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Is a large glass of wine every night too much?

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cordelia28 Mon 13-Dec-10 23:16:15

A regular argument in our house,
Is it?

newwave Mon 13-Dec-10 23:17:38

Absholutelly knot Hic

I love my wine a have a glass or two most nights

classydiva Mon 13-Dec-10 23:17:58

Just the one? then no it isn't.

mogwhistle Mon 13-Dec-10 23:19:38


AngelZigzagsSparklyYuletideLog Mon 13-Dec-10 23:21:22

I wouldn't say so either.

The only down side is if it's causing problems, which you say you're arguing about it, big arguments? Or just snipes?

Is it you who has the wine?

cordelia28 Mon 13-Dec-10 23:21:36

Well it's a large glass sometimes 2 which equates Half a bottle
I suppose, but no more than that, no binge drinking- which is better? Doing that all the time or not drinking all wreek and drinking to
Comotose at the weekend? dh and I argue about this regularly (nighly
Whenever the wine is being poured!)

MrsNonSmoker Mon 13-Dec-10 23:22:17

I'd say its not enough, I shan't be the only one!

Seriously though, I get a feeling that it will add up to too many units - google it?

notanumber Mon 13-Dec-10 23:32:11

The question is, how much does it affect you?

If I have a largish glass of wine I feel sober, not even tipsy. I would feel ok to drive (though wouldn't, obviously). The glass is just nice, a relaxant, enough to take the edge off.

BUT - and it's a big but - I feel so so so so so much worse on the morning after wine nights than on mornings after alcohol-free nights.

It's not a hangover, not anything like, but it is subtley - but significantly - different to having no residual alcohol in my system.

I only noticed this when I made an effort to keep several nights a a week alcohol- free and was able to track the difference in how I felt physically and mentally the next day. Up until then I was so used to always having had a glass the night before that I thought how I felt was normal IYSWIM?

Which is a long-winded way of saying; yes, a large glass a night is too much. Sorry.

MerrilyDefective Tue 14-Dec-10 00:00:34


winnybella Tue 14-Dec-10 00:04:30

It'll be 3 or 4 units, if you have 2 6 units...times 7 hmm...42 units a week is too much, I think.

AuntiePickleBottom Tue 14-Dec-10 00:05:06

it's only too much if you are dependend on the wine rather than just enjoying it iygwim.

frazzled74 Tue 14-Dec-10 00:09:06

why dont you try to have 3 no drinking nights a week, i dont think a large glass a night is too much but if you are questioning it? then it will be good to prove that you can manage without!

Chil1234 Tue 14-Dec-10 00:14:15

3.5 bottles of wine a week is too much... especially as, these days, wine has quite a high alcohol content and liver damage is cumulative and irreversible. Having lost a friend a few years ago who was a 'few glasses of wine a night' girl (not an alcoholic) I'd suggest everyone tries going without for 7 days. It's good to give the liver a rest and a week is long enough to find other things to drink & break the habit. If anyone was to find they couldn't go a few days without a drink then they'd have to start thinking they had a problem.

magicmummy1 Tue 14-Dec-10 00:24:13

Sorry , but I think it's too much. Could you make do with just a small glass? Or some wine-free nights?

Recommended number of units per week is higher for men than women, but I'm guessing half a bottle each night is way too much for anybody. Expensive too!

expatinscotland Tue 14-Dec-10 00:25:01


anonymosity Tue 14-Dec-10 00:46:51

yes it is officially too much. the recommended amount is a 250 ml glass per night only (max).

I'm sure there are statistics online you can find - but more than that is linked and/ or implicated with the obvious results - heart disease and organ cancers as well as breast cancer.

anonymosity Tue 14-Dec-10 00:47:29

or do I mean 150 mls - sorry I have forgotten that number!

CheekyLittleStocking Tue 14-Dec-10 01:19:01

No its not enough ;)

madhattershouse Tue 14-Dec-10 01:23:49

The doctor will say it's too much....a head doctor will say it saves on the meds grin. There are supposed rules about everything these days...point of order...stress related illnesses cause many deaths these days! Get plastered and go happy I say grin

BaggedandTagged Tue 14-Dec-10 01:48:17

A large glass is 250ml- which is 3 units, so that's 21 units a week, which is the recommended limit for a man (it's 14 for a woman). On that basis you are drinking "too much".

However, those limits were completely arbitrary- there's no research to suggest that that is the "right" number. They were thrown out there by a doc put on the spot and just stuck.

The way I see it, if you dont drink, smoke or eat cake, you dont live longer, it just feels like it. There's no way I'm ever going to average below 20 units a week (even taking into account periods of enforced abstinence during preg and bf), but I accept the risk. I dont smoke, I exercise a lot, and I'm a healthy weight, so I figure I'm allowed a vice.

expatinscotland Tue 14-Dec-10 01:48:29

Yes, of course.

Eat right. Exercise.

Die anyway.

expatinscotland Tue 14-Dec-10 01:51:29

There are always going to be the poor bastards who die, sure, be it at 14 or 40 or 50.

Then there will be the ones like my dad, 77, smoked since he was about 16.

Excepting hypertension, he's not got anything wrong with him.

His parents both lived till their 90s, smoking pipes before they literally dropped dead.

As he puts it, 'Look, get it through your head, EIS, something is going to kill each and every one of us, it's just a matter of when. And it's all a big gamble. The best you can do is to acquit yourself and die with as much peace as you can muster because fuck, it's gonna happen.'

santasakura Tue 14-Dec-10 02:02:31

It's too much
It can accumulate over time, and as you get older, harder to kick the habit
LOts of alcoholics in my family sad

santasakura Tue 14-Dec-10 02:05:22

accumulate, meaning, you drink larger and larger quantities over time without realising it.

BaggedandTagged Tue 14-Dec-10 02:07:24

EIS "Eat right. Exercise. Die anyway."

But at least you'll be a beautiful corpse grin

May print out quote from your dad and stick on wall.

My mum always says that the irony is that by the time you get to the age where you think you don't have to worry about the long term effects of heavy drinking anymore, you've gone off it.

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