea and that would be terrible. wink

flippinada Sun 21-Jul-13 21:48:36

Interesting question.

Personally, I hardly drink at all. I used to drink quite heavily in my early to late twenties; always binge drinking on a night out.

Nowadays (late thirties) I only drink occasionally and don't miss it at all.

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