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How much alcohol do you drink a week?


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I was raised in a family that seldom drinks alcohol so I hardly ever drink. 

My partner's family loves alcohol and he drinks quite a lot.  He never really gets drunk because alcohol doesnt seem to affect him at all, but he can easily go through 1 - 1.5L (36 - 53oz) of whisky in a week, and possibly some beer.  It kind of annoys me, though I dont know why. I guess my 2 biggest concerns are that 1) its not healthy to drink that much and 2) it's a huge waste of money!

How much alcohol do you drink on average per week?

How much do you think is reasonable for a 'normal' person to drink per week?

Any other thoughts?

Edited Sep 29 2008 17:31 by hkellick
Reason: Moved to the Foods Forum
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I'd like to drink zero but I probably have a few beers a week on average. Some weeks I do a lot worse and I pay for it-it makes me crave crappy foods, I can't exercise properly, I get crabby the next day, etc.

I was married to an Irish guy who could drink 500lb men under the table and not even act like he had one drink. It was weird. The whole thing is very subjective.

My mom on the other hand, she would drink 1/2 bottle of wine and be drunk as could be, and she did that most nights of the week. For her that was BAD, but for some people three glasses of wine is nothing

Ok I just gave the longest non-answer to your question. Sorry.

well, if we're talking about last week, none.  the week before, i think two bottles of red wine.

the question isn't really "how much is too much" or "how much is normal" but "is [your] partner drinking too much".  and that's for the two of you to decide (on your part, not if it's too much for him, but if it's too much for you).

It depends. I usually go out 3-4 times a month and typically drink more than I probably should. That said, I'll go months without drinking tossed in there as well. I'm a social drinker... if my friends want to go out for drinks, I'll drink... if not, I don't drink.
Same as Ali

trh, i appreciate the change of heart, but why all the empty lines?  does posting one line make you feel inadequate?  why must you take up more space than you require?

Sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. I usually regret the week when for one reason or another we end up out somewhere every evening and have a few or a few too many several nights in a row.

"trh, i appreciate the change of heart, but why all the empty lines?  does posting one line make you feel inadequate?  why must you take up more space than you require?"

Because I'm being forced to switch to CC+ and it doesn't always do what I want it to do.  However, when I switched back to Classic and opened the thread to see what had been said by others, I edited out the lines even before I read your post.
Original Post by pgeorgian:

the question isn't really "how much is too much" or "how much is normal" but "is [your] partner drinking too much". and that's for the two of you to decide (on your part, not if it's too much for him, but if it's too much for you).

Ha. Yep, that's probably true! :)

Original Post by trhawley:

"trh, i appreciate the change of heart, but why all the empty lines?  does posting one line make you feel inadequate?  why must you take up more space than you require?"

Because I'm being forced to switch to CC+ and it doesn't always do what I want it to do.  However, when I switched back to Classic and opened the thread to see what had been said by others, I edited out the lines even before I read your post.

sorry.  i see a lot of posts where there are two or three lines of text, then half an acre of blank space, then two or three more lines.  i don't get it.

You know what, I have been drinking a couple of glasses of wine a night for a few years now, just a kind of habit. But then the doctor said my red blood cell count was high which can be bad news healthwise .... I have realised that even if the alcohol does not affect your behavior or your life in any way, regular drinking is BAD for you. It will slowly damage the system inside out and you won't even know it's happening.

So get him to talk to a doctor about it maybe, and try to cut down slowly till he is drinking just a few nights a week, and then only in moderation - that level of drinking should be fine.

I dislike the taste of alcohol, and have never found any alcoholic drink that I like.  That said, I've been trying for the past two months to drink one small glass of red wine a night because it's supposed to be so good for you.  It's been a struggle, but I've gotten to the point where I can tolerate the taste.  Sometimes I even enjoy it!

Anniebaker2008, do you think my one glass counts as too much alcohol?  I thought red wine was good for a person!  I'm confused about this.

Original Post by erinread:

I dislike the taste of alcohol, and have never found any alcoholic drink that I like. That said, I've been trying for the past two months to drink one small glass of red wine a night because it's supposed to be so good for you. It's been a struggle, but I've gotten to the point where I can tolerate the taste. Sometimes I even enjoy it!

Anniebaker2008, do you think my one glass counts as too much alcohol? I thought red wine was good for a person! I'm confused about this.

