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To think I don't have a drink problem?

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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,


andubelievedthat Fri 08-Feb-13 16:05:33

on that tv prog. "police ,camera action" the traffic cops pulled a guy mid afternoon ,and breathe tested him, he was 4 times over the limit re drink driving yet was as coherent as (on the face of it ) u,me and anyone else ,the coppers at the time/scene couldn"t believe it either, point being is (imo) statistics/averages are simply that ,statistics and averages. thou, if you are pissing the bed ? perhaps its time to maybe cut back,just a little.

SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 16:42:47

andubelievedthat - I don't think you need much to be over the limit for driving.

Fortunately I haven't wet the bed yet, I would be a bit worried if it got to that point!

whyno Fri 08-Feb-13 17:09:44

God, you're fine!!! You're hardly going nuts. smile

SirBoobAlot Fri 08-Feb-13 17:18:37

Was told recently it is more dangerous to your body to have a glass of wine every night than it is to have the occasional binge, because then the damage is constant.

I like wine as much as the next person, and would (and sometimes do) happily have a glass every night. But worth considering the long term effect rather than just the suggestion you might have a drink problem.

Cat98 Fri 08-Feb-13 17:21:50

I usually have 1 - 1.5 bottles a week. I have 3 nights off. So I'm not over the weekly limit, but perhaps just over the daily limit. Does anyone know which is worse for you? Would I be better off having no nights off but less every night?

Cat98 Fri 08-Feb-13 17:22:28

Sorry- that's just out of interest; clearly the best thing would be to cut down both!

babiesinslingsgetcoveredinfood Fri 08-Feb-13 17:24:02

I like wine as much as the next person, so long as the next person is Wothnail grin

babiesinslingsgetcoveredinfood Fri 08-Feb-13 17:24:32

Withnail fucking apple predictive text

irishchic Fri 08-Feb-13 18:50:54

Around this time last year i decided to take stock of what i was drinking, as i suspected that i was slightly over the guidelines, and was also taking up sport to get fit, so just wanted to cut down really.

I had beed drinking 2 large glasses a night. When i actually converted that into units, two large glasses (175ml to 250mls) of 13 or 13.5% wine, i was actually drinking around 5 units a night, and therefore 35units a week!
I was horrified, and it really was a wake up call. I now have cut down to just a couple of glasses of 8/9% wine on a friday and sat night, or maybe a little more if i am out, but either way almost never go over 14units a week.

I found it desperately hard at first, but feel a lot healthier, more energy and better skin, and more money in my pocket, so glad i did it. Shudder to think i was actually drinking all that much for a couple of years before i caught on to it.

thebody Fri 08-Feb-13 19:05:40

Don't be silly, you don't have a problem.

Me and dh have cut down and have non drinking days sun to thurs ( occasionally a wed wobble)

So we drink fri and sat.. Life is too short to give up all vices.

I would rather bow out happy at 70 than linger in a nursing home to 90 getting frailer and confused but had lived a 'healthy life'

We all got to die so live aye!

ClippedPhoenix Fri 08-Feb-13 19:12:45

I'm with the not a problem camp here. Stuff government guidelines too.

I like a few myself wine

RoomForASmallOne Fri 08-Feb-13 19:16:11

I agree with FolkGirl and other like minded posters.

Problems with alcohol are bugger all to do with units or alcohol percentage per bottle or how many nights off you have a week.

If you can't do without it (I know you said you can OP, so doubt you are a problem drinker) then it is, or most certainly will become a problem.

frustratedashell Fri 08-Feb-13 19:21:21

I agree with thebody. And OP i dont think thats too bad, but maybe have 2 or 3 alcohol free days per week. It gives your body the chance to recover apparently. Cheers!

maleview70 Fri 08-Feb-13 20:06:21

Who gives a shit what guidelines say?

I like a drink, am never nasty with it, never get drunk and can afford it
so I don't see a problem. I probably drink 40 units a week.

Who wants to live til they are 85 anyway? Let's face it with little pension provision and rising bills, the future is very bleak for many people.


ClippedPhoenix Fri 08-Feb-13 20:10:33

We've got to go of something haven't we ay.

My mate and I are going to be mummified, placed sitting up on stone thrones no less in a mausoleum with one hand cupped for a drink to be placed in and the other with with two fingers jutting out for a fag placement.

Bliss on the other side grin

PurpleStorm Fri 08-Feb-13 21:30:18

If you can go without it, then you probably don't have a drinking dependancy problem.

Have you tried putting that to the test by changing your drinking routine and drinking less temporarily?

Can't really comment on whether the amount you drink is a problem for you because that'll depend so much on your personal metabolism, lifestyle, health and so on.

Jayne266 Mon 11-Feb-13 08:07:38

I don't think you have a problem but why does it worry you?
(do you feel it's too much has someone pointed it out to you) I would try not having any for a week and see how your mood is and how easy you find it.

scaevola Mon 11-Feb-13 08:27:56

If you're posting, perhaps it has hit a chord with you?

If so, then perhaps having two or three non-drinking days each week might make you happier.

Wishiwasanheiress Mon 11-Feb-13 09:47:51

Surely the first or only glass is ok as that's the one that's enjoyable? That's the one u taste, savour, eat with, enjoy? The next one slightly less so and so on. The amount of smokers who say the first is best! So I don't see one as an issue if u want one a night.

A bottle a night....? Different. Can't taste much after 4 glasses can u?

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