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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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See it is interesting for ME to read this....

I live in Wisconsin...there is a bar just about on every corner, in every town....even places that only have a few houses and a church, you bet it still has a bar!  Here people drink for everything...parties, weekends, sports, etc...most people I know wouldn't bat an eye at having 4 or 5 beers a day...all in a day's work so to speak.

I know for me I am a social drinker.....BUT when drinking is everywhere, I guess I'd have to say I drink a lot....still nothing compared to most people I know!

I would say I drink 4 out of 7 days in a week, with most of those days having about 4 drinks or beers. Sometimes less, sometimes more.....

I gained a lot of weight earlier in the year after losing a family member and grieving...emotional intensities often lead to outward expressions of self-destruction.  I'm trying very hard to undo a lot of that.  I gave up all alcohol for a month earlier in the year and began slowly re-introducing it to myself, socially.  An emotional setback made me give it up completely again.  Now, I limit myself to no more than 3 drinks a week, and I only drink wine (red if I have the luxury of choosing - when I'm at a friends, and they offer, and its white wine, I'll have a small glass mixed with diet Sprite or something).

 

Alcohol doesn't have to be bad for you.  It is empty calories, etc, and all that health advice.  But don't neglect its effect on your emotional well-being.  If you're a happy person, it may magnify that happiness - and can lead to poor choices if you're not careful.  More commonly, I think, if you have emotional down periods as I've gone through, it acts as a depressant and can make it worse.  A healthy emotional "body" leads to a healthy and happy physical body.  Drink what makes you feel healthy, inside and out.

Eggg, old forum (who cares)

Me, I drink 4 drinks a week. I never gained, I'm losing, I still feel healthy, and I become totally relaxed during that night (or split between two nights). No hangover, good times.

ZIPPO! No drinks for me, EVER! 

No drinks for me either. My family has a pretty strong tendency to addiction, so I try to stay away. I figure that, if I never drink, I can't become an alcoholic Cool.

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Too many drinks a week.

Normal would be up to 6-7, I think, but it varies a lot. Nothing except 6 drinks on Saturday isn't really normal/healthy, but 1 drink a day with dinner is probably fine.

When not watching my weight, I averaged 2 a week. Now I don't drink any.

I usually limit myself to two drinks when I'm out.  Even if it's beer, wine, mixed drink..it's always just two drinks.  I drank a lot in college so I'm quite proud that I've found my limit.  I don't drink often too so my tolerance is hella low. 

Original Post by phanmo:

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

Someone drinking 1 - 1.5 litres of scotch a week plus beers is a heavy drinker.   The effects of long-term heavy alcohol consumption on the human body are well-documented and potentially quite serious.  And the effects on families of heavy alcohol consumption are also quite detrimental.  None of these are 'knee-jerk reactions', surely?  They are a straight-line case of 'cause and effect'.

There's something unique about alcohol that when it's suggested that a person should cut back their consumption the one suggesting it is attacked as having 'personal issues' or being a 'prude' or a 'killjoy'.   Whereas if one was to suggest that someone should stop smoking so much, quit using drugs, stop eating quite so much junk-food.... it's more acceptable.  Why do we think that is?  Why are heavy drinkers so defensive?

 

 

I usually go out about twice a week...during the week i keep the drinks to a max of 2-3...if I'm out on the weekends I tend to go overboard and have anywhere from 5-10 drinks on that night...eh not good, and I am trying to cut back, but it's tough!  I don't go out as much in winter, but during summer those happy hours are so tempting...

This week I drank 3 nights and had 7 drinks among those 3 nights...not too bad for me!

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.

 

Yeah, my ex-husband used to drink about that much as well.  Hence he is my EX.  I have no passion or sympathy for an alcoholic.  Living with one for years will suck your life force dry and it is a type of stress that NO ONE deserves to live with.

That aside- I'm a social drinker and enjoy drinks on occassion.  I'd say on average I drink about 3-4 times a month.  I never really get drunk, but I drink more than I should calorie wise.

I drink maybe a few beers during the week. And weekends I drink ...on an average Id say about 4-5 beers, 1-3 shots, 3-4 mixed drinks...

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Hi everyone...  i guess i will just introduce myself here on this topic.. lol

 

I have lost about 6 pounds in Feb-  and I DRINK!  

I'm conducting a personal experiment on a diet that includes being a regular drinker, and as a former weight-loss coach, a few of my clients wanted to keep their six pack or 12 pack a day in their weight-loss goals. Surprised

 

So if they were not going to stop drinking to lose weight, I suggested going to a light beer, vodka, and wine with seltzer instead.

