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

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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.

LittleSporksBigSpork Sat 20-Jul-13 19:23:43

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.

Justforlaughs Sat 20-Jul-13 19:34:37

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!

YouStayClassySanDiego Sat 20-Jul-13 20:06:50

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.

themaltesefalcon Sat 20-Jul-13 20:19:38

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.

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