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To think my friends drink too much?

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blanchedeveraux Sun 23-Mar-14 14:00:08

Firstly, I'd like to establish that I know it's none of my business, but a couple we are good friends with are drinking more and more every time we socialise with them and their 18 year old DS has been drinking illegally in pubs for about 3 years with fake ID and already has a huge beer gut.

Maybe I'm in the wrong but do you think this sounds like excessive alcohol consumption?

Met up at 12 noon for early lunch. Both of them drank 2 bottles of wine each with lunch. We then went to the pub (3pm by now) and by 7pm they had a further 8 pints of lager each. Me and DH were floored by this time (hadn't drunk nearly as much but were comparative lightweights). We got a cab home and I texted the following day to thank them for a good day out and asked how much longer they had stayed. She replied "Oh, we were there till midnight, I'm more lager than woman now ha ha".

Neither of them ever seem to suffer from hangovers or any obvious ill effects (although both are putting on a LOT of weight).

They are self employed and go out to the pub almost every night of the week.

They are good company and we only see them about once a month but every time they seem to be drinking more than ever.

Just wondered what others thought?

phantomnamechanger Sun 23-Mar-14 14:02:39

2 bottles of wine and 8 pints of lager each !!

hell of a lot IMO

NigellasDealer Sun 23-Mar-14 14:02:46

do you need to ask?
pair of alcoholics!

Finola1step Sun 23-Mar-14 14:03:40

Blimey. That's a shed load of alcohol.

Pre dc I could put away a fair bit on a night out. But by a fair bit I mean a bottle and a half of wine and a couple of spirits over dinner. Your friends' consumption is off the scale.

Nowt you can do about it though.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sun 23-Mar-14 14:05:09

Way too much, but I doubt they care, and I doubt there's much you can do about it unfortunately.

ivanapoo Sun 23-Mar-14 14:05:13

I think it's very excessive, well above the recommended limits and quite worrying that they don't get hangovers.

Also - how the hell do they afford it?? That's probably about £120 worth of alcohol in one night alone.

But it really is not your business so best to perhaps meet them in a non pub situation if it bothers you.

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 23-Mar-14 14:05:49

Really ?? I know a fair amount of people who can drink a considerable amount, but 2 bottles of wine then at least 8 pints....?? Sounds a little like William Hague's claim to have drunk 16 pints a day as a lad... Ie unbelievable

Bowlersarm Sun 23-Mar-14 14:06:24

Sounds a hell of a lot.

But, yes, not your business, I'm afraid.

NoArmaniNoPunani Sun 23-Mar-14 14:06:29

I drink more than the government says I should but I'd be totally cunted if I drank a bottle of wine to myself

CannyBagOfTudor Sun 23-Mar-14 14:07:14

Two bottles of wine EACH over LUNCH?? YANBU!

expatinscotland Sun 23-Mar-14 14:07:41

Meet in a non pub setting.

SugarMouse1 Sun 23-Mar-14 14:08:07

No way, I used to drink an awful lot, but even I'd have been floored after 2 bottles of wine and have a terrible hangover the next day.

How often do they drink?

It must cost a fortune to do it in pubs.

blanchedeveraux Sun 23-Mar-14 14:08:52

Thanks for responses. I don't understand how they afford it, although their business does seem to be quite successful. They employee 5 full time staff and they all have a company vehicle.

I know there's nothing I can do about it and maybe that day they drank more than normal but it was the fact it seemed to barely register. If I had drunk that much I'd be unconscious!

Also, their job involves driving around different sites so I can't imagine they would pass a breathalyser test the next day.

WorraLiberty Sun 23-Mar-14 14:10:26

God yes they drink way too much.

There's nothing you can say or do about it though as I'm sure they already know it.

usuallyright Sun 23-Mar-14 14:10:28

I would be dead after 2 bottles of wine and 8 lagers

RedPencilPot Sun 23-Mar-14 14:12:02

Is this a joke? Would it be possible to drink that much and not need your stomach pumped? confused

Definitely 2 bottles? Not 2 glasses?

NurseyWursey Sun 23-Mar-14 14:13:31

I can drink that blush

I think as long as they aren't doing anyone any harm, ie being violent or abusive, and they know the effect it can have on their bodies.. leave them to it.

fuzzpig Sun 23-Mar-14 14:14:29

Yikes. Sounds a huge amount to me.

blanchedeveraux Sun 23-Mar-14 14:15:55

No, it's not a joke. I've known the woman since I was 17 and she always had a much bigger capacity for alcohol than me and didn't get sick or feel particularly hungover the next day.

She went on a health kick in her 20s and lost a lot of weight and got fit through marathon running but gradually she's gone back to her old ways.

The day we were out she had 2 bottles of wine followed by 8 pints of lager and probably another 5 pints of lager after we left judging by her comment and when she left the pub.

blanchedeveraux Sun 23-Mar-14 14:19:25

NurseyWursey. Thanks for being so honest. They're lovely people and I understand your point.

MizTiggle Sun 23-Mar-14 14:21:23

I'd be unconscious after 2 bottles of wine and I'm he hardcore one in my group of friends shock

NewtRipley Sun 23-Mar-14 14:23:21

Yes they are.

And what many people do overlook (as someone upthread said) is that people who are routinely drinking too much are often routinely drink-driving

FamiliesShareGerms Sun 23-Mar-14 14:24:10

13 pints and two bottles of wine is about 48 units (more if it was stronger lager). In less than 12 hours they drank 48 units each - really?

NewtRipley Sun 23-Mar-14 14:24:18

i think drink-driving is everyone's business.

MammaTJ Sun 23-Mar-14 14:24:19

I drink a fair bit but even I think this is a lot! I never drink before my DC's bedtime anyway, as I just can't. One pint or a couple of glasses of wine at lunchtime and I would be a mess.

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