 

Surprisingly for me I had one client lose twenty pounds in 6 months, and another serious drinker lose 50 pounds in six months.

As a new experiment for me, as I am very interested in this subject, I have decided to journal and eventually make a short documentary about my beer and vodka diet.  So I drink 40 proof shots of vodka, on calorie count it says it is 56 calories...

And I drink natural lite beer at 95 calories.

I will post my blog about my journey and show the results of my experiment when I reach my goal for this experiment.  Wink

 

cheers,

-spyCool

 

 

Original Post by itsspygrrl:

I will post my blog about my journey and show the results of my experiment when I reach my goal for this experiment.  Wink

 

 

You do realise that liver damage isn't going to show up on bathroom scales?  I get so angry with the stupidity of the mentality that says as long as you're slim and burning off the calories, it's OK to drink to excess.  No it isn't...  Ever heard of a Northern Irish and Manchester United footballer (soccer) player called George Best?   The man was never fat in his life, professional sportsman at international level but he was dead before he got to sixty years old because he drank like a fish.   A nice, skinny corpse...

A small number of alcoholic drinks as part of a calorie controlled diet... not a health issue, not a weight issue, not a problem.  Six and 12 packs a day, light beer, vodka and spritzers .... those people are alcohol abusers and have more problems than a bit of extra flab.  You're not doing them any favours condoning their self-destructive habits. 

A slim alcoholic does not = healthy.... 

 

I absolutly agree with you.

But, I have met more alcoholics, who dispite their drinking are wonderful and functional people and articulate on the ramifications of their lifestyle. They specifically asked me to help with their weight-loss not to lecture them on what they already know. What I have found interesting with a few of them is that once they reached their target weight they then changed their drinking habits.

 

"I have lost about 6 pounds in Feb-  and I DRINK!"

So what was that about?

Oh I drank so very heavily in college! I could knock back a fifth of JD and not blink.

I am the only Irish girl you'll ever meet who hates beer but I made up for it in whiskey and did for a good 10 years then one day I grew up and realized there was more to life that being fall down drunk it was hard at first but then I found myself pregnant with my daughter and since she has come along (she's 12) I have a couple glasses of wine once in a while. I agree with Spirochete it makes you crave crappy food and is not at all conducive to working out. As for how much is normal who can really say, normal for me is a glass of wine sitting in the hot tub, normal for my best friend is every Tuesday when they bowl drinking a pitcher or two with friends.

Excessive on the other hand is when it is always about drinking. When instead of planning food and drinks around an event you plan an even around the drinks.

I know I'm no help just offering my meager 2 cents.

Irish to the bone. You can find me at the local Irish pub at least 1-2 nights per week, but I usually have 2 ciders or a cider and a beer and nothing more plus maybe a shot of Jameson. Every 2 months or so, however, I have a little bender that usually sort of "just happens" being around buddies and all.

It's never impeded my weight loss.

Original Post by belladonna1026:

Oh I drank so very heavily in college! I could knock back a fifth of JD and not blink.

I am the only Irish girl you'll ever meet who hates beer but I made up for it in whiskey and did for a good 10 years then one day I grew up and realized there was more to life that being fall down drunk it was hard at first but then I found myself pregnant with my daughter and since she has come along (she's 12) I have a couple glasses of wine once in a while. I agree with Spirochete it makes you crave crappy food and is not at all conducive to working out. As for how much is normal who can really say, normal for me is a glass of wine sitting in the hot tub, normal for my best friend is every Tuesday when they bowl drinking a pitcher or two with friends.

Excessive on the other hand is when it is always about drinking. When instead of planning food and drinks around an event you plan an even around the drinks.

I know I'm no help just offering my meager 2 cents.

hi. im another irish girl who doesn't like beer. but being in college i make up for it in other ways. my mixers however are always diet, once in a while a high calorie cocktail will make its way to my lips but ive tried to cut back. most of my friends go out and drink 3-4 times a week. im trying only 1 maybe 2. i don't have the money, its counterproductive to my workouts and to be honest i rather eat yummy foods than drink sometimes. im doing better than most college kids so im pretty proud.

 

Well.. I am Irish, and I love Beer... Laughing, but I don't drink too much now. Only about 3 to 4 per week depending on what sports I am playing that week.

For some reason... beer and sports just go together for me... I play hockey during the summer and winter months (2 teams in the winter), and there is always beer after hockey. So.. the calories that I burn playing hockey, go right back on afterwards... It is just so refreshing after playing hard.

Also... Golf.... after 4 hours on the course in the heat... there is nothing like a Cold Bud Light afterwards... Mmmmm....

I guess the key for me is everything in moderation.

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