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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,


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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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!

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.

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

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!

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.

Withnail fucking apple predictive text

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

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!

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?

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.

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

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

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!

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 15:44:28

CinnabarRed - Ha! I thought that as I was writing it blush

CinnabarRed Fri 08-Feb-13 15:36:27

May I just arf at "it's not cut and dry"?

ToomuchWaternotWine Fri 08-Feb-13 15:25:05

That would be too much for me, I am tall and well built but feel the effects of more than a glass of wine these days so tend to only drink on occasional nights out, never bother at home. If I drank 6 days out of 7 I can guarantee I would feel more tired, groggy, headachey queasy than I could cope with every morning, so I just don't, but that me not you.

As others have said, if you feel you need it, that's when alarm bells need to ring! Can you try cutting down to 14 units, 2 dry days and see how you react?

SilverMoo Fri 08-Feb-13 15:09:24

I drink cava, I used to drink red wine but I find it a bit strong nowadays. Sparkling wine and champagne always give me a little 'buzz' whereas red wine makes me feel a bit groggy

It would help if I could retain all the information from the OP wouldn't it?!

My excuse is I'm currently exhausted & running a fever, but coughing too much to sleep!

By the way silvermoo what kind of -pointless weak squash- wine are you drinking that has you so certain it's 8.6?

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