Lately I have been hearing that you can mostly get the benefits that red wine has from red grape juice, or just grapes. It's some compound that I can't think of the name for. But there have also been studies that show that a small daily amount of alcohol is good for you combined with a healthy balanced diet. And of course there are studies that say the exact opposite, that alcohol is bad for you period. So with all that being said, I really wouldn't try to force red wine into your diet if you don't like it just because you've heard it's good for you.

I don't drink much--empty calories and all--but I tend to have one or two nights a month where I give in and have more than I think I can handle at the time.  There as a point in my life where I was drinking every weekend though--grad school--I don't think I have the stamina for that sort of alcohol consumption (and the effects thereafter)

I really don't think there is any "normal" amount to drink--especially when you factor in things that moderate the effect of alcohol (time, gender, food, other drug interactions, etc.) as well as social perceptions and cultural norms of what's acceptable to consume.

You are right, it's not healthy to consume that much alcohol per week!  In the states, the general guideline is 1-2 drinks a day (as in 1 oz. of 100-proof liquor, a 12 oz. beer, or 4 oz. of wine) is "OK".  Once you start going over 5 drinks per session, you enter into a high-risk drinking category.

There's a lot of good resources out there if you're interested.

Someone drinking a litre and a half of scotch plus beer each week is certainly a heavy drinker.   1 litre of scotch on its own equates to 40 units and the recommended limit for health is that men should drink no more than 3 or 4 units a day or 21 - 28 per week.  So you do have grounds to be concerned.  If you check out this link http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-your-drinki ng/ there is some good information.  There's even a questionnaire you can do about drinking behaviour.   Regular drinking over the recommended amount does cause liver damage over time and, unfortunately, because the liver is quite resiliant, the first someone is likely to know about it is when they land up in hospital.  The 'couple of glasses' of red wine mentioned earlier were probably quite generous home-poured measures?

I drink about 1 bottle of wine per week... 9 units.

I use to drink over a case of beer a day, now that I am trying to lose weight I limit myself to social drinking (parties, etc...). Not sure about the health risk other than beer has lots of empty calories. I know when I was drinking alot it was because it would take the edge off some issues I was having at home. I would work all day in a stressful management position and my wife was going through post pardom depression, so that drink I had everyday helped me (in my mind) helped me get through handling 2 screaming kids every afternoon.

 

Original Post by jax0518:

I use to drink over a case of beer a day, now that I am trying to lose weight I limit myself to social drinking (parties, etc...). Not sure about the health risk other than beer has lots of empty calories. I know when I was drinking alot it was because it would take the edge off some issues I was having at home. I would work all day in a stressful management position and my wife was going through post pardom depression, so that drink I had everyday helped me (in my mind) helped me get through handling 2 screaming kids every afternoon.

 

 There's something better for that

Erinread,

One glass of wine a day is fine, but doctors recommend two completely alcohol-free days a week. I would have your small glass five days a week - but it is not essential so don't force yourself! Also watch out that you don't start liking it too much ; )

The problems start when you have a bottle on Saturday with friends, then half a bottle for the next five days, then maybe go to a party and have some beers ... it all adds up to a dangerous amount.

I've started measuring the wine I drink and limiting it to 4 oz. per day. That's 1/2 a cup! Some health resources even set the limit for women at 3 oz. per day. Not much in those big wine glasses. I don't think most people really have any idea how horrible alcoholism is. My sister-in-law died at the age of 38 of the disease. She started bleeding internally. I guess you can say her insides just started to fall apart. I don't want to be too sensational. But heavy drinking causes alcoholism. When you're young you think you can stop any time you want. Then, you can't.

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Ultimately it's up to him, and only him.  You said yourself that he doesn't get drunk and you don't know why it bothers you.  That seems more like an issue you have with drinking, not a problem he has.

He may be drinking more than is good for him...  but so what?  Everybody does things that aren't entirely in their best interest, and it's their own choice and nobody else's, not even a husband/boyfriend or girlfriend/wife, unless it becomes a problem, which is not the case here.

Drinking is something that raises a lot of strong opinions, but most of those are knee-jerk reactions from personal issues, not objective analysis.

I drink a glass or two of wine at dinner, a couple of beers a week, and I go out and get drunk every now and then. 

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