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I am really enjoying being sober....

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RealityIsKnockedUp Fri 28-Jan-11 08:18:51

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LADYBOAK Fri 28-Jan-11 08:22:34

Hi Reality !

That's what I'm trying to achieve ! I used to drink about 1 bottle a night (3 days ago blush) and I gave up. I'm putting 6 pounds every day into a esaving account, I'm sure we'll be happy to have it at the end of the month !

RealityIsKnockedUp Fri 28-Jan-11 08:24:42

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TrinityMotherOfRhinos Fri 28-Jan-11 08:28:34

<Agrees completely with reality>

<like totally>

<manages to avoid completely actually saying whether she is drinking or not>

LADYBOAK Fri 28-Jan-11 08:30:57

It is very scary. 2 years ago I used to socialised more and also drink more, one day I sat and went trought my banck statement and about 750 pounds were spent on booze/fags and I'm no means rich at all ! With all the money I could save by not drinking or smoking, I could afford a sunny holiday by the end of the year. Or If I really want to be sensible, put 200-300 pounds a month aside for rainy days.
Since I have cut down alcohol, we never were in the red.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 28-Jan-11 08:34:13

i have almost gone teetotal - have had 3 glasses of wine and a bottle of beer in 3 months (not pg). and i'm not smoking as i'm co-sleeping.

i feel loads better, but i do feel like a right spare part down the pub when everyone else is having a few.

EricNorthmansMistress Fri 28-Jan-11 09:52:21

I have decided no alcohol during the week since Xmas. The first two weeks I got disgustingly drunk at the weekend. Trying to knock that on the head at the moment, last weekend I had one bottle of wine over friday and saturday I feel much much better and although I can't actually save any of the money I'm not wasting, I can pay the outstanding nursery bill blush

mutznutz Fri 28-Jan-11 09:55:03

Well done! That's fantastic and congrats on your pregnancy!

Can I just ask what you mean by....

You should all try it for a while, see how it goes.

Is there a hardcore of early evening drinkers and smokers here who are struggling or something? grin

TrinityMotherOfRhinos Fri 28-Jan-11 10:08:35

yes mutz, there is blush

I have done 14 days and then 10 days without any problem....

wukter Fri 28-Jan-11 10:12:52

Me too Reality, I could have written your post.
But I can't keep getting pregnant every 2 years to keep me in healthy mode. There MUST be some other motivation that's as effective. Mustn't there?

ShirleyKnot Fri 28-Jan-11 10:14:03

"a few drinks at the MN do"

Anyway. It's so easy to slip into the habit of drinking a bottle few glasses of wine every night, but I agree that once you do a week without reaching for that glass, it gets easier and easier and waking up every morning without feeling that fuggy feeling is just ace.

ShirleyKnot Fri 28-Jan-11 10:14:56

Weight reduction/maintenance wukter?

I find being on a "diet" helps me immensely with the not drinking thingy.

Crispmonster Fri 28-Jan-11 10:22:11

I want to cut out drinking through the week but it's hard. It relaxes me. The thing is, when DH is working away through the week sometimes, I find it very easy not to drink. Its only when he is here that I enjoy a couple of glasses. I don't drink Monday or Tuesday and I try not to on Wednesday either but that's turning into a habit as well.

BettyCash Fri 28-Jan-11 10:24:21

Interesting comment Crispmonster - the Daily Mail have an article about how middle class women drink much more than their working class counterparts, and top comment is from an ex-Briton.

He says he's barely touched drink since he left the country, and deduces that the reason Britons drink so much is we have crap lives with too much stress and we NEED it!

I happen to agree...

RealityIsKnockedUp Fri 28-Jan-11 10:37:20

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swanandduck Fri 28-Jan-11 10:41:36

I'm desperately trying to cut out wine during the week. To be honest it's just that period when I'm getting dinner and sitting down to eat it. I've got into such a habit of opening a bottle of wine. Last night I met a friend after work for coffee and a chat and didn't get home until 8 and quite happily had a cup of tea and a pastry and couldn't have cared less about no wine.

wukter Fri 28-Jan-11 10:53:24

That doesn't work for me Shirley, I don't care enough.
It's the ritual I think, a little ritual of imbibing a treat.

FindingStuffToChuckOut Fri 28-Jan-11 10:54:03

26 week here! I too really enjoyed a sober Xmas/NY - so much less stressful grin.
I did eat chocolate though & I normally wouldn't look much at that.

Since I had DD over 3 years ago I've had about 4 hangovers, and after this baby I reckon I'll have even less. I drink LOADS less & love it.

swanandduck - do it!! It's just a habit & you can break it.

cunexttuesonline Fri 28-Jan-11 11:00:19

Well, yeah when I was pregnant I didn't feel like drinking at all so didn't mind being teetotal.

I hate hate hate the hangovers and the fear. but in saying that, there is nothing better than opening a bottle of nice, cold white wine on a friday after a busy/stressful week and hearing that gigigigigigigig noise as you pour it out and then aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh, that's better!

blush grin

Ormirian Fri 28-Jan-11 11:01:25

It is surprisingly nice isn't it?

abouteve Fri 28-Jan-11 11:08:09

That's good especially as you are pregnant. I had half a bottle of red last night, but that was the first drink of the week, wouldn't want to give up my weekend wine and I'm not spending a significant amount on it.

Would like to give my 10 a day habit the boot. Need to phych myself up for a quit attempt again and want this one to be the last.

halfcaff Fri 28-Jan-11 11:10:59

I stopped drinking during the week (unless a rare night out!) just over a year ago as I really wanted to stop smoking, and lost all will-power with an evening glass of wine. On a general health-kick with starting to run twice a week, wanted to get fit and lose a bit of weight for first ski holiday in 9 years. Really pleased I have managed to stay off the fags, except for pinching the odd roll-up off a friend. I have started to enjoy de-caff tea, ginger tea, Rooiboos vanilla and 'Sleepytime' tea in the evenings sometimes with a sweet treat unless I am watching the weight. Much more yummy than wine and just as comforting.

MrsChemist Fri 28-Jan-11 11:23:33

I cut down drastically about 8 months ago after I went on a bender and the subsequent hangover just wasn't worth it.

I'm now pregnant and can't say I miss it at all

TrillianAstra Fri 28-Jan-11 11:29:10

Yes, just a "few" drinks at the MN do

Glad you are enjoying it

AbsDuCroissant Fri 28-Jan-11 11:38:09

on the BBC website at the moment they have a booze calculator thing, which is potentially very sobering. I put in what DP had at his work do and pointed and laughed and it was quite something.

Back in Dec. I started a thread that everyone pointed and laughed at (because of my timing) about giving up something (for me it was a near-daily starbucks), but, I have saved muchos dinero which is going towards shoes. Possibly. Or something else.